Ugly Betty: ABC Show Cancelled, No Season Five

Ugly Betty cancelledAfter four years on the air, ABC has decided to pull the plug on Ugly Betty. There won’t be a fifth season but will longtime fans get a true series finale?

Ugly Betty debuted in 2006 and follows young Betty Suarez (America Ferrera) as she navigates her way through the world of high-fashion, working at the trendy magazine Mode. Others in the cast include Eric Mabius, Tony Plana, Ana Ortiz, Becki Newton, Mark Indelicato, Michael Urie, Vanessa Williams, and Ashley Jensen.

After being a modest hit for its first two seasons, the series’ viewership dropped to an average of eight million viewers and a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demo last year. That would usually put a series “on the bubble” but ABC gave it an early renewal. It was pretty clear that the network wanted to try to keep it going to accumulate more episodes for the syndication package.

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The network assigned the series to a Friday night timeslot this season, hoping that the loyal fans would follow it there. Not many did. After cancelling Eastwick, they moved Ugly Betty to a better slot, on Wednesday nights. The ratings haven’t been very good there either.

The show’s fate seemed essentially sealed by Ugly Betty’s syndication deal. While episodes of The Mentalist and NCIS: Los Angeles sold for about $2.2 million each in syndication, Ugly Betty episodes have been licensed to the TV Guide Network for “a low six figures.”

TV show supportToday, the network and production team made a joint 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. We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell.”

What do you think? Are you surprised that the show’s been cancelled? What would you like to see happen before Ugly Betty goes off the air?

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  1. michelle thompson says

    Is there anyway we can get it back on the air. Have to see how Betty and Daniel turn out in London.

  2. stacey says

    i just got through watching ugly betty season 4 on net flex and i have to say i was hopeing for a season five. I really want to know how all there life’s end up but i see no season 5. I really hate it when i get all into these series and then they just get cut the least they could do is give a good ending to them instead of just cancelling it like that im bout to just stop watching serious all togather cause they alot of them just leave me hanging woundering what happens next.

  3. Amber says

    I just watched the last season and the final episode made me cry!! I really want to know what happens with Daniel and Betty and with Claire and Tyler! and what happens to Mode now that Daniel left! I thought it was soo cute that Daniel left Mode for Betty and went to London with her!! They should really make a another season or movie or something!!!

  4. aliya says

    oh mehn. Ugly Betty got cancelled. When I watched the end of it i was hoping to find out that there was another season, but there wasn’t any. I really and truly wanted to find out about amanda and her father, daniel and betty, whilemina, and betty’s family. Also about Tyler and mrs. meade.

  5. kat says

    I just finish watching season 4 on netflix. I was hoping to watch season 5, but now i see that the show got cancelled. That really sad cause I LOVE THE SHOW!!!
    Is there any that you will consider bringing the show back. plz

  6. Selena says

    I would like to see a season 5 air because you leave the fans contemplating on what will happen next! Not just Betty and Daniel but with Amanda and her father, mark and Troy, Hilda,Ignacio,etc. there are just too many people whose stories need to be told without any cliff hangers. Plus you left us on edge. If your going to cancel it then go about it the right way. I admit I wasn’t a fan in the very beginning when the show came out but now that I gave it a chance I want to see what’s happening next!!! Do it for the fans like me who didn’t give it an opportunity in the begging… And who I know will give it a chance now.

    A very disappointed late Betty fan!!!

  7. milica says

    I will like to see Betty an Daniel together..and see what wil happend in moud and..i would like to betty come home.

  8. jen says

    I just finished season 1 through four and I know I am like 3 years late but I was dying for them to kiss. PLEASE PLEASE end this amazing show with a movie.

  9. Honey Baby says

    Opps! It’s that true?
    I always hope that Betty will to be with Daniel…
    I hope that they will be together finally….
    I still expecting…

  10. Sefania says

    I watched Ugly Betty with so mich joy.
    I always hoped that Daniel en Betty would fall in love.
    I hate the idea that I won’t see Ugly Betty anymore on tv!
    I really like her and sometimes I can see myself in her.
    I hope that Ugly Betty will go on.
    But if it doesn’t I hope it will get a really nice endig.
    That family suarez will get back to gether in the USA and that Daniel and Betty finally fall in love and Betty gets her own buisness!


  11. cathy says

    I wish there would be a season 5 where there will be a proper ending. Hopefully see Daniel and Betty in love… I find it difficult to believe how the viewership dropped for this amazing TV show. It’s inspiring!!! helps us to follow our passion in life and never to give up and teaches us that some risks are worth taking…. Please, please make season 5… for the sake of the many fans who still love this show..

  12. shasta says

    so need to get a movie together were betty and daniel get together for real. i have watched and rewatched this show so many times and i need more. And so do alot of others….MOVIE PLEASE!!!!

    • Crystal says

      I feel your pain :( I have rewatched the series time and time again. I really think Ugly Betty deserves a proper ending such as a movie.

  13. mm says

    I would love to see her and Daniel get together, and see a spectacular finish by them getting married and her reaching her dream of a lifetime! and i second the fact that a final movie should be made!

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