After multiple cast changes and location changes, Mistresses has come to an end as ABC has opted not to renew the summer soap for a fifth season. The decision comes on the heels of Mistresses‘ Season 4 finale earlier this week.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Mistresses. After filming its first two seasons in Los Angeles with Alyssa Milano as a lead, the show relocated to Canada in an effort to trim costs. In the process, the series lost Milano. The void was filled by Jennifer Esposito, who played a new character in Season 3 but did not return for Season 4. Then last year, Mistresses got tax incentives from the California Film Commission and relocated back to Los Angeles for its fourth and now final season.
Mistresses, based on the British series, has been modest but relatively stable performer, starting its fourth season with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating in Live+same day and ending it with a 0.6 rating.
Mistresses was the last one standing of several original summer scripted series ABC launched in the past few years. Over the last two summers, the networks has had success with game shows in the off-season and has been doubling down on that, recently renewing all four of its summer game shows for next year, Celebrity Family Feud, $100,000 Pyramid, Match Game and To Tell The Truth.