Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: Cancel or Keep It?

cancel Betty Whites Off Their Rockers?Legendary TV actress Betty White has starred in many TV shows in her career — The Golden Girls, Life with Elizabeth, Hot in Cleveland, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Palace and The Betty White Show (two versions!) — just to name a handful. Some ran for years while others were cancelled fairly quickly. How does her newest, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, stack up? Will it see season two?

White hosts the hidden camera series in which senior citizens play pranks on unsuspecting members of the younger generations. NBC gave the TV show a special preview back in January, following the network’s Betty White’s 90th Birthday special. It drew a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 12.26 million total viewers. The debut was in fourth place in its timeslot but, at that point, was NBC’s second-highest rated show of the season.

It remained one of the network’s top shows until the second episode which aired on April 4th. That attracted a 1.8 in the demo with 7.4 million, representing a 31% decline in the demographic rating. Last week’s installment fell another 11% to a 1.6 rating with 6.06 million.

Should Off Their Rockers be cancelled?

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While the ratings have come down quite a bit, Off Their Rockers is performing relatively well considering it’s airing opposite American Idol. It’s doing far better than Best Friends Forever and, so far, is on par with what Whitney was getting towards the end of its run.

Off Their Rockers is currently the sixth-highest rated non-scripted show on NBC. Understandably, it skews older. Interestingly it’s the second most-watched show on the network with an average of 8.57 million total viewers. Only The Voice has a higher average.

Off Their Rockers is NBC’s only half-hour non-scripted show, is cheap to produce, and can easily be slotted in with other sitcoms. Unless the ratings keep falling, it looks likely that NBC will give it another season — especially since so many of the network’s sitcoms are struggling right now.

But, what do you think? Should NBC cancel Betty White’s Off Their Rockers or renew it for a second season?

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  1. Smiley Rombach says

    My husband & I love Betty White. Her new show Off Their Rockers is the best! The younger people these days have no respect for anyone. It’s great to see the older generation get even for a change! Hope it stays for 20 seasons!!!!!
    Thanks Betty & Cast!!!!
    God Bless!

  2. f. nedell says

    This show is demeaning and insulting to senior citizens. There is nothing funny about
    some people becoming slower and less physically capable. Betty White should find a better vehicle for her talent or else, pack it up and read a good book.

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  4. Thomas says

    I am 50+ years old and I watched Betty White’s new show last night for the first time. I don’t think they should air the second episode, let alone a second season. This had to be, hands down, one of the worse shows I have seen on TV. The ideas are puerile and the execution very lame. It’s too bad, I was looking forward to it.

    You are either working for the show/NBC, or you are of YOUR rocker.

    • Nikki says

      When my 93 year old great aunt can watch this show and find it HYSTERICAL, I find your opinion to be just that…an opinion.

  5. Granny says

    I think parts of it (saw two shows) were very funny but the highly-sexual situations just ridicule senior citizens and make viewers cringe. They are far from “funny.” Better writing and funnier “set-ups” would be much more workable.

  6. Bray90820 says

    it’s a good show and should be given a second season but given her age having this show be a long running series might not be possible

  7. J. Segal says

    Keep it. The younger generation’s reactions are priceless and reflective of attitude changes and tolerance, and the older pranksters are talented pros and interesting to watch as they work

  8. Tha Critic says

    Haven’t seen it