It seemed like such a good idea at the time. But 666 Park Avenue failed to make good on what should have been a fertile premise, and after unflattering ratings and general disinterest ABC has announced it's not going to need any further episodes beyond the 13 included in its original order.
Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams in 666 Park Avenue.
© ABC/PATRICK HARBRON
On the balance sheets, 666 Park has been obviously doomed for weeks. It's not just that its ratings have been low (6.7 million and 2.4 in 18-49 after DVR is included--good enough for The CW, maybe, but disastrous for one of the big four broadcast networks). Low ratings you can get away with, sometimes, if the network suits have reason to want to hold out.
But 666 Park has been committing the two usually unforgivable sins of a television series: it's been throwing away its lead-in audience from Revenge, and its ratings have been steadily declining as even those who had been watching it have been losing interest and walking away.
The reviews were pretty mixed, which is oddly apt: the show itself comes across as a uneven amalgamation of lush ambiance and very mild horror. The main problem seems to be that 666 Park has played it too safe. If only it had had the courage to be a little shocking.
ABC also canceled Last Resort, which had similarly poor ratings but against tough competition, and which had been getting good reviews. Many TV writers had been expecting Last Resort to squeak by, but the same cannot be said by any means for 666 Park.
ABC did promise that all 13 episodes of 666 Park will air, so at least the network's not cancelling with extreme prejudice the way NBC did when it pulled the plug on The Cape.
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