CBS Pulls the Plug on Partners

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CBS Cancels PartnersCBS has cancelled Partners after a half-dozen episodes.

The freshman comedy, starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie, premiered to 6.5 million total viewers and a 2.4 demo rating, demonstrating just 75 percent retention out of How I Met Your Mother from the get-go. The numbers ebbed and flowed from there, with the show this past Monday hitting a series-low rating of 1.8, while drawing 5.6 million viewers.

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CBS comedy repeats — beginning with Two and a Half Men on Nov. 19 — will fill the Mondays-at-8:30 void effective immediately, with Rules of Engagement Season 7 or the midseason newbie Friend Me likely to eventually claim the time slot.

Why do you think Partners failed to catch on?



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Comments (177)

  • Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo! It was so funny.

    Comment by Leah Rodriguez – November 16, 2012 10:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Second that! Love this show. Please, bring it back!

      Comment by Pearl – November 16, 2012 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Too bad it’s gone it was the one new comedy that made me really laugh out loud, except for the pilot… Great cast.

        Comment by damian – November 16, 2012 05:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree. It make me laugh out loud every time I watched an episode. I only hope we will be able to watch the remaining episodes.

          Comment by Leah Rodriguez – November 17, 2012 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I AGREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved this show! It was one of the only funny shows on tv.

      Comment by James – November 16, 2012 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YEEESSSSS!
      It was Will and Grace redux!

      Comment by Shmuggy – November 17, 2012 09:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! i’m so sad i was looking for to get home and watch this show so funny.

      Comment by Ish Roberto – November 26, 2012 03:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It was a great show that was funny. I don’t get why you try out new series and then don’t flesh them out or let them finish. Kind of stupid. You can’t please every F***ing body all the time so let them go damn.

      Comment by Jason PISSES MEOFF NETWORK CANCELLATIONS J – January 27, 2013 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aw I thought it was hilarious! And had a great cast!

    Comment by slizabeth – November 16, 2012 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agreed. Best sitcom since will&grace… I loved the characters and the chemistry. I laughed so much, i will miss it…

      Comment by Nickey – November 16, 2012 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought they were just finding their rhythm. The Sklar brothers were a great addition and I wish they had been there since the beginning.

      Comment by davej – November 16, 2012 12:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It took them long enough , I tried to like it watched it Many times wasn’t funny

    Comment by Joe – November 16, 2012 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will you let us know if they place unaired episodes online or anything? I actually enjoyed this show and thought it had some hilarious moments. The cast chemistry was pretty great.

    I hope we’ll be able to see the unaired stuff.

    Comment by Chris – November 16, 2012 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was really enjoying this show! So funny and the cast had such great chemistry. I wish they’d at least let it finish.

    Comment by Emily – November 16, 2012 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m really sad about this! The first few were rough but I really grew to like the guys. Sophia Bush was still a little wooden, but I felt like the rest were developing a nice chemistry!

    Comment by Kate – November 16, 2012 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree Sophia bush had no comic timing or chemistry with the rest of the cast

      Comment by Andrew Mayo – November 16, 2012 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So they kill a good show that had decent ratings and the horrific Mob Boss still hasn’t had a hit put on it. What is wrong with these networks.

    Comment by Thilia – November 16, 2012 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Comparing shows on Fox and CBS isn’t useful though. Different business plans, different baselines for success. Partners was NOT getting decent ratings compared to other CBS sitcoms. Who knows what Fox is doing holding onto Mob Doctor, but the next option must not seem like a smart business move to their execs.

      Comment by Brooke – November 16, 2012 12:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Poor Michael Urie. I loved him on Ugly Betty I hope he finds work again soon. :(

    Comment by Diane – November 16, 2012 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There has to be a better show out there for him.

      Comment by Mark – November 16, 2012 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Certainly tens of people will mourn the passing of this show…

    Comment by Steve – November 16, 2012 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • nooo i loved this show! :( i thought it was so funny

    Comment by jennifer – November 16, 2012 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Such a pile of crap!!!!!! This was awesome and hilarious! Filed under another show canceled prematurely..

    Comment by Rebecca – November 16, 2012 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Urie was too way over the top. He was a cartoon instead of a character and pulled focus away from all the other cast members.

    Comment by Jon – November 16, 2012 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was just gonna start watching this show too. Caught a bit of it the other day and thought it was pretty funny. Oh well… :/

    Comment by Ashley – November 16, 2012 10:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good premise, but the casting was off. This would have been more believable with Routh as the strait guy. Sophia Bush and David Krumholtz was completely unbelievable. Urie and Krumholtz as the Partners in love would have been way more believable.

