[05/05/05 - 12:00 AM]
ABC's 'Eyes' Gets Closed for May Sweeps
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- ABC's "Eyes" is the latest victim of May sweeps maneuvering, as the network has dropped the show's sole airing (Wednesday, May 11 at 10:00/9:00c) during the key 28-day period.

In its place the Alphabet has slated a last-minute "Supernanny" special in which star Jo Frost visits the families she's helped this past season and checks to see how their kids are doing.

The news marks the latest blow to "Eyes" already slim chance at renewal. Just 6.29 million viewers watched its most recent episode, putting it at 70th place of the 113 network programs that aired last week. "Eyes" nevertheless held 76.8% of its "Alias" lead-in (8.19 million). Considering "Alias" held just 59.6% of "Lost's" lead-in (13.75 million) that night, said retention is far from problematic by comparison.

Overall only five of the 13 produced episodes have aired thus far this season. Industry trade publications have indicated said installments will likely run this summer. As previously reported however (read the story), "Eyes" doesn't appear on ABC's preliminary June schedule meaning a July return is likely the earliest the show could return.

  [may 2005]  


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