CBS quietly pulled the final plug on canceled comedies Bad Teacher and Friends with Better Lives, removing the two series in an attempt to promote a freshman comedy that has been renewed, Mom.
Reruns of Mom will take over the 8:30/7:30c time-slot Friends with Better Lives had previously been filling (the 8:30/7:30 time-slot is where Mom will air next fall). Repeats of Mom will also begin to air following the most successful comedy series on television, The Big Bang Theory, in the Thursday 8:30/7:30c time-slot taking the place of reruns of fellow freshman comedy The Millers (which will move to the 9:30/8:30c time-slot previously occupied by Bad Teacher).
The move to pull the Friends with Better Lives caught many fans off guard as the series has managed to deliver respectable ratings for CBS despite being centered in a night of reruns. Friends with Better Lives has managed to average around 4 million total viewers. This week’s new outing managed to earn a 1.4 in the demo, finishing the night tied for second in the demo with Fox’s MasterChef and only 0.1 behind ABC’s The Bachelorette (which claimed first place).
Bad Teacher on the other hand, was not nearly as surprising. The series has only been able to pull in about a 1.1 in the demo, making it CBS’ lowest rated comedy, beaten by reruns of The Big Bang Theory, The Millers and Two and A Half Men.
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