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More from ABC's McPherson: Blame Nielsen!

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January 16th, 2009

I guess Nielsen counts just fine for Monday Night Football and Desperate Housewives, but when it comes to Dirty Sexy Money and Pushing Daisies, perhaps not! So suggests ABC chief Steve McPherson via our friend James Hibberd:

Critics asked about the fates of Wednesday night dramas “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Pushing Daisies,” which were knocked prematurely off the schedule last year because of the strike and returned to fatally low ratings.

“I really loved the shows, the producers delivered what they promised,” he says. “For us it was a frustration that we couldn’t get a larger audience – or that Nielsen says we couldn’t get a larger audience.”

McPherson adds that ABC still wants to make remaining episodes of both shows available, though producers were not able to craft satisfying series finales.

“We’ve like to air the ending of those shows,” he says. “I wish we had been able to give the producers series-ending notice so they could really have a finale.”

After the panel, McPherson says the network hopes to put the episodes online.

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