    Comment by Patrick – November 16, 2012 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. I loved the show but it took them way too long to figure out what to do with Wyatt, and as much as I like Brandon Routh he would have fit Krumholtz’s role much better.

      Comment by Kristina – November 16, 2012 12:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • nnnnoooooooooooooooooooooo
    i really liked it! :(

    Comment by Polly – November 16, 2012 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really tried to like it, but couldn’t. Hope Urie and Routh get new shows soon though.

    Comment by Amanda – November 16, 2012 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought the show was awesome… so there are no new episodes????
    COME ON MAN! Dont do this to us -.-

    Comment by Don – November 16, 2012 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CBS is a network for the elderly and the uneducated. A show with such a premise was never even going to get sampled by their audience.

    Comment by Jim – November 16, 2012 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • CBS airs The Good Wife, which is probably the smartest network show currently on air, so I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss its audience as uneducated.

      Comment by whisperintherain – November 16, 2012 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Even the Good Wife caters to a less intelligent audience, which is a shame for network television. Let’s face it… The smartest shows on are HBO and Showtime.

        Comment by Sg. Grant – November 16, 2012 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Oh, not one of these people who only watch *those* channels again. TV hipsters who cream all over a show that’s “in” at the moment like Homeland, but scoff at actors’/writers’/directors’ earlier works on network TV despite never having seen them. I’ll take The Good Wife over True Blood, Six Feet Under, Tell Me You Love Me and Arliss any day.

          Comment by TigerNightmare – November 16, 2012 01:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I never understand comments like this. People can’t change the channel?

      Comment by Lisa – November 16, 2012 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dear TV Line Reporter:

    Wrong use of terminology:

    “The numbers ebbed and flowed from there”

    ebbed and flowed means to spread out/widen channels, not decrease!

    LOL! Stupid TV Line Writer!

    Comment by Mathew Platzer – November 16, 2012 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seriously? To ebb and flow means to waver between fast and slow. It’s a term about rivers. Look up the individual words in a dictionary. You’re not convincing anyone that you’re smarter than anyone.

      Comment by TigerNightmare – November 16, 2012 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Seriously. I just found this, too:
        “ebb and flow
        to decrease and then increase, as with tides”

        So if the ratings decreased/increased here and there. Wait, why is this a topic again LOL?

        Comment by Lauren – November 16, 2012 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was a great cast but they all seemed to be trying too hard. I really wanted to like it, but got bored quickly.

    Comment by Sampersan – November 16, 2012 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly this. As actors they are great. The characters failed me even though the premise was decent. But as much as I wanted to like it (and as much as I loved seeing Brandon Routh), I just never felt that they were real people.

      Comment by Daisy – November 16, 2012 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • :( I really liked Brandon Routh on this show.

    Comment by CK – November 16, 2012 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me, too! He was great! Love him!

      Comment by Cy – November 16, 2012 08:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So unfair!!! I really liked that show…it had a lot of potential…so sad! :(

    Comment by Anna – November 16, 2012 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank God…. This show was a travesty and I am glad to be able to cancel my DVR pass. The cast had no chemistry, the jokes were trite, and the whole affair was painful.

    Comment by Alex – November 16, 2012 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Who said you had to keep watching this whole time?

      Comment by JeniLee – November 16, 2012 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sad day! I loved this show. It cracked me up every episode. This is Mad Love all over again…

    Comment by Babybop – November 16, 2012 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Never seen this show, but if it was like Mad Love….I’m so sorry for everyones loss. (RIP Mad Love)

      Comment by Sara – November 16, 2012 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • good. the show was so terrible.

    Comment by bree – November 16, 2012 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This one is a bummer. I laughed out loud at this show a lot. My favorite part was actually the cute friendship chemistry between Michael Urie and Sophia Bush. I’m gonna miss this one and I hope Sophia gets another show at some point because I love her.

    Comment by Karrah – November 16, 2012 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m sorry!
    I really loved the show. Brandon Routh always made me laugh. it sucks. .

    Comment by Alex Matias (@DarthClavie) – November 16, 2012 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yet 2 Broke Girls continues…..

    Comment by Lisa – November 16, 2012 11:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Finally someone that agrees with me! This show was way better than 2 broke girls!

