The dramedy "Men in Trees" will take over the 10 p.m. ET Thursday spot starting Thursday, Nov. 30. The series, which stars Anne Heche as a self-help author who tries to put her own life back together in a small Alaska town, has been a steady (although not huge) performer for ABC on Fridays this fall.
Along with the new timeslot, "Men in Trees" has also received a full-season pickup. It will air at 10 p.m. Thursdays through December; what happens after that will depend how it performs. As for "Six Degrees," it's done for the remainder of 2006, although ABC says it will return to schedule -- just where is unclear at the moment -- in January.
"We love these two shows and are excited at the promise they have shown," ABC chief Stephen McPherson says. "Thursdays will be a great platform for 'Men in Trees' to reach a larger audience."
"Men in Trees" has averaged about 7.5 million viewers per week on Friday nights -- where, incidentally, it has followed "Grey's Anatomy" repeats for most of the fall. In the key adults 18-49 demographic it draws a so-so 2.2 rating.
"Six Degrees," meanwhile, draws 9.64 million viewers per week, less than half of the 22.1 million who watch "Grey's Anatomy" right before it. Its 18-49 rating is 4.0, compared to 9.3 for "Grey's."
A rerun of Sunday's "Desperate Housewives" will fill the 10 p.m. spot this Thursday. A previously announced Barbara Walters special is set for 10 p.m. Nov. 16; plans for Thanksgiving night haven't been finalized yet.
"Men in Trees" becomes just the seventh new show to earn a full-season order this fall. It joins fellow ABC shows "Brothers & Sisters" and "Ugly Betty," NBC's "Heroes," CBS' "Shark" and "Jericho" and The CW's "The Game."