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ABC shows `Hank' the door; another Grammer loss

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November 12, 2009 12:01 PM EST | AP

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NEW YORK — TV network ABC's cancellation of the comedy "Hank" makes it two failures in three years for star Kelsey Grammer.

Grammer, the multiple Emmy winner as the star of "Frasier," also saw his Fox series "Back to You" given the boot in 2008. At least it made a full season: "Hank" didn't make two months. The Nielsen Co. said the show averaged 6.7 million viewers each week.

Its fate seemed sealed when ABC announced it was ordering a full season's worth of episodes for its three other new Wednesday night comedies. They include old colleague Heaton's sitcom "The Middle," ABC's biggest Wednesday hit, "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town."

ABC says Grammer's time slot will be filled by "Modern Family" reruns and holiday specials over the next several weeks.