Better Off Ted: ABC TV Show Cancelled, No Season Three

Better Off ted cancelledTo no surprise, ABC’s Better Off Ted has been cancelled after two seasons on the air. Though it was a hit with critics and a devout group of fans, it just never found a mass audience.

Better Off Ted follows Ted Crisp (Jay Harrington) and his fellow employees at Veridian Dynamics, a strange and heartless technology company. The rest of the cast includes Andrea Anders, Jonathan Slavin, Malcolm Barrett, and Portia de Rossi.

Last May, ABC decided to show some faith in the freshman sitcom and renewed Better Off Ted for a second season. At that time, the ratings weren’t great and they got even worse after the renewal announcement.

When the network began airing the remainder of season one during the summer months, they averaged a terrible 0.74 in the 18-49 demographic and 2.09 million viewers.

For season two, Ted debuted with a 1.5 rating in the demo and 3.82 million viewers. As bad as those numbers sound, they got even worse.

Paired with Scrubs, ABC decided to burn off the remaining episodes of Ted in January. Despite campaigning from some loyal fans, viewership hit a new low for the season — a 0.8 rating and 2.17 million viewers.

The writing’s been on the wall for a long time and realistically, based on the numbers, the TV show shouldn’t have been renewed for a second season. Many in the cast have taken other jobs and the series has now been cancelled by ABC.

What do you think? Many really loved this show but it never attracted a big audience. Why?

Canceled and renewed TV show

339 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. tom & gail says

    We loved the show. It was funny. However, we are 50 something professionals and slightly nerdy. Really loved the two scientists. They were hilarious. Sorry that we didn’t watch it the first time around. But professionals rarely know what is on television….mostly shows on tv are not entertaining.

  2. ebrown says

    Very sad about the news NO SEASON 3 for Better Off Ted …

    Writing was excellent … cast were phenomenal… ABC is out of their minds as evidenced by all around poor ratings …

    only good show they have is Grey’s Anatomy…

    Huff Off

  3. Anonymous says

    I discovered this show on Netflix as well and it has become my all-time FAVORITE sitcom. I’ve watched both seasons so many times I pretty much have them memorized by now. From the writing and acting to the directing and soundtrack, this show is the complete package. And corporate America gives us so much fodder, I figured this show would last for at least 5 seasons!

    I agree with the others who’ve speculated that this show is too clever for a mass audience (which is SO SAD on so many levels!). Hey Netflix… maybe you would consider getting the original cast and crew back together to create more seasons…?!?!?! :o)

Leave a Comment

Your comment may need approval from a moderator before it appears. We review comments to weed out spam, duplicate postings and personal attacks. We welcome constructive discussion.