ABC has this season's top three new shows óDesperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy and Lostó so it's no surprise the network is plotting an aggressive 2005-06 season. It's adding six dramas and shifting emphasis from family to adult comedies with five newcomers.
With ratings up 12%, which is more than any other network, ABC ranks second in total viewers and has the most momentum going into fall.
Programmers, who will present their fall lineup to advertisers Tuesday in New York, are particularly keen on Invasion, a family drama with mysterious overtones, and Commander in Chief, starring Geena Davis as the first female president.
Among current series, ABC has resurrected two low-rated comedies near death: John Stamos' Jake in Progress and Rodney. They join returning sitcoms According to Jim, Hope & Faith, Less than Perfect and George Lopez. Canceled are 8 Simple Rules and Damon Wayans' My Wife and Kids, plus dramas Eyes and Blind Justice.
Alias remains on the fall schedule, despite possible delays because of Jennifer Garner's reported pregnancy. The Bachelor returns in January.