March 30, 1998

Strike 3 For 'Significant Others'

By Jenny Hontz

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Fox Broadcasting Co. on Friday pulled the series "Significant Others" after just three airings.

The drama from the creators of "Party of Five," which also had been airing in that series' 9 p.m. Wednesday timeslot, had been bleeding viewers each week. Its three episodes averaged a 4.4 rating and 7 share in homes, down 46% from "Party of Five's" season average. In the key adults 18-49 demographic, the 3.3 rating for "Signficant Others" was 49% lower than that of "Party of Five."

Fox felt that to leave the show on the schedule longer could jeopardize the return of "Party of Five" next month. Three more episodes of producer Columbia TriStar TV's "Significant Others" had been scheduled to air and may run over the summer.

Fox will air repeats of "Ally McBeal" in the timeslot April 1 and April 15. The film "Rookie of the Year" will air April 8, preempting "Beverly Hills, 90210."

"Significant Others" was created and executive produced by Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, who just signed a multimillion-dollar development deal with Columbia TriStar TV.


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