Remember the days when CBS Monday nights were comedy gold? You’d think I Love Lucy. The Andy Griffith Show. Here’s Lucy. M*A*S*H. Rhoda (before she left Joe.) Evening Shade. Newhart. Murphy Brown (well, maybe. Yours truly hated Murphy Brown.) Everybody Loves Raymond. Monday nights on CBS is where you’d usually find the best of the best in sitcoms.
These days, not so much. Oh, you can hear Lucille Ball turning over in her grave.
The latest evidence in CBS’ Monday nights decline was the insipid single-camera “comedy” We Are Men, which was canceled Wednesday after two episodes. The sitcom featured four relationship-troubled single men who lived in a crappy apartment complex. It’s the second official cancellation in primetime this fall, following Lucky 7‘s cancellation by ABC Friday.
The only thing notable about this piece of crap is it will be headed to The T Dog Media TV Hall Of Shame. And judging by the lackluster crop of new fall shows, it looks like we are going to have a lot of entries.
Next Monday, 2 Broke Girls takes over the time slot formerly occupied by We Are Men, while encores of The Big Bang Theory takes over the 9/8 Central time slot before Mike & Molly moves in on Nov. 4.
Disliked by critics (33 Metacritic score), Men averaged only a 2.0 adult 18-49 demo in its first week and fell 10 percent to a 1.8 in its second week, way down from its How I Met Your Mother lead-in. Ratings were already behind Partners, which was in the time slot last year and lasted just eight episodes.
Men helped drag down CBS’ Monday lineup, with The Church Of Tisch finishing as low as fourth in some time slots. Worse, CBS’ Monday comedies have degraded in quality in recent years, particularly with the addition of Broke Girls, a perennial critic whipping boy. The only quality sitcom left – and which draws the highest rating is Mother, and that show is ending this year.
But it could be worse – we can look at NBC’s Thursday night lineup this season with its three new “comedies” and say the same thing.