A highly-promoted guest appearance by Damon Wayans Jr.’s real-life father Damon Wayans failed to move the fractional ratings needle (actually, the needle did move — but in the wrong direction). The struggling sitcom was also MIA from CBS’ recent batch of full-season pickups.
Despite a promising NFL-boosted bow in September, Lil Rel Howery’s titular comedy has seen its Season 1 fortunes quickly fade; its most recent episode drew a series-low 1.2 million viewers, barely half of what cancelled predecessor Last Man on Earth drew a year ago.
I FEEL BAD
The harshly-reviewed sitcom has been a ratings disappointment, regularly squandering its (already modest) Will & Grace lead-in. NBC’s decision to forego a Season 1 back order is a fate-sealing move if ever there was one.
THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW
Alec Baldwin’s recent arrest on assault charges (presumably) led ABC to banish the ill-conceived talker to Saturday, but let’s be real: after notching 2 million viewers and a 0.3 demo rating for its launch, and proceeding to not even equal last fall’s Ten Days in the Valley, the show was headed there anyway.
While the much-hyped update hasn’t exactly been a dud — it’s pulling in roughly the same demo number (0.8) as fellow revival Will & Grace over on NBC — it’s not making the kind of ratings or critical noise one would expect from such a beloved property. And you know that neither five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen nor the production’s relocation to New York came cheap.