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The Axe Swings on CBS and ABC

November 16, 2012 by Marc Berman in Highlights with 5 Comments
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CBS has canceled its second new series this season, with freshman Monday sitcom Partners the latest casualty. The news, as expected, comes on the heels of just 5.5 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday, November 12, according to the Live Plus Same ratings (out of 7.9 million and a 3.0 in the demo for lead-in How I Met Your Mother). Facing The Voice, of course, was no easy feat, but the hefty erosion from How I Met Your Mother is what did Partners in. Perennial benchwarmer Rules of Engagement, which has 13 new episodes on tap, is expected to step in. Filling the time period tonight is an encore telecast of Two and a Half Men.

ABC, meanwhile, has axed freshman dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue. Both sunk to series-lows in their recent airings with Last Resort at 5.8 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 on November 14; and 666 Park Avenue at 3.9 million viewers and a 1.2 in the demo on November 11 (out of 7.6 million viewers and a 1.2/ 3 among adults 18-49 for lead-in Revenge). But unlike Partners, all 13 ordered episodes of both Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will air. There is no word at present what the network will air in their places in the Thursday 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 p.m. hour.

Five freshman freshmen series have now been canceled including Made in Jersey on CBS, and NBC sitcom Animal Practice. Waiting in the wings for the next probable pink slip is Monday Fox drama The Mob Doctor, which will be replaced on January 21 by new Kevin Bacon drama The Following.

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Marc Berman is the Editor in Chief for TV Media Insights, the online destination for television and media. Berman has appeared on camera for “Extra,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood,” “The CBS Evening News,” CNN, and more; and was the author of 2014 desk calendar, “This Day in TV History.”

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  • TV-aholic

    The only thing I am surprised about was how long it took CBS to finally axe the series. Ratings were bad from the very start. Now, if we could just get to wise up about THE MOB DOCTOR….

  • marcberman

    I think the delay was because CBS had already canceled Made in Jersey.

  • DuMont

    I do hope CBS opens up the Saturday 8-9 pm Comedytime slot for the remaining six unaired episodes of this delightful comedy series.

    A shout out to you, Mr. Mark Pedowitz, and your professed desire to re-launch the comedy at The CW. Here is ‘Partners’ averaging 3.7HH/5%, 2.03 A18-49 and 5,787,000 P2+, a ready-to-roll production that has gelled rather nicely which has won over critics and wowed web commentators, that has Miss Sophia Bush (carrying over her W18-34 followers from ‘One Tree Hill’), and that could provide a solid 1.5 A18-49 lead-in to another new comedy in your line-up for the spring or next fall.

    Comedy audiences are loyal when they find a series they find dependably amusing…just remember Miss Ostroff’s cautionary tale of ‘The Game’.

  • Elvis Bus

    I’m still left wondering if that’s the Cancellation Ax or the Cancellation Axe.

    The Ax-Men may want to know. That, or maybe it uses a body spray….

  • Troy Turner

    I have my own theories, of course, but running up against Sunday Night Football will ALWAYS be a tough go for ANYONE the first half of the year-so I’m legitimately surprised that ABC gave up on 666, Sandy issues aside. Having said that, however-if you were speaking as a counterprogrammer, why would you present a nighttime soap to an audience that knew you gave up on AMC and OLTL?

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