Desperate Housewives may not be renewed for another season, US network ABC has announced.
The comedy drama, starring Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria, has run for seven series so far, with producer Marc Cherry having signed a deal with ABC which takes the show up to 2013.
But ABC executive Paul Lee told the Television Critics Association the fate of the show, as well the shows Brothers And Sisters and Detroit 1-8-7, hangs in the balance.
He lauded the quality of the three series but signaled that ratings are the issue as he decides on their return for the 2011-12 season.
However, he announced that Cougar Town, which stars Friends actress Courteney Cox, has been renewed for another season.
Other shows to have been recomissioned include Grey's Anatomy, The Middle, Modern Family and Private Practice.