Fans may have been expecting more "V" next month, but now it looks like they'll need to wait a little longer.
ABC has re-scheduled the Season 2 premiere of the re-imagined series so that the Visitors will now arrive in early 2011. "V" will be partnered with the network's freshman genre series, "No Ordinary Family," in the hopes that the lineup could benefit both shows in the ratings department.
Both "V" and "No Ordinary Family" are far from a hit for the Disney-owned network, but each have showed some promise in their respective premieres. Last season "V" drew 14 million viewers and was a hit within the 18-49 age bracket (which is a key demographic advertisers filling sponsor slots). However, numbers for the Fifth Column dwindled when the series returned from its extended break at the beginning of 2010 and eventually settled around the 6 million mark by the season's end.
By May, "V" was in direct competition with "FlashForward" (an ABC Studios production which also plummeted in ratings) to secure a renewal, and many believe was given a second season pickup thanks to its already well known premise from the '80s.
ABC's latest genre series, "No Ordinary Family" (think "Heroes" meets "Growing Pains"), seems to be in the same boat and is in danger of becoming very ordinary indeed. Ratings for the superpowered family drama continue to slump from the original premiere, but the show continues to receive a positive critical reaction. Additional scripts have been ordered, and if ABC likes what it sees, then these could easily be pushed into production, fleshing out the first season.
Taking "V's" place in November (the same time the series aired last year) is a reality series called "Skating With the Stars" in which contestants ice skate with celebrities. The concept was tried by Fox last year without much success, but the formula has already proven popular internationally with the United Kingdom already airing similar reality shows in primetime slots.
Nikki Finke with Deadline reports that because of the change in scheduling, ABC has cut the season order of "V" from 13 episodes to 10.
"V" returns Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
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