Ugly Betty will end its four-year run this spring.
"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," series creator Silvio Horta and ABC Entertainment Group President Stephen McPherson said in a joint statement. "We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell."
The announcement comes on the heels of the series' move to Wednesdays at 10 /9c following a dismal showing on Fridays earlier this season. Betty's most recent episode on Jan. 21 brought in 4.56 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-to-49 demo.
Betty's fourth season bowed — at its new Friday at 9/8c timeslot — to a disappointing 5.1 million viewers and a 1.4 demo rating after attracting 6.16 million viewers and a 1.8 demo rating for its Season 3 finale in its longtime home, Thursdays at 8/7c.
Based on a Colombian series, Ugly Betty won three Emmys, including a best actress in a comedy series award for star America Ferrera and two Golden Globes for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy, all in 2007. That year, Ferrera also won a Screen Actors Guild award — making her the first TV actress to win a SAG, Globe and Emmy in a single season.
Ugly Betty's series finale has yet to be scheduled.
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