There’s going to a whole lot of spouse swapping on ABC. Wife Swap will take over for cancelled Zero Hour in Thursday’s 8pm timeslot.
After three weeks of horrible ratings, ABC has pulled Zero Hour off the air, effective immediately. Their decision to axe the show came quickly but they actually ran it for one more week than I thought they would.
In any case, for the next two weeks, ABC will fill the timeslot with repeats of Shark Tank.
Starting March 21st, the network will air the seventh season of Wife Swap. ABC announced last May that they planned to bring back both the regular version and Celebrity Wife Swap but they haven’t mentioned the former since.
ABC has long had a problem filling the Thursdays at 8pm timeslot with scripted faire. Shows like My Generation, FlashForward, Last Resort, Zero Hour, and 2011’s Charlie’s Angels have all been canned.
However, non-scripted Wipeout has done decently. It’ll be interesting to see if Wife Swap performs as well or, if two versions of Wife Swap running in the same week is one too many.
After seven episodes of Wife Swap, Wipeout will take over the timeslot on May 9th.
What do you think? Are you glad to hear Wife Swap and Wipeout are returning? Should ABC stick with non-scripted shows on Thursday nights at 8pm?