The Fall TV season is still in its infancy, but we already have two network shows being sent out to pasture. The first was ABC’s lottery drama ‘Lucky 7′. I predicted the show wasn’t long for this world due to its time slot. It aired opposite “Hostages” and “The Blacklist”, two shows with tons of hype. The show about a group of lottery winners in New York never had a chance. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the show’s second episode ratings left ABC with no other choice but to end the show.
The writing was on the wall for Lucky 7. A miserable premiere (1.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers) led to a historically weak follow-up. Pulling just a 0.7 rating in the targeted demographic, it lost nearly half of its ratings and ranked as the lowest-rated broadcast drama to air in-season ever.
While ABC was clearing out a drama, CBS put down the comedy “We Are Men”. “Men” starred Jerry O’Connell, so this cancellation shouldn’t be a shock. O’Connell is apart of a failed new series every other year. Here is what Deadline.com had to say about the show’s run.
The single-camera We Are Men simply didn’t work. CBS put it behind How I Met Your Mother because of pilot testing that showed Men had a younger skew similar to HIMYM and because the network felt it had a similar sensibility, coming from HIMYM veteran Rob Greenberg. But HIMYM‘s viewers did not embrace Men, with the newbie not getting any traction and most recently posting a 1.8 18-49 rating vs. 3.1 for its lead-in. It also was disrupting the CBS comedy flow.
No one disrupts the flow of Les Moonves’ baby. With this being the last season of HYMYM CBS is looking to solidify the Monday 8pm hour, and “We Are Men” wasn’t doing the job. The next show headed for cancellation could be “Dads” on Fox. The ratings have been terrible, and Fox has a short leash on live action comedies. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is also in ratings trouble.