From the "Who Didn't See This One Coming?" department, CBS has decided to cancel its freshman comedy Partners.
Following a series-low rating of 1.8 in the Adults 18–49 demographic this past Monday, CBS denied Partners a back order and yanked it from the schedule effective immediately. In its place, the Eye network will be filling the 8:30 PM timeslot on Mondays with encore presentations of its more popular sitcoms, starting with a Two And A Half Men repeat on November 19.
The only new comedy fielded by CBS this season, Partners was met with generally wretched reviews from critics, including an F- from TV Rage's own Adam J. Langton. As the weakest link in the network's Monday night lineup, the show was held responsible for damaging breakout sophomore comedy 2 Broke Girls, which airs at 9 PM.
While CBS refused to comment on future plans for its Monday block of sitcoms, the network has a comedy called Friend Me waiting in the wings as a midseason replacement. The likely candidate to bridge the gap until then is veteran comedy Rules Of Engagement, which was renewed in May for a seventh season of 13 episodes, scheduled to air during midseason. Because of this development, its season premiere may be moved up.
Of the network's other rookie offerings, CBS recently placed full-season orders for dramas Elementary and Vegas and canceled Made In Jersey after only two episodes.
After seeing the cringe-inducing promos for Partners and hearing about how it ripped off a FOX sitcom from 1995 also entitled Partners, I opted to skip this show. Looks like I made the right decision. Will you miss Partners?