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).

What do you think of Better With You?

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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. cassandra says

    I LOVE this show!! It is one of my favorites on television and ABC actually chooses to consider concelling this show instead of moving it to another more appropriate time slot??? What is really going on here?

  2. Sheila says

    This is one of the best shows on TV!! It’s very funny! It’s also on the cleaner side, which is very nice to see these days. There is way too much garbage on TV today. It’s so refreshing to watch a show that makes you laugh every time you watch it! I have read that it might be cancelled, I sure hope not! My family and I LOVE this show!!

    • Lorraine says

      My family and I love the show. What a terrific cast and their characters are very funny. What is ABC thinking cancelling a show like this when there are so many others that don’t even come close to this one. RETHINK THIS ONE ABC!!

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  4. Leslie says

    I really just hate this show slot. I have started switching to another channel in between the middle and modern family.

  5. Lauren Nichole says

    Please keep this show!! Wednesday night is my favorite night of television! The Middle, Better With You, Modern Family! Best line up of the week. This show is so funny and the cast is fantastic!

    • Sheila says

      I agree with you Lauren Nichole!! It’s a great line up! If they’re having trouble with ratings (which is hard to believe) then try a different night, but please keep it!! Great cast!!

  6. Rebecca says

    I love this show!! Along with Perfect Couples, they are my favorite new sitcoms, and I always watch them. I think all of the actors are great, and the writing is hilarious, witty and fast-paced. Please don’t cancel this show!

    • Anonymous says

      Are you kidding me!!!! This show is right up there with Modern Family. The entire family looks forward to watching it everyweek. I can honestly say Better with You & Modern Family are 2 of the BEST COMEDIES on TV

  7. Rob says

    This is a GREAT show!!! It is funny and enjoyable and doesn’t need all the language and sex to be good. With all that is going on in the world, we could all use a good laugh and this show provides that.

    • Sheila says

      I totally agree Rob! It doesn’t need bad language and sex to be good, there are way too many of those kind of shows out there!!

  8. Larry says

    I have to admit I really do look forward to this show. I and my wife really really hope that this show is given a fair chance… It is a definite show that when it catches you……you can’t help but give a chuckle even thinking about it. Give it a good shot. It really is a great way to to have a comedy Wed. It is a keeper.

  9. says

    I love the show, “Better With You”! It is a great comedy and I looked foward to seeing it every week. I really hope you keep it around for a long time. It is a great family comedy and I loved knowing that was a much needed laugh coming every Wednesday night.

  10. stefanie says

    I really like this show. Its just clean cute entertainment. I find it funny & enjoy taking a break from drama & sex sceens. I really look forward to Wednesday comedy to relax & laugh. Please give this show another season!

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