“Private Practice” Ending After Six Seasons

ABC medical drama Private Practice will be done at the end of its current sixth season.

The show — a spinoff of the Emmy-winning Grey’s Anatomy — will be calling it quits with an abbreviated 13-episode season, series creator Shonda Rhimes said Friday. Plagued by cancellation rumors for years, ABC suits opted not to pick up the planned final nine episodes.

In a series of tweets, Rhimes said:

“There was a lot of discussion and debate but, in the end, the guys at the network and the studio and I all decided that Private Practice was reaching its finish line. It’s heartbreaking to end. Truly. I feel so lucky to write for these characters and tell these stories and I truly feel this show has taught me so much as a writer.”

Private Practice enjoyed a first-season average of 11.5 million viewers. But the audience has since slipped to approximately 6.1 million. Viewership dropped off last season when it was moved from its post Grey’s slot on Thursdays to Tuesdays after Dancing with the Stars.

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