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'Ugly Betty' rescued

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  December 2, 2009 06:40 AM

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This show has really been failing in the ratings since ABC moved it to Fridays. Last week’s new episode drew a little less than 3.5 million viewers. Holiday weekend or not, that’s a pretty ugly number, the kind that generally precedes cancellation. But ABC is not ready to let "Ugly Betty" -- which has won a decent share of Emmy love over the years -- fall off the map just yet. According to the Hollywood Reporter and other sources, the hourlong comedy will jump over to Wednesday nights at 10, to replace the cancelled “Eastwick.”

Wednesday night has become a success story for ABC this year, to some extent, with "Modern Family," "The Middle," and "Cougar Town." That practically guarantees a ratings ramp up for "Ugly Betty," when it makes the move after the holidays.

"Betty" fans, you can exhale now.

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