"Golden Girls" shift to Hallmark

The Golden Girls is shifting from long-time cable home Lifetime to the Hallmark Channel, effective early next year.

The off-network sitcom has been a constant performer on Lifetime, drawing new generations of viewers that never saw the program during its original seven-season run on NBC (1985-92.) However, ratings have been declining over the years, and Lifetime felt the program has run its course.

Girls had been airing on Lifetime since March 1997. Prior to that, Buena Vista Television (now Disney-ABC Domestic Television) had the program in broadcast syndication from 1990 to 1996, where it often ranked as the top-rated off-network sitcom.