CBS cancels ‘Partners’

By Daniel S Levine,

For the past few seasons, CBS’ Monday 8:30 time-slot has produced a gold mine of popular sitcoms from the network, but this year was different. Partners failed to draw an audience and the network said today that that the show has been cancelled.

The freshman comedy starred Michael Urie and David Krumholtz as a pair of friends - one gay and one heterosexual - who worked together in the same office. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show was averaging just 6.5 million viewers and a 2.4 18-49 rating. While those numbers may look good for NBC, that is far below CBS’ average sitcom numbers. In fact, these numbers are actually better than Fox’s Ben & Kate, which has already been picked up for a full first season.

Partners was created by Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, who have not had many successes recently. The Hollywood Reporter notes that their last show, $#*! My Dad Says, also had just one season on CBS. However, that did make it to 18 episodes.

CBS must have had high hopes for the show, placing it in the 8:30 slot on Mondays, which was once home to How I Met Your Mother and last year’s surprise success, 2 Broke Girls. Partners was the lead-in for 2 Broke Girls, which has now moved to 9:00.

Starting Nov. 19, CBS will air sitcom repeats in Partners’ place.

CBS has also cancelled Made In Jersey.

image: CBS

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