CBS isn’t quite ready to give up on a comedy series despite its sluggish start in the ratings. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the network has ordered two additional scripts for the family comedy “The McCarthys.”
“While such an additional script order is absolutely no guarantee for an episodic pickup — for instance, freshman ABC comedy ‘Manhattan Love Story’ received a pickup for three scripts earlier this fall but was ultimately canceled — it is a reassuring gesture by CBS in an environment where broadcast networks have been very quick on the cancellation trigger,” Andreeva reports.
Even though “The McCarthys” had the network’s lowest-ever in-season comedy premiere in adults 18-49 — a 1.7 average in adults 18-49, which was followed by a 1.5 in week two — the network has been patient with the show, the article notes.
By comparison, Andreeva notes, the new CBS sitcom “We Are Men” was pulled after two airings last fall that produced a 2.0 and a 1.8 in the key 18-49 demo.