Accidentally on Purpose: CBS Sitcom Cancelled, No Season Two

IMAGECBS has long had a problem finding the right sitcom to round out their Monday night line-up. Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, and The Big Bang Theory work well but the network needs a solid fourth player. As this season began, it looked like Accidentally on Purpose just might be the one. No longer. It’s been cancelled.

Accidentally on Purpose revolves around thirty-something Billie Chase (Jenna Elfman) after she breaks up with her boyfriend/boss (Grant Show). She has a one-night fling with a much younger man, Zack (Jon Foster), and becomes pregnant. Billie ultimately decides to keep both the baby and the guy. The series also features Lennon Parham, Nicolas Wright, Ashley Jensen, and Pooch Hall.

The TV show got off to a pretty good start with a 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.91 million viewers. On Monday nights, the first 15 episodes ended up averaging a 3.1 in the demo and 8.23 million viewers. That’s actually quite good but the network has very high expectations because the TV show is surrounded by their very popular comedies. The real test is to see how well the series will perform on another night.

After a hiatus, CBS brought Accidentally on Purpose to Wednesday nights. With The New Adventures of Old Christine as a lead-in, the ratings fell like a rock. The three original episodes averaged a 1.8 in the key demo and 5.72 million viewers. If there was any hope for the series, these numbers dashed them.

CBS has now confirmed that the sitcom has been cancelled and will not be returning for season two. CBS can afford to be picky in what sitcoms it keeps and has also cancelled Gary Unmarried after two seasons and Old Christine after five.

Fortunately, the network aired all 18 episodes of Accidentally on Purpose and viewers got to see Billie give birth. Unfortunately, they won’t get to see how she and Zack cope as new parents.

What do you think? Are you sorry that Accidentally on Purpose has been cancelled or did CBS make the right choice?

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  1. Luci says

    They deffinently shouldnt have canceled it!!!! i watched it on netflix and loved every episode!!! I couldnt wait to see how the next season was going to be. and having the baby to deal with would have made it much funnier because they both have no clue what they are doing. i dislike that they canceled it! they should have givin it another season atleast! and advertised it!! if you dont advertise it how are people supposed to know about it and watch it!!! please bring it back!!

  2. Christina says

    Please bring it back for season 2. I found Accidentally on Purpose on Netflix and I LOVED it!!! I watched all episodes in 2 days.

  3. Amanda says

    Wrong Decision! Not enough Advertising, never heard of the show until recently and the network gave up on it too quickly! Best show ever!

  4. Anonymous says

    I am hugely disappointed in the cancellation of this show!!! Season 1 was super hilarious! I think it is way better than some of the other crappy comedy TV shows out there. I think I can agree with many others in saying, Bring on Season 2!!!!

  5. Jody Oetken says

    I just found this show on netflix and loved it! So bummed to find out that it was cancelled after one season.

  6. Stephanie says

    This show is AMAZING! I cant believe they canceled it..! I really wanted to see Billie and Zack as new parents. And see there wedding! Or if they even get married! And there two best friends, just got together they cant just leave it off like that! Everybody wants to see what happened with them! I am very disappointed that they canceled it, it was a good and funny show! I bet everybody who watched it laughed at every episode!

    Pleeeeeeeeease Bring it back!

  7. sofia says

    This show was soooooooo funny!! I laughed at every episode. Loved the whole cast. Please please please please bring it bacccccck!!!!!!!! Pleaseeeeeeeeee

  8. Ck says

    This so was extremely funny. CBS you have hugely dissappointed me! This should should have been given another chance. I believe the ratings would have gone up. CBS made a big mistake. I just don’t understand, by far the best show since Friends and it is no longer being aired! Not happy!!!!! I have to say that the writers of the show did a great job, very funny and Jenna Elfman is a great actress!!

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