ABC to Cancel Ugly Betty


The current fourth season of
Ugly Betty will be its last.

ABC will pull the plug on the low-rated comedy-drama after its finale, and is announcing the decision early to give producers some time to craft a suitable ending — and fans ample warning that the show’s days are numbered.


“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,” ABC said. “We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell.”


ABC last fall shifted Betty from Thursdays, where it struggled to provide an adequate lead-in for Grey’s Anatomy, to Fridays, where it performed poorly. It recently moved the show to Wednesdays after the network’s comedy block.


Betty, starring America Ferrera in the title role, helped re-popularize the hourlong broadcast dramedy, a format that continues to find viewers this season with Fox’s Glee. The show was based on a Colombian telenovela.