ABC To Reportedly Cancel ‘Desperate Housewives’ After This Year

Written by Jessica Smith on Aug. 05, 2011

After eight years on our television screens with witty comedy, drama, and mystery, Desperate Housewives is coming to an end. Deadline reports that ABC will reveal at the Television Critics Association’s press tour that the series will come conclude at the end of the 2012 season.

The show’s creator, Marc Cherry, previously had an option to have a ninth season of the series, and even stated he wanted the series to end during the 2012-2013 season. Deadline reports that the starring ladies of the series — Terri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria — are just being told about the news and were “shocked” to hear that it was coming to a close one season before they expected.

The series was launched in October of 2004, one of the most successful seasons of the decade for the ABC network, as that was the year that the network turned a corner in the ratings fight against NBC and CBS with the premieres of the Housewives and Lost. Grey’s Anatomy premiered late that season, too.

While the reason for the cancellation has not been revealed, it is speculated that it is due to the escalating cost of the actors and the series itself as it soon begins its eigth season. The ratings, too have dropped from from recent years, and hit new lows during the last season.

The show’s initial season had an average 23.69 million viewers and a 10.6 rating amongst the coveted adults 18-49 advertiser-friendly rating throughout its first season, which was good enough to catapult ABC in the top five leaderboard, just behind titans FOX’s American Idol and CSI. The show would then dwindle as the seasons went on, hitting an average 11.85 million viewers and a 3.9 rating amongst adults 18-49.

The final season premiere of the series airs Sunday, September 25 at 9:00 EST on ABC.

  • Zhahid021033

    very sad, I REALLY wanted a 9th season with a 200th episode end!

  • Junckboxx

    I can easily see why the show has lower ratings. One time I tuned in…. 2 women were having a lesbian affair, and 2 men were gay. This show was never meant to replace “Ugly Betty,” Brother’s,” or even “Will & Grace.” Heterosexual and some gay people are turned off by the over-gaying of the show. It simply did not reflect mainstream values, which means to accept gayness, but don’t throw it in my face.Show was great first season, became slightly soap-ish in the second, really became soapy in the 3rd… then everyone got too old and the children disappeared in the 4th or 5th season. Good riddance to the show. Marc should not have made the show is his personal expression project, which we did see some of in “Golden Girls,” particularly with “Dorothy.” The hints of her being lesbian went too far. Then came other gay characters, like Blanche’s brother, Clayton and Dorothy’s friend Jean.