ABC reduces episode orders

Minimal changes to V and FlashForward.

FlashForward_fiennes_cell_TCA-thumb-550x366-22065ABC has shortened its commitment to both FlashForward and V, following both series breaking for the midseason.

Both shows have suffered falling ratings since their debut – FlashForward consistently over its season, while V managed to level out at the end of its four-episode broadcast schedule. The reduction, however, is only by one episode for both shows, according to television website The Futon Critic.

ABC’s efforts with the genre this season have been simultaneously flawed and successful. V and FlashForward were the best performing pilots of the year to date, however, Eastwick failed to attract significant attention or enthusiasm, and the network deferred on ordering any more. The show is now effectively cancelled.

Both shows return with their slightly reduced order in 2010. V will run with eight episodes, while FlashForward still has 14 to go.