Happy Endings Moves to Fridays while Celebrity Wife Swap will take over Tuesdays at 8 p.m., with The Taste pushed back to 9 p.m.
ABC’s attempt to double-up on originals of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, before the Tuesday sitcoms make an early exit from the schedule in March, has been cut short.
The sitcom gets a 22-episode pickup for next season.
ABC has given full season orders to Once Upon a Time and Last Man Standing. Additionally, the network has extended the episode count for Happy Endings to 22 and has ordered five more scripts for the 1960s-set aviation drama Pan Am.
The two pickups and an order for more Happy Endings scripts mark Paul Lee’s first moves thus far this season at ABC.
Without a cushy lead-in from Modern Family, Happy Endings slid to some sadder numbers last night. The new ABC sitcom aired back-to-back episodes at 10 p.m. that averaged a 1.8 and 1.6 adults 18-49 rating respectively. That was down from last week, when Endings averaged a 2.7 and 2.3 at 9:30 and 10, though it did mark an improvement over recent ratings for timeslot occupant Off the Map on ABC.
The new ABC sitcom Happy Endings got pretty decent reviews, and it had a pretty decent debut as well, thanks mostly to lead-in Modern Family. Endings averaged a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating at 9:30 p.m. last night, holding 71% of Family‘s 3.8 at 9 p.m.