ABC to axe Charlie's Angels?

Charlie's AngelsABC is reportedly on the verge of axing Charlie’s Angels – it’s revival of the classic 1970s series.

“Once upon a time there were three little girls” as went the opening narration to the original series of Charlie’s Angels – as voiced by John Forsythe who played the reclusive millionaire Charlie Towsend. The series, produced by Aaron Spelling, ran between 1977 and 1981 and also spawned two Hollywood movies in the early 2000’s. A television revival had been mooted for several years before it was eventually picked up by ABC earlier this year.

However, while the original series was a huge hit with audiences the new Charlie’s Angels has not taken off. Starring Annie IIonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor as the three new ‘angels’ the series launched with 8.7 million viewers in September and since then ratings have fallen to below 6 million viewers – though they did rise ever so slightly for last night’s episode. Now it’s being reported that after just a handful of episodes the axe is to be swung over the revived series.

ABC will reportedly axe the series because of its poor performance so far but may hold off until next week before announcing the axe to see if last night’s ratings rise was a one-off or a sign that viewers have now taken to the new angels. Ratings would have to rise by a lot for Charlie’s Angels to be spared the axe though at this stage.