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Are You There, Chelsea?: Cancelled, No Season Two

cancelled Are You There Chelsea?It’s closing time for Chelsea and her pals. NBC has decided to cancel the low-rated sitcom Are You There, Chelsea? after 12 episodes and one season.

Based on a book by Chelsea Handler, Are You There, Chelsea? follows the life of an opinionated and unapologetic young woman (Laura Prepon) who lives life to the fullest as a cocktail waitress. She’s many things to many people — friend, daughter, sister, and sexually dynamic “advanced drinker.” Others in the cast include Lenny Clarke, Lauren Lapkus, Jake McDorman, Mark Povinelli, Ali Wong, and (occasionally) Chelsea Handler.

The sitcom had a decent start — registering a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.18 million viewers — but things went downhill from there.

Was Chelsea? better than what the ratings indicated?

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Subsequent episodes of Chelsea saw big drops in the ratings and, over the course of the season, went as low as a 1.1 rating in the demo and 2.88 million. It aired opposite American Idol on FOX but these were numbers were poor even if you take the stiff competition into consideration.

The season ended up averaging a 1.5 rating in the demo with 3.76 million. Had the season gone on longer, the averages would have dropped further. On our NBC Ratings Report Card, which measures the relative demo success of shows on the network, the show has a “B-” grade.

To no real surprise, NBC has cancelled Chelsea. The last episode aired on March 28th. The peacock network has ordered several new sitcoms for 2012-13, hoping they’ll last longer than Chelsea did.

What do you think? Are you sorry that NBC has cancelled Chelsea? Do you think the show was better than what the ratings indicated? What would you liked to have seen happen in season two?


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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

blah October 15, 2012 at 10:52 am

i loved this show </3


Sarah August 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Please bring it back. I thought it was a great show..


Kristen August 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Maybe if Chelsea was the lead….. Just saying


Alicia July 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Excellent acting/plot. So sad it was canceled


Adam June 13, 2012 at 8:28 am

Let’s face it the show was cancelled because the idiot yankee fans did not like that chelsea was a met fan and those retards who keep watching american idol year after year. Godammit a good sitcom gone! Death to Idol already and disgusting yankee pride!


Abnaps June 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Such a great show seriously u need to bring it back


Diana June 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Honestly I like the show prepon and handler where the reason for me to start watching and yes maybe something on the show wans´t right but with some new writing staff the show could actually be great iit was ok already and it didn´t get the chance it deserved a second season yes in did make a petition people it work for chuck for a while. NBC is not a surprise at all they finish chuck with a last season of 13 episodes WTF and they will finish FRINGE with the same amount they spend time respecting some of the piblic but not all of it.
In my opinion Chealse deserved another season another chance and this two tv shows that i did talk about before derserve more than a 13 episode ending a full season just saying


Lisette June 4, 2012 at 8:05 am

This is a big mistake!


Anonymous June 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

This show was awful. Rather stick my finger into an outlet


Rita June 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Sorry I meant to say I CANNOT believe they cancelled Chelsea. I would like to also add that who ever it is that picks what programs stay and what programs get cancelled is a moron. It sure seems like the good programs are the ones that end up cancelled. The stupid programs that have absolutely no comedy, no sense, and no real acting in them are the ones that stay.


Rita June 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I can believe they cancelled a great program. That was a new program that I really enjoyed watching. Whenever new programs come on, I can’t even get past 5 minutes of watching them before a turn them off. Chelsea was one of the 3 newer programs that came out in the past 10 years that I can enjoy watching and look forward to watching every week.


Jessi May 31, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Can’t believe Chelsea was cancelled!! It was one of the funniest shows on tv! My husband and I loved it! All good shows get cancelled anymore. Heroes is another show that was great, bring that back please!!!


Bethany May 16, 2012 at 1:26 am

One of the funniest shows on the air, so of course it was canceled. I noticed that a lot of people didn’t quite understand the humor so no surprise it went this way. Only the great shows get yanked these days, so hopefully the people behind the show at least can get that.


yani May 31, 2012 at 7:25 pm

soooo true!!!!
excellent show!!! it’s a shame that it was cancelled!!


Anonymous May 13, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Thank God!! Somebody at NBC woke up and saw what they were airing!

With shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones on, how could the execs at NBC lower the bar so much? Are they really that stupid to just throw so much money at such a stupid waste of time like “Chelsea”?

Hopefully all of the money (and loser ratings) will show NBC and E how much they wasted on her shows. Maybe it will make them realize that people want more.

What a waste of time and money spent-this time slot could have been used to create something beautiful that resonated with the American people.


anon May 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm

HOW is E “wasting” money on her show????? if anything she brings in droves of new viewers who otherwise would not give a shit about the garbage that is aired on E! NBC, fine, I agree, they can bring far more enriching shows to the table. Bitch all you want that Are You There Chelsea didn’t fit in with the other shows the masses love on NBC, I get that.. but E?!?! WHAT on EARTH could E air that “resonates with the American people”? more episodes of the kardashians?!?! LOL


Jessica Cring June 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm

i have to dissagree.

DISS : Your comment is unfair, you are comparing different genres, therefore dissssscrediting you’re entire comment and forcing me to make this useless unheard

COMMENT: this was a great comedy series, it did deserves a second season i completely support ms. handler and many other comedy artists making people laugh is not easy and something everyone possesses. it needed work, it needed cleaned up.

no studio audience : it works for Chelsea lately but the masses cant handle it in a sitcom format

Laura Prepon’s character required better timing a lot and again, that studio audience or laugh track got in the way of that, we know chelsea and we know she is quick. some might even say quick-witted.

despite those challenges this show could have gone on to make more and more people laugh great premise, great characters and great cameos, so many possibilities

i sincerely hope this is not the end for chelsea in sitcom land, unless she explores other medium, but comedy is still so backwards female comediennes get the shaft. how long was that crap show with the fat ugly comedian some how married to a hottie who he found annoying on? which one you ask?


sincerely, stay at home mom who has crushed comedic dreams


Craig May 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I will miss Dee Dee. She was the best part of the show.


Amy March 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Yessssss! Love Dee Dee!!!!


Jenn @therebelchick May 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm

We actually really liked this new show…was so happy to see Prepon in another sitcom! :(


yani May 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm

i love laura prepon!!! so sad it didn’t worked out :(


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