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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?


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Earl August 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I think the show was hilarious and hated to watch the last episode of season 2. I would watch this show for seasons but too bad ABC canceled it. They cancel every show that they air before giving it time to develop this one might have had the low numbers to be canceled but I found the show really funny and super sparatic which keeps it fresh. Oh well Rest in Peace I guess.


Vimal August 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm

The show is awesome. I have so far done 4 repetitions of both the seasons on Netflix. I agree, it’s not for everybody but for upper, educated class who are versed with technology and its jargon. This might be the reason it did not do that well.
Plus, I strongly feel that it was not marketed well. Maybe a tax-haven; not sure though.

Please bring back season 3.


Anonymous July 20, 2014 at 11:26 pm

We’ve been watching on Netflix. This show is hysterical. Maybe they should have marketed it better.


Sean July 17, 2014 at 10:23 pm

I loved this show bring it back!


Ragnar July 6, 2014 at 11:29 pm

This is a really great show. I think the low viewership is because of the fact that the people who truly can appreciate the humor( people who work in corporations , scientists) are people who never have time to watch television. It is really sad that such a great show was cancelled!!


Britney June 5, 2014 at 4:04 am

The show was clever and funny. The humor wasn’t slapstick, it was sophisticated humor. The writers of the show are brilliant! Bring back TED AND CO!


Andreas May 20, 2014 at 5:54 pm

I absolutely loved the show !! I have re-run it 3 times now already on netflix.


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