Best Friends Forever: New NBC Sitcom, Cancel or Keep It?

Best Friends Forever to be canceled?This week, NBC unveiled Best Friends Forever as they said goodbye to Bent. While Bent is almost guaranteed to be cancelled and not to return for a second season, is there any better news for Best Friends Forever?

In the sitcom, Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham play best friends who live on the opposite ends of the country. Jessica receives divorce papers from her husband and Lennon convinces her to return to the Brooklyn apartment they once shared. Before long, they’ve fallen into their old rituals but this doesn’t leave much room for Lennon’s live-in boyfriend, Joe (Luka Jones). Others in the series include Stephen Schneider and Daija Owens.

Best Friends Forever debuted on Wednesday night to a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.94 million total viewers. The sitcom had a lead-in from returning Betty White’s: Off Their Rockers and lost 33% of that show’s demo lead-in.

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It was in a distant third place in the timeslot, tied with a rerun of ABC’s Suburgatory. Had the alphabet network’s sitcom been an original episode, Forever would have surely done even worse.

Are You There, Chelsea?, which previously held the timeslot, debuted to a 2.3 demo rating and 6.18 million. Over the course of the season, that show’s numbers fell to a 1.2 demo rating. Forever is starting out with that low number and will surely fall lower in subsequent weeks.

Unless the ratings miraculously improve, it looks like Forever is already doomed to be cancelled. NBC has five more episodes and, based on the early numbers, they’re no doubt happy that they don’t have any more than that.

But, what do you think? Did you like Best Friends Forever? Should it be cancelled or renewed for season two?

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14 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. ange says

    I have only seen the one episode and loved it. pvr’d any new episodes to watch. I thought the acting was great and the chemistry awesome. Funny show which is hard to find these days.

  2. johnathan says

    I wish it had more advertising, and I love this show, I think honestly it is because of viewing online that has kept this show from being a success, I mean the last two episodes air tomorrow and they are already online???? that seems fishy to me, saw them on Hulu and will watch again tomorrow.

  3. Christina blacklock says

    I rarely leave comments… but I love this show I love the relationship between friends and it’s funny dinner backstabbing and fighting and they have this weird humor between them that is super . I love the show and hope it stays for many seasons please bring it back!!!

  4. addie says

    Noooo…. don’t cancel this one too! This show is FANTASTIC – I find myself laughing out loud at this show every time I watch it (I almost fell off the treadmill with the fire escape bit) – honestly, I’ve liked these first few episodes so much that I’m reenacting them for strangers – PLEASE NBC don’t make another terrible decision! Keep Best Friends Forever on the air

  5. partriconfire says

    I unfortunately think that NBC had no interest in ever making Bent or BFF into something that was decent. They did not promote them well and did not staff them well with writers of quality. All shows should be given a chance to develop and it is really hard to slam a show that was never given a chance to find it’s legs.
    NBC is trying to develop a foundation of comedy and it may work if they bring back Whitney and add Silverman and Roseanne Barr to the wednesday night comedy lineup making it all female based caustic comedies. I say that in a positive way because I like all 2 comedians and NBC would be smart to drop Chelsea which was a very poorly produced series.

  6. Rebecca says

    If they don’t keep Bent going (all of its six episodes have aired), I don’t want them to keep this one going either. Bent was a better show, in my opinion. I would have liked to see it go on longer.

  7. Victor says

    Actually I think Happy Endings was the only show as of recently that did very well with a late season start from a cancellation.

  8. Thinker says

    Hard to say. The pilot was released a week early so viewers might have watched it online prior and just not on the day. I think they want to give a couple episodes to grow the audience because the pilot episode is essentially a year old at this point (since the recasting of Pally).

    I say keep it based simply on the potential there’s a real chemistry and likeability with this cast that will surely grow over time.

  9. Craig says

    I wonder if any shows snuck into the line up in April with little fanfare have done well. It seems like they are just being set up to fail as they go against the shows people have already become vested in.

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