Real life was more shocking than television today for fans of Devious Maids, who were blindsided by Lifetime's decision to cancel the four-year-old show that stars All My Children alum Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane) and As the World Turns alum Rosalyn Sanchez (ex-Pilar Domingo).
Deadline reports that the popular series, which just ended its fourth season, will not go on to a fifth -- meaning fans have already seen the end of the Marc Cherry-created drama.
Decreased ratings no doubt led to the show's decline. Its freshman season finale pulled in an impressive three million viewers, but the numbers have steadily fallen to just under one million total viewers. However, its ratings held steady throughout the most recent season, and its ratings average is reportedly twice the viewership of Lifetime's other original scripted series, UnReal, which stars The Bold and the Beautiful's Kim Matula, leading some to believe the decision is yet another symptom of the network's desire to change its creative direction.
Devious Maids was executive produced by The Young and the Restless alum Eva Longoria (ex-Isabella Braña).
"Playing CARMEN LUNA was one of the most amazing & rewarding experiences of my life," Rosalyn Sanchez shared on Twitter after the news broke. "Thanks #DeviousMaids Devious Army for the [love] & support"
"I am so grateful to have been on such an incredibly fun ride," Dania Ramirez (Rosie) posted on Instagram. "Thank you to all the writers/producers/actors that took part of this amazing journey. Rosie Falta will live on forever now and a big thanks to @abcnetwork & @lifetimetv for believing in us. Last but not least, THANKS to our amazing crew throughout the years. What a blast we all had! You guys are everything!!!"
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