But ratings – and quality for both have declined since, even though the quality of Heroes declined faster than that of Ugly Betty.
Even so, the plots became more outlandish and more cliche – particularly the story arc where they put Gabrielle Union in the stereotypical “crazy black woman” role you find in Tyler Perry movies.
Ugly Betty started off strong on Thursday nights opposite Survivor, but never really made a dent in the reality show’s ratings. It was moved to Fridays last fall, where it fell victim to the Friday Night Death Slot curse. It recently moved back to Wednesday at 9 p.m. Central Time, but it fared no better opposite CSI: NY and even The Jay Leno Show.
The series ends its run in April, but no word on whether Betty (played by America Ferrara) will fall in love with her boss, which happened toward the end of the run of its Colombian counterpart (Betty La Fea), which Ugly Betty is based on.