Any idea why ABC started moving DYNASTY around? After seasons 2 and 3 when ABC tried to establish a drama in the Wednesday 9 p.m. slot, and DYNASTY was at 10 p.m., by season 4 it was perched at 9 p.m. and stayed there for seasons 4,5, 6 and 7. It became its most established slot. Then for season 8 it moved it back to 10 p.m. Except instead of dramas, it now had sitcoms as its lead in, and lackluster sitcoms at that ("Hooperman," "The Slap Maxwell Story."). ABC complained that DYNASTY lots 1/3 of its female audience during the 87-88 season, and while the show was certainly not much improved from the previous season, it certainly wasn't worse. In fact, because of the shorter episode run and the season-long arc, it was tighter than before. So, the ratings decline may have something to do with the slot also. CBS knew not to mess with the Dallas slot these years. And of course we all know the fateful decision of season 9. An article I read some time ago explained how the show was losing money during season 9: production cost of one episode of "Dynasty" was $1.3 million (which I will explain is not actually much) whereas ABC's ad revenue was down to $1.1 million. Paulsen's decision to cut salary costs (mostly through reducing Collins and welcoming the departure of Evans) and give it to more exterior shots and some new actors was a result of this reality. By the way, the cost of DYNASTY had actually stayed the same since season six, when an episode cost exactly $1.3 million again so as I said, hardly increased. But in an interview Paulsen explained what had ballooned: "''over time the stars of the shows make more and more money. All these shows are cutting back. It's just gotten too expensive. And we'll have to cut more, if the show is to come back.'' The show did not cost much in terms of particular production values, it cost more because all the actors were now free of their original multi-year contracts and had increased their salaries. Additionally, soaps in general did not rerun well and by that time there was no interest to rerun a show that was not in the top #30 (in season 8) to begin with. But this begs the question: since ABC knew all these, why decide to move DYNASTY in its weaker years, once in season 8 and again in season 9 and still claim they were trying to save the show (especially in season 9, where Paulsen's arrival generated a lot of press)?