ABC Pulls the Plug on 'The Mayor'

ABC Pulls the Plug on 'The Mayor'

ABC Pulls the Plug on 'The Mayor'

Fans of ABC's The Mayor are seeing their laughter turn into tears following ABC's announcement that the freshman comedy had been removed from the office.

Despite an order for three backup scripts, the Disney-owned broadcaster has opted to cancel the rookie political comedy. It is reported that ABC Studios plans to shop the series elsewhere, with Hulu now holding the stacking rights to the comedy. The series has aired seven of its 13 episodes and will wrap production. ABC has two new comedies, "Alex, Inc." and "Splitting Up Together", on tap for later in the season; one of them is likely to get the 9:30 Tuesday berth come spring. The Mayor was set for a January 9, 2018 return from its winter break, but now will be cut from the lineup completely.

Hamilton star and Clipping vocalist Daveed Diggs executive produced The Mayor.

Repeats of "Modern Family" will air in "The Mayor's" place for the time being.

The premiere received solid marks from critics, but it drew a disappointing 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. The overall live viewership continued to slide from there, with one November episode only acquiring 2.45 million total viewers.

Bad news, fans of "The Mayor". On the drama side, ABC has yet to schedule The Crossing, Deception, Shondaland's For the People and the Grey's Anatomy spinoff as the network has little real estate remaining.

The Mayor was the only new comedy debut for ABC in the fall 2017 season, but it's not like the network doesn't have plenty of new shows on the way.

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