Better with You: Another Family Sitcom on ABC; Cancel or Keep It?

Better with YouWith the success of Modern Family (and to a lesser extent, The Middle), ABC is trying to round out their Wednesday block of comedy. They have several sitcoms in the pipeline and their first candidate, Better with You, has now premiered. Will it find success or, like last year’s Hank, be quickly cancelled?

Better with You revolves around members of the Putney family and their significant others. Maddie and Ben have been happily dating for a long time. They begin to question their choice to not get married when Maddie’s sister gets pregnant by her new boyfriend and they announce their plans for nuptials. The girls’ parents approve of the idea, having taken on a carpe diem approach to life. The sitcom stars Debra Jo Rupp, Jake Lacy, Jennifer Finnigan, Joanna Garcia, Josh Cooke, and Kurt Fuller.

On Wednesday night, Better with You scored a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.9 million viewers. That put the series in fourth place for the coveted demo and third place in total viewership. It lost viewers from The Middle lead-in and likely benefited greatly from leading into the return of Modern Family (which got a 5.1 demo rating).

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As is the case with CBS and their successful Monday night sitcoms, networks have high expectations when they team a new show with an already successful one. It’s hard to imagine that ABC is overly happy with the first outing of Better with You but they’ll surely give it some time to see if it catches on.

If the numbers don’t improve however, the execs will quickly start to wonder if they can do better with another new sitcom in that timeslot. We’ll have to wait and see.

But, what do you think? Is Better with You worth watching? Should ABC stick with it or cancel it and try another comedy?

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  1. hypothesis says

    Hasn’t Nielsen ratings system been around ever since radio days?
    Was the Nielsen ratings system base on a study, how people might have spent money back in The Great Depression days?

    Haven’t they found Studies, like Nielsen ratings system often proved wrong, and way off base?
    Also how exactly dose Nielsen ratings system work?
    People and spending habit have changed since way back when?.
    How dose it really work?
    We have Cougars and King Cobra in midlife crisis.
    King Cobra is easily charmed, Many are marrying “Need” 20 year old Bipolar girl’s.
    60- 90 year old’s, King Cobra also producing babies.
    I ask Hypothetically,
    With this” Old” Rating’s System, Old King Cobra is watches News, Drama and he DVR “No Ordinary Family” Watching at his Time & Convenience, with him and kids. The 20 year old wife watch “No Ordinary Family” a week later, by herself. The Wife also gone during the day because she was busy running around spending King Cobra’s money.
    The wife will, DVR’D her soaps but be home in time to watched bachelor, and DVR’D, Cougar Town. So which one is rated and how? Is DVR’S only counted if the wife and the kids watches the DVR event, on particular time and day? What is time limit on DVR’S events? Is it counted as much as live? Is the DVR event, grade on a curve?
    King Cobra paid for cable and Television. Is King Cobra counted? And if he is, how? If not why?

    Lot of people are watching DVD Series, which and help series popularity growth.
    Are DVD’S taken into any consideration how popularity of series?.
    Technology has stepped up and allow us watch mass amount DVD and DVR of series.

    The Television enthusiast can watch lot of different series many different ways.
    On Cell Phones, and anywhere there are internet connection.
    Series show are being watch more than ever, by all age groups. Often re-watch the same show over by another member of family and friends.
    Nielsen ratings system was in place before the new technology.
    New technology need to be adjusted and to be accounted for.

    Each season we have invested our time and try The Networks new shows,

    Your viewers have gotten get involved with characters only to have them canceled with 10 or 20 episode. Leaving viewers with no closure for those series that or canceled.
    Even the worst series to me is another person favorite series.
    No reason for any series not make it, with the new age technology.

    Networks could protect themselves like websites do and put a quick add into shows that cannot be skipped over. TV websites should also be able to track the data and transmit to the networks. At least then all Viewers are counted. Do you think Network making a brige to the new technology, maybe, sometimes in the future before they cancel all series?

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