If there is one thing that has become somewhat of a defining characteristic of ABC over the years, it is that they have divided up several of their shows into fall and spring halves. Take a look at programs such as “Agents of SHIELD,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Quantico,” and “Grey’s Anatomy” that have definitive halves in the way in which they are aired. Often, the network has used the hiatus in between to air some fill-in series, but the results have not worked that well. Shows that aired in those hiatuses (“Agent Carter,” “Galavant”) have not score huge ratings, and we’ve seen shows have big drop-offs in the spring. Look at “SHIELD” for a prime example.
It may be for all of these reasons that ABC is now looking at going about things a different way. Speaking (per TVbythenumbers), new programming head Channing Dungey made a point of saying that there are some schedule changes coming under her watch:
“We’re not doing as big a gap strategy as we may have done in the past … There will be certain [shows] that have slightly longer breaks and some with very short breaks. I would prefer not to have big gaps.”
This is no guarantee that a show like a “Once Upon a Time” will change much, but it’ll be interesting to see. For it in particular, it’s almost in a lose-lose situation in terms of the schedule. If they bring it back before March, they have to deal with things like awards shows and NFL football; however, if they wait until March, the run the risk of people forgetting about the show.
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