Low ratings did not get this series (and Me and The Boys) cancelled. It was one of ABC's highest rated new series. A Black show will generally get cancelled in favor of a low rated yet highly regarded White series. This is what really happened to Thea and later to Sister, Sister, Family Matters and The Hughleys. The other reason was that ABC wanted more control over their shows as well, which is why Phemon with Judith Light was cancelled during the same year.