The return of "Six Degrees" proved to be a decidedly brief one.
The on-then-off-then-on-again ABC series appears to be off for good now after a brief return to the schedule yielded pitiable ratings. Its yanking is one of several scheduling moves the network made on Tuesday, including the movement of comedy "Notes from the Underbelly" to yet another time period.
The comedy about expectant parents will still premiere at 10 p.m. ET Thursday, April 12, following "Grey's Anatomy." The following week, though, it will move to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, where it will (presumably) stay for the remainder of the season.
For those of you keeping score, that's the fourth place ABC has put "Notes" since last spring. It was initially paired with "Big Day" on Thursday nights, an idea that was scrapped when "Ugly Betty" moved there for the start of the season. Then it was set to premiere at 9:30 p.m. next Wednesday, but then FOX expanded the "American Idol" results show to an hour, so ABC moved it again.
The show's next stop was 10 p.m. Thursdays, where it will live for all of one week before settling at 8:30 Wednesdays. The reason for the latest move was "October Road's" decent performance (8.25 million viewers, 3.5 rating in adults 18-49) following a "Grey's" rerun last week. Encouraged by those numbers, ABC will keep "October Road" in the 10 p.m. spot until it wraps its brief, six-episode season on April 26.
"Six Degrees," meanwhile, drew next to no interest upon its return (a Friday-night timeslot didn't help either). After drawing a less-than-impressive 4.45 million viewers in its March 23 return, it plummeted to 3.1 million viewers last week. Repeats of "Wife Swap" will replace it for at least the next few weeks.
ABC also says it will air back-to-back episodes of "George Lopez" at 8 p.m. Tuesdays starting April 17. And, beginning April 25, repeats of the previous week's "Lost" will air at 9 p.m. before a new episode at 10.