It’s one season and out for The Great Indoors: CBS has cancelled the freshman comedy, TVLine has confirmed.
The generation-gap sitcom, starring Joel McHale as a rugged reporter for an outdoor-living magazine who’s forced to contend with a staff full of smartphone-addicted millennials, got off to a solid ratings start when it debuted last October to 8.8 million viewers and a 1.9 rating in the key 18-49 demo. In fact, it did well enough to earn a full-season pickup in November, and then additional episodes in January, bringing its freshman run to a total of 22 episodes.
But those early numbers were deceiving, since Indoors was airing on Thursdays behind CBS’ juggernaut The Big Bang Theory. The freshman comedy fared significantly worse when it moved to Mondays, away from Big Bang: The May 1 airing drew just 4.1 million viewers and a 0.8 demo rating.
Along with McHale, the Great Indoors cast included Susannah Fielding as McHale’s boss/former fling, Stephen Fry as the magazine’s founder and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Ko and Shaun Brown as the magazine’s young, tech-savvy staffers.
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