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ABC Cancels Zero Hour After 3 Episodes

By Allison Moore

Washington, D.C. (March 3, 2013) -- ABC has cancelled the ratings-starved Zero Hour after just three episodes, the network has announced.

The show, which starred Anthony Edwards as a magazine publisher chasing conspiracy theories, garnered just 5.1 million viewers in its last episode, which aired February 28. Zero Hour's debut was watched by only about 6.3 million viewers.

The Huffington Post notes that Zero Hour may have been doomed from the start, holding a 8 p.m. ET Thursday time slot against American Idol on Fox and The Big Bang Theory on CBS.

The web site writes that repeats of Shark Tank will replace Zero Hour for two weeks and then Wife Swap will return for a seven-week run on March 21.

In other cancellation news, Lifetime has announced that Drop Dead Diva, which was officially cancelled in January after four seasons, will return after all for a fifth season. Deadline.com writes that Sony Television, which produces the show, was able to trim show costs enough to entice Lifetime to renew.

And several news reports are saying that Jimmy Fallon is set to replace Jay Leno next year as the host of The Tonight Show. The network has not confirmed that, but Leno's ratings have been so-so while Fallon's numbers at the 12:30 a.m. slot have risen.

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