After just four episodes, Manhattan Love Story becomes the first show cancelled in the 2014 fall television lineup. ABC announced the comedy series was going off the air and although network executives have not provided a specific reason, poor ratings coupled with cheesy inner monologues and there being no other show to fill the Tuesday night spot are probably to blame.
Manhattan Love Story’s pilot debuted on September 13 and while anticipations were high, the show prompted only moderate interest. Executives were hopeful that ratings would improve but by the fourth episode, the number of viewers plummeted. The show premiered to 4.7 million viewers with a 1.5 rating for a demographic between 18 and 49 years of age but by the last episode, only 2.62 million people tuned in, dropping the show’s rating to just 0.7.
The storyline of the Manhattan Love Story revolved around a couple’s relationship, characters played by Jake McDorman and Analeigh Tipton who appeared on America’s Next Top Model. In this comedic sitcom, the couple meets in New York and what made it unique was the revelation of each person’s inner monologue.
To fill the gap for Tuesday night’s lineup, two episodes of Selfie will air starting November 3, which stars Karen Gillan and John Cho. In the meantime, ABC has ordered additional episodes of the series.
While not yet confirmed, there have been rumors that ABC is not done axing shows for the current fall season. There are also a few shows not yet renewed to include Last Man Standing although it might survive if ratings stabilize.
Typically, television networks do not wait until a fourth episode to pull the plug on new shows. Because of being cut on October 24, many people were surprised. Executives hoped a large volume of viewers had recorded Manhattan Love Story for later viewing rather than watched it during actual air time but unfortunately, the number of live and recorded viewers did not add up to success.