      Comment by Jamie – November 16, 2012 04:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So sad. This show had finally found its rhythm. It has been much better than this season of 2 Broke Girls. Must say, I am not going to watch the Two and a Half Men reruns put in its place.

    Comment by Jill – November 16, 2012 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How is 2 1/2 Men still on?! And this funny, smart, sharp show is canceled? I loved this show – they all had great chemistry. That’s too bad….

    Comment by DebLG – November 16, 2012 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damn. Really sad about this. Really felt it was starting to find its voice the past few weeks, too.

    Comment by Rob – November 16, 2012 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked it a lot! So sad :(

    Comment by Agi – November 16, 2012 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why do you think Partners failed to catch on?

    Because Will & Grace was canceled 10 years ago.

    Comment by Thomas Campbell – November 16, 2012 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does anyone know how many episodes had been shot before the cancellation? Answer appreciated! :)

    Comment by CrimTV – November 16, 2012 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i want to know this too!

      Comment by JeniLee – November 16, 2012 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • hey just found out that according to a few people and one of them went to the taping that episode #12 was finished last night so they have 12

        Comment by crimtv – November 16, 2012 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Laugh track. Turned me off from the start.

    Comment by Chris – November 16, 2012 11:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes. I can’t do a laugh track anymore. The only show with laugh track I still watch is HIMYM.

      Comment by Lauren – November 16, 2012 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, yes, yes…the laugh track was loud and distracting. I tried to stay with the show, but I couldn’t find enough good moments to keep going back. I’d love to see David Krumholtz find a great new show.

      Comment by Sue – November 18, 2012 07:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Looks like everyone that watched this show is in here. I like to give shows two episodes to see if I like it and I made it thru one. Can we just stop thinking the annoying gay guy is funny. Being annoying isn’t very funny just like this show.

    Comment by Salad23 – November 16, 2012 11:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • so bummed. loved the show. this and vegas are the only two new shows i watch.

    Comment by lisa – November 16, 2012 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would wager that the failure had as much to do with viewer satisfaction (I have no idea if it was any good or not) as it was with viewer awareness as to what the show was supposed to be about. I watch a fair amount of CBS programming (if 3.5 hours or primetime qualifies as such), but all the ads and promos for the show that reached me seemed to either assume that people either knew the set-up of the show — which should never be assumed for a freshman show with less than 12 episodes aired — or would watch because changing the channel would be burdensome.

    Comment by Timothy McNeil – November 16, 2012 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • they show was finally getting good! the first few episodes were sub-par, but the last few were actually funny. so sad to see sophia bush leaving my television screen again so soon.

    Comment by emily – November 16, 2012 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So no Mennonite Thanksgiving episode then? I was looking forward to it based off of some interviews I read :(

    Comment by Anissa – November 16, 2012 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This makes me sad :’( I like this show. It is funny. Another reason to watch a different network. What a bummer.

    Comment by Julie S. – November 16, 2012 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was the best new show of the season both my husband and I loved it. So sas :( -Penny

    Comment by 0penny0 – November 16, 2012 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was very critical of Michael Urie & David Krumholtz after the first episode but I have to be honest, it got so much better and I thought both were doing a terrific job. At least hopefully this will make my dream of Sophia Bush being The Mother on How I Met Your Mother a little more possible.

    Comment by RobMF – November 16, 2012 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really like this show – which is probably what doomed it.

    Comment by Ann VerWiebe – November 16, 2012 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why cancel a great show? Partners is hilarious!

    Comment by Angela – November 16, 2012 11:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The part that’s crazy is that they were just nominated yesterday for a bunch of People’s Choice Awards…you would think CBS would wait until those were over…does this mean they’ll be pulled from the categories? I love Sophia Bush and I fully expect to see her on my Television very soon.

    Comment by Tom – November 16, 2012 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! This was my favorite new comedy!! Everyone was great. That glasses gag with Brandon Routh almost made me pee my pants. I think the fans of the show should mobilize and vote it favorite new comedy for the People’s Choice Awards and stick it to CBS.

    Comment by Stephanie – November 16, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sophia Bush was terrible.

    Comment by Ant – November 16, 2012 12:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved this show!!!! The chemistry of the prinicpals was great! Totally loved it :D Hope Micheal Urie and David H find success elsewhere..

    Comment by Tedi – November 16, 2012 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PARTNERS WAS THE BEST 2012′s SHOW EVER!!!

    Comment by Diana – November 16, 2012 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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