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.