CBS Moves 'How to Be a Gentleman' to Saturdays
Friday, October 7, 2011
It turns out viewers don't want to learn How to Be a Gentleman.
The new CBS comedy is being moved to Saturday nights after just two
episodes in its current time slot, Thursdays at 8:30pm. While not
cancellation, it's the next closest thing.
The new season of Rules of Engagement, originally scheduled for Saturdays, will take over on Thursdays starting October 20 at 8:30pm following The Big Bang Theory. New episodes of How to Be a Gentleman will continue starting Saturday, October 15 at 8pm.
With less than 9 million viewers, How to Be a Gentleman was the network's lowest-rated fall premiere in two years. It is also the network's second-lowest rated show of last week (ahead the new Friday drama A Gifted Man). The news gets even worse since its lead-in, The Big Bang Theory, is one of the network's highest-rated shows and, in both airings, How to Be a Gentleman has lost about 6 million viewers.
Not only is this a bad sign for the show's future, but it's also a bit of a vote of confidence in Rules of Engagement. The sitcom, which is heading into its sixth season, has been shuffled around the CBS schedule a lot, acting like spackle by filling whatever empty time slot they have available. The move to Saturday nights was viewed as an insult, but if the show can retain more viewers in the post-Big Bang spot than How to Be a Gentleman did, it could give the show a renewed interest.
The new fall season has been divided among new half-hour comedies. NBC's Up All Night and Whitney, CBS' 2 Broke Girls and FOX's New Girl have all been picked up for full seasons while NBC's Free Agents was canceled. How to Be a Gentleman falls into the latter category, and while Saturday night isn't quite the same as cancellation, it might as well be.
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