ABC Impeaches 'Commander In Chief'
The pulling of "Commander In Chief" probably spells doom for the show's chances of renewal and puts a cap on a remarkable slide that sent it from sparkly new hit to probable lame duck in eight months. The series began life as the most-watched new show of the fall, and star
The backstage changes came first, with ABC and Touchstone (both of which are owned by Disney) relieving creator Rod Lurie of his showrunner duties a few weeks into the season after production had fallen behind schedule.
Through November, though, the show was still averaging a robust 15.2 million viewers per week, the best of any new series to that point.
"Commander" was off the air until Jan. 10, and on its return its ratings took a hit thanks largely to the return of
Another long hiatus followed, during which Bochco also gave up day-to-day running of the show (though he remains an executive producer) to work on an ABC pilot. Dee Johnson, who had been with the show from the start, became the showrunner.
ABC then moved the show from its Tuesday home to 10 p.m. Thursdays, where it would have to face
The network says the final three episodes of the season will likely air during the summer, but no dates have been set.