CBS may be one of the most-successful networks of the past several decades, but they also have a reputation for being one of the most ruthless. For more evidence of that, you really do not have to look any further than this announcement that both “Friends with Better Lives” and “Bad Teacher” have been removed from the schedule. These two shows were already canceled, and this announcement mostly leads us to have one question: Why? Why in the world would you do this?
Ultimately, there are two reasons why this move is something that feels a little too harsh, even by the standards for this network.
- “Friends with Better Lives” was actually doing okay with the ratings. Even airing on a night of repeats, the show still managed to bring in a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic last night, which was a number that was fairly close to “The Bachelorette.”
- Also, what else is going to get better ratings right now? They are replacing the two shows with extra repeats of “The Millers” and “Mom,” which may lead to a marginal level of improvement.
Then again, we cannot call CBS completely heartless right now, given that this is a network that gave “The Mentalist” a final season even when they didn’t have to. It’s just a shame that they could not continue this strategy elsewhere. This is not the only controversial move that the network has done as of late when it comes to comedies, as they did not pick up “How I Met Your Dad” to series despite all of the hype surrounding it.
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