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[02/20/04 - 12:00 AM]
Game Over for ABC's 'Mole'
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- In a surprising development, ABC has opted not to renew its "Mole" franchise for a fifth season. Producer Stone Stanley Entertainment confirmed this week the Alphabet has let its option for a new installment of the series expire and are currently shopping the program to other broadcast networks.

While its overall viewership numbers are down more than 25% from last season, "Celebrity Mole" remains a solid draw in adults 18-34 for the network, building on ABC's Wednesday, 10:00/9:00c time slot average from last season by 43% in the key demographic. More importantly, "Mole" actually tied time slot rival "Law & Order's" average in adults 18-34 over the course of its seven-week run in said demographic.

Clay Newbill, Scott A. Stone and David G. Stanley are the executive producers of the series.





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