ABC Yanks ‘Hank’

Kelsey Grammer in Hank (ABC)

Kelsey Grammer in Hank (ABC)

ABC has canceled the Kelsey Grammer comedy ‘Hank.’

Network sources confirmed Wednesday that the 10th episode of the series, which wrapped Monday evening on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif., will be the series last installment.

Starring Grammer as a former Wall Street high-flyer cut down to a more humanized size, the show averaged just 6.5 million viewers at 8 p.m. Wednesday, with a Leno-liked 1.7 rating in the 18-49 audience demo, the one that really counts.

For its part, ABC is probably taking the news in stride. The network ambitiously launched four new Wednesday-night comedies in September and has seen three of them ‘The Middle,’ ‘Cougar Town‘ and ‘Modern Family‘ stick in fact, the latter is on the cusp of becoming a ratings hit.

Earlier in the week, the network also finalized its new-drama situation, opting to stick with steadily improving ‘The Forgotten‘ while ditching the flatlining ‘Eastwick.’

As for Grammer, long one of television comedy’s most consistent draws, the cancellation puts him on a bit of a losing streak, with his last show, Fox newsman-spoof ‘Back to You,’ failing to catch on two years ago.

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