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Back in the Game: Season One Ratings

Back in the Game TV show on ABC ratingsABC has had very mixed success launching new sitcoms on Wednesday nights. Will Back in the Game be a ratings hit or will it be cancelled after one season? We’ll have to wait and see how things go.

Back in the Game follows a single mother (Maggie Lawson) and her son (Griffin Gluck) who move in with her gruff father (James Caan). Despite having no experience, the boy desperately wants to play baseball so his mom, a former All Star, gets roped into coaching a new team of misfits. Others in the cast are Lenora Crichlow, Ben Koldyke, Kennedy Waite, J.J. Totah, Cooper Roth, and Brandon Salgado.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.

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11/2 update: ABC has cancelled this sitcom but all 13 episodes are expected to air.

12/12 update: You can see the rest of the latest night’s ratings in context.

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These are the final national numbers (unless noted with an “*”). These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Back in the Game TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or be renewed for a second season?


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim January 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Disappointing to hear! I just started watching this show and love it! I love seeing James Cann in this role!


Brandon January 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Why would they cancel back in the game? It’s clearly better then the Goldberg or trophy wife shows that came out around the same time


Carol Clark January 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Very upset that this great comedy- one of the best written — is cancelled. Please bring it back.


Phil December 31, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I loved Back In The game! I am very upset that ABC decided to pull the plug so soon. It was a great show to watch. Maggie Lawson and James Caan were great together and the boys were great as well. It was not the typical ‘last to first’ sports story, but it did deserve more episodes than it got.


Roger Hora December 13, 2013 at 1:09 am

great show, hope it gets renewed


CK November 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Not sure why this show got the boot, when it is doing better than most of the other shows on the network.


Erin November 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Luv this show! PLEASE uncancel!! Watching the Cannon slowly learn how to be a good father and smack a douche bag once in a while is wonderful! Luv luv luv this show!!!!! For anyone not getting the humor-I’m so sorry for your loss of sense of humor!!


Angus November 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I hope they cancel the cancellation. :)


Andrew October 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I hope this show gets cancelled if only to free up Maggie Lawson for more Psych.


Sam November 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

She will be in four of the 8 episodes (now 10) planned for this year – the first this December when she is in the muscial episode. Then her filming commitment to Back in the Game precludes her involvement for the rest of Season 8 on Psyche. The problem is, this is the last season – so the cancelation of Back in the Game has absolutely no impact on her appearance on Psych. She is just not available soon enouh for that show. She will have to get picked up elsewhere if you want to see her on TV again.


Hannah October 27, 2013 at 4:19 am

This show is absolutely awful and i hope it gets cancelled. If this slide in the ratings continues hopefully it will. FYI in the 18-49 ratings (which are what really count) it is NOT the highest rated new comedy on ABC, actually “Super Fun Night” is. In the 18-49 ratings it is performing very poorly indeed when you consider that it has “The Middle” as lead in which gets over 2 million more viewers than Back In The Game, and then “Modern Family” which airs after this trash and blows it out of the water. More than 2 million viewers stop watching ABC when Back In The Game comes on and return to watch Modern Family when it’s over. This show is a waste of space and Maggie Lawson could do much better than this. The material and humor is just so predictable, juvenile and well… just not funny, Maggie is wasting her talent and her time on a show like this and it’s a good thing that she still has Psych because she is awesome on that. Yes she is doing both shows thank goodness. She will be in most of Psych season 8 which airs in 2014.


Sam November 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

Wrong on a number of accounts. First, Maggie Lawson is only in four epsiodes of Psych in it last year (Season 8 – a total of 10 episodes are filmed). She will be in the first episode which is the Musical Psych this December on USA, and three more episodes in 2014. The other 6 – she will not be in those. Back in the Game’s 13 episode order filmed during that time (filiming just ended last week for Back in the Game). The numbers are right, but Maggie Lawson will just be off the air until she finds another series – no more Psych than the four episodes she had time for, and the 7 remaining episodes for Back in the Game.


Anonymous November 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Also wrong on the account that it’s not a great show!!


Ryan October 19, 2013 at 4:45 am

This show is getting funnier and funnier with each episode. Hope the ratings improve. It does have the highest viewership of any of their new comedies. Hope it sticks around. Ratings might not be through the roof, but look at Last Man Standing! It just needs to get its following! It’s a great show!


Zabber October 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm

With the baseball theme I think it would’ve better as a summer show. Kinda nice to have something to watch besides repeats all summer.


Xsu October 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Funny show, with good acting and chemistry. Worth watching.


ellen September 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I didn’t expect to like it based on the story outline. But, it is very funny and has real potential. Give it a try!


Anonymous November 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm

me too! its amazing!


Sharon September 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Hope they give this show a chance. Seems like it will be a great show. I really like James Cann.


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