10 TV series that changed networks: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'Southland,' 'Futurama'
Original network: NBC (2001-2008)
Moved to: ABC (2009-2010)
How it fared: After hitting the Nielsen Top 20 in its second season, the buzzy hospital dramedy lost momentum over the next several years, dropping to #43 in Season 3 and a dismal #115 in Season 7, at which point NBC officially cancelled it. The show nevertheless got a second life thanks to ABC - whose production studio owned the series - and in January 2009 it began airing as a midseason replacement on the network with all of the original cast intact. Unfortunately for ABC ratings continued to erode, prompting the powers-that-be to "reboot" the series in Season 9 with only Donald Faison, John C. McGinley and Zach Braff returning from the original cast (and the latter for only six episodes). Unfortunately the change in location (now a medical school) and the injection of a fresh new crop of young actors failed to meet with audience approval, and the show was finally dropped from ABC's schedule after falling to an average of less than 4 million viewers an episode.
- Chris Eggertsen