ABC Cancels ‘Ugly Betty’ Because Of Unfashionable Ratings
The Colombian telenovela Soy Betty, La Fea that served as the inspiration for Ugly Betty ended with the main character’s transformation into a glamorous bombshell. For the ABC series, which is struggling in its fourth season, both creatively and in the ratings, that transformation will be coming sooner rather than later. After it had the misfortune of being shuffled to the deadzone of the Friday night lineup, it’s being canceled for the age old reason that its ratings have dipped from from a 2.6 to a 1.7 share of the audience since last season. Executive producer Silvio Horta and ABC Entertainment Group chairman Steve McPherson have released a statement saying:
We’ve mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty‘s’ final season and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion.
With Lost ending its series run this season as well, that makes two high profile ABC shows ending with a whimper. In both cases, viewers abandoned ship as the quality of the writing declined. The Colombian version of Ugly Betty only lasted two seasons, which is probably a more appropriate length for show whose premise hinges on a beautiful actress playing someone “ugly” simply by nature of her nerdy looking glasses. Soy Betty, La Fea‘s finale culminated with Betty ditching the glasses and marrying her boss and could be a preview of what to expect for the finale of the current version.