Nobody wants to be the first…but once ABC got the cancellation axe out the other week with the dismissal of “Lucky 7” and CBS followed suit with “We Are Men,” it was open season across the board. Today NBC made its first two cuts to a struggling lineup while CBS gave out good news to its trio of remaining freshman comedies.
After three weeks of under-performing ratings, NBC retired its “Ironside” reboot today along with the equally disappointing comedy “Welcome To The Family.” Both series were not expected to survive the month especially with the all-important November sweeps on the horizon. “Ironside,” starring Blair Underwood was particularly vulnerable as its series debut netted the lowest audience ever for a NBC drama, eclipsing the mark set by 2011’s “The Playboy Club,” which was also yanked after just three airings.
Going into “Ironside’s” place starting January 8 will be “Chicago Fire” spin-off “Chicago P.D.” which aside from having the luxury of a strong cast including “Fire” vets Jason Berghe and Jon Seda, will now have also have the same timeslot its sibling had during its first season. The addition of “P.D.” to NBC’s 2014 lineup should positively influence the network’s bottom line.
“Community” fans are also celebrating as “Family’s” departure opens the door for the show’s fifth season to make its return to the airwaves. Once again helmed by creator Dan Harmon, the comedy will s bow with back-to-back new episodes on January 2, before settling into the 8:30 p.m. EST timeslot following “Parks and Recreation.” Fellow Thursday series “Sean Saves The World,” was also given some more room to grow an audience with an order for four additional scripts.
Over a CBS, the news today was all good as the season’s number one and two top performing comedies were both given the greenlight for a full season, along with Chuck Lorre’s latest series “Mom.” Robin Williams’ “The Crazy Ones,” had long been expected to get the important “back nine” episode order as its on average 13.7 million viewers have made the network’s expansion to two hours of comedy on Thursday night a successful move. Paired with ratings juggernaut “The Big Bang Theory” and the (believe it or not) still thriving “Two and a Half Men,” “Crazy” has more than done its job in taking away viewers from the competition.
Fellow freshman series “The Millers” which rounds out the Thursday night lineup also has performed soundly with an average of 12.4 million viewers. Starring Will Arnett, Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges, the comedy has surprised critics who panned the show’s pilot.
Lastly, Chuck Lorre’s “Mom,” which while not as strong as the talented showrunner’s other creations, has performed admirably on Monday nights with nearly 8 million viewers. The cancelation of “We Are Men” and the upcoming return of “Mike & Molly,” (also from Lorre) will help to stabilize and possibly bolster those numbers as the new fall season continues to unroll.