Beginning November 30, ABC will air Men in Trees, which stars Anne Heche as a New York fish in Alaskan water, on Thursday's at 10 p.m. following Grey's Anatomy. The show will replace Six Degrees, a drama that has struggled in the ratings against ER and Shark.
Trees has averaged 7 million viewers in its Friday night 9 p.m. berth. The show is from former Sex and the City writer Jenny Bicks.
Six Degrees will return to the schedule in January. The show, which tells the tale of New Yorkers whose lives are intertwined in mystical ways, has struggled against a resurgent ER on NBC and a solid Shark on CBS.
The network will air a repeat of last week's Desperate Housewives in the spot tonight. ABC has made no announcement as to what will air in Trees vacated Friday slot or what it will air in the Thursday slot for the remainder of the November sweeps period.
The addition of well-reviewed Trees to Thursday ups the ante on the night even more. Grey's and CSI already duke it out in a clash of ratings titans, and NBC recently announced it would move the Tina Fey comedy 30 Rock to the night to form an all-comedy block reminiscent of its "must see TV" glory days.
ABC had originally planned to pair trees with fellow freshman Ugly Betty on Fridays, forming a "women's night" of TV. As the fall season approached, the network decided to move Betty to Thursday, where it has flourished.