Low ratings bedevil yanked 'Good & Evil'

October 28, 1991|By Knight-Ridder News Service

Citing low ratings, ABC has pulled the plug on "Good & Evil." The new sitcom, starring Teri Garr as the nasty heiress-apparent to a cosmetics empire and Margaret Whitton as her sweet sister, has its last scheduled airing Wednesday. The network has not decided on the fate of the remaining five episodes or what will replace them in the 10:30 p.m. Wednesday slot.

"Evil" was a Nielsen nightmare, averaging an 8.0 rating and 14 percent audience share after five showings. (Each rating point equals 921,000 TV homes.) The program was the network's lowest-rated new show and second-lowest overall.

It was also the object of a protest by the Baltimore-based National Federation of the Blind, which complained that the show's portrayal of a blind character reinforced stereotypes of the disabled as bumbling and incompetent. The organization picketed network offices in protest.

ABC had defended the portrayal, saying all of the sitcom's characters were meant to be caricatures.

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