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Monday, November 19, 2012
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‘The Mob Doctor,’ ‘Ben And Kate’ Among Likely TV Series Cancellations

Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist


This week, several new series bit the dust: ABC’s drama Last Resort, ABC’s drama 666 Park Avenue and CBS’s comedy Partners.

They will join NBC’s comedy Animal Practice and CBS’s drama Made in Jersey in rookie TV heaven, where they will live on in YouTube clips.

Fox’s The Mob Doctor airs tonight, but the drama likely won’t last past its 13-episode order. Its last broadcast, on Nov. 12, drew 3.1 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the coveted 18-49 adults demographic. In comparison, take a look at the ratings of the aforementioned canceled freshman shows:

Made in Jersey: The final episode of the legal drama attracted 5.8 million viewers and a 18-49 demo rating of 0.8.

Animal Practice: The last episode saw 3.8 million people and a 18-49 demo rating of 1.0.

Partners: The episode that aired before its cancellation pulled in a series low rating, 5.8 million viewers and a 18-49 demo rating of 1.8.

Last Resort: Last week’s episode also hit a series low of 5.8 million viewers and a 18-49 demo rating of 1.2.

666 Park Avenue: The Sunday night drama caught the attention of 4 million viewers and received a 18-49 demo rating of 1.3.

With these numbers, as well as critics’ reviews, in mind, here are my predictions for five other new shows that won’t survive past this TV year:

• Fox’s The Mob Doctor: As I mentioned, this show most recently drew 3.1 million viewers and a 0.9 rating. The drama received unfavorable reviews upon premiering. Linda Stasi of New York Post describes the series as, “so dopey that the pitch meeting must have required many prescription drugs.” Considering The Mob Doctor is following in the footsteps of Fox’s successful doctor drama House M.D., which ended this spring after eight seasons, I don’t see a good prognosis for the rookie.

• Fox’s Ben and Kate: It hurts me to think this show could, and most likely will, get canceled. It has vast potential, but viewers don’t seem interested in waiting to see this potential grow. The Nov. 13 episode only attracted 2.39 million viewers and a 18-49 demo rating of 1.1., even though such critics as The Hollywood Reporter‘s Tim Goodman say Ben and Kate is a, “standout addition to Fox’s comedy lineup.” Fox recently ordered more episodes of the comedy, but the network only asked for six more in comparison to The Mindy Project‘s back nine (giving it a full season of 22 episodes).

NBC’s Guys with Kids: The Peacock network just announced it ordered four more episodes of Guys with Kids, making it a total of 17 episodes for its first season. I’m guessing this is to help rebrand NBC as a multicamera comedy network, as it also airs Whitney and the newly reformatted Up All Night, to compete with the more successful CBS. But Guys with Kids doesn’t register in ratings or with critics to a degree that should keep it around longer. The Nov. 14 episode saw 3.91 million viewers in addition to a 1.3 adult demo, and Robert Bianco of USA Today says, “it’s all tried and tired jokes about smelly diapers and kids running wild and guys trying, without any visible signs of success, to be good fathers and husbands.”

The CW’s Emily Owens M.D.: I expect the announcement that Emily Owens M.D. has been canceled to occur any day now, as the Nov. 13 episode registered just 1.38 million viewers and a 0.4 adults demo. Sure, The CW is a little different because it attracts smaller audiences, but the ratings and word-of-mouth are just not good enough. As Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly notes, “As it is, I’d settle for an Emily Owens who acts more like a doctor and less like a 14-year-old.” Besides, the network already has a fairly popular doctor show: Hart of Dixie. Hopefully star Mamie Gummer can find a better vehicle to show off her mom-given talents.

• CBS’s Vegas: Despite receiving a full-season order by CBS, this drama’s odds are not good to continue on next year. For one, CBS actually cut one episode after the order, bringing the season total to 21 instead of 22. Secondly, CBS gave its new drama Elementary a full-season order and two more additional episodes in addition to the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot. Finally, even though it pulled in 10.41 million viewers for its Nov. 13 episode, Vegas only received a 1.6 adult demo rating, getting edged out by NBC’s bubble show Parenthood. Glowing reviews could save the drama, but since CBS usually trumps in the ratings, it may not want to hold on to a drama that keeps it from being on top.

What other shows do you think will get canceled? Do you think any of these will survive? Let me know in the comments.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FTRBLSTKREGP6OAYKMK35MZHII Jarren

    I’m okay with The Mob Doctor
    getting axed, but Ben and Kate deserves to stick around. I know of plenty of
    fans around my office here at DISH who love the show’s quirkiness, and most of
    us enjoy Faxon’s talents behind the camera, too. It’s sad to see shows come and
    go around this time of year, but it’s something that I’m getting used to. I don’t
    even have to set timers for the big 4 networks’ primetime, since they are all automatically
    recorded to my DISH Hopper, with its PrimeTime Anytime feature. The less hassle
    I have getting to watch these shows, the more enjoyable they are—no matter how
    long they end up sticking around.

  • Gina

    I like Emily Owens… Pls don’t axe the show…

  • Amanda K.

    Seriously, they should re-consider. Some of these shos are great. I’ve been enjoying Emily Owens MD since it reminds me of dysfunctional House. I hope it sticks.

  • nikki

    please oh please dont axe Ben and Kate it is one of my new favorites and I would be totally heart broken to see it go. It is actually one of two new shows this year I decided to watch