During the 2018-2019 TV season, ABC launched seven new series in the fall and four midseason, the company said.
"This year, we're not trying to jam [viewers] with too many new messages and too many new shows to watch," Karey Burke, who became president of ABC Entertainment last November, said at a press briefing in New York on Tuesday, ahead of Disney's annual upfront pitch to advertisers.
Some of them couldn't find or hold audiences.
Shows like the comedy "The Kids Are Alright;" the divorce comedy "Splitting Up Together;" the Lauren Cohan-starring dramedy "Whiskey Cavalier;" and "Speechless," centered on a teen with a development disability, were axed after one season.
Overall viewership during the first few weeks of the current 2018-2019 fall broadcast season dipped 2% from the year before among the big four broadcasters — ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC — to an average of 31 million viewers, The Hollywood Reporter wrote in late 2018.
In recent years, broadcast networks including ABC started picking up fewer new series.