ABC{jcomments on}ABC have explained their decision to end Desperate Housewives with its 8th season.

For several weeks there had been rumours that ABC were considering bringing to an end its soapy/drama series Desperate Housewives after its 8th season. Yesterday it emerged the network was due to make an announcement confirming such a move and today it did just that – it’s official; Desperate Housewives 8th season will be its last. So why has ABC decided to end the series after 8 seasons? Well Paul Lee, ABC’s entertainment president, has explained the decision.

“I waned to make sure that this show that put this network on the map, certainly the new brand of this network for the last six or seven years, had its victory lap – and had its chance to really set out every episode and build an arc for its 22 episodes so that we could say goodbye.” – Paul Lee quoted on Hollywood Reporter

Desperate Housewives once commanded huge audiences of up to 24 million viewers but recent seasons have averaged 12 million. The series currently stars Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Vanessa Williams with former cast members including Nicollette Sheridan, Jesse Metcalfe, Alfre Woodard and Dana Delany.

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