Despite being given a second-season renewal after a relatively weak freshman season, CBS has canceled its sophomore sitcom “The Millers,” reports our good friend Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
The story says, “…’The Millers’ has been underwhelming in its new Monday berth, most recently pulling in a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 in its fourth airing this week. It also has been dragging down CBS’ Monday breakout, new 9 PM drama ‘Scorpion,’ which has followed it.”
The article adds, “CBS’ decision in May to renew ‘The Millers,’ which was fully owned by the network, despite its poor retention behind ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ while cancelling several freshman comedy series from other studios…sparked controversy. At TCA in July CBS chairman Nina Tassler defended the choice as based on the network’s faith in ‘The Millers’ ‘ creative potential.”
B&C’s account of the cancellation says, “In its first season, airing after ‘The Big Bang Theory’ on Thursday nights, ‘The Millers’ had averaged a 2.7 live-plus-same day Nielsen rating among adults 18-49. This season, the show was initially scheduled to return to its Thursday timeslot after the end of CBS’ Thursday Night Football package. But in late September CBS swapped the timeslots for ‘Mom’ and “The Millers,’ moving the latter to Monday nights. ‘The Millers’ ’ season premiere followed the last Monday night episode of ‘Big Bang’ this season before that show moved back to Thursdays and drew a 2.2 rating. Subsequent episodes followed ‘2 Broke Girls’ and rated significantly lower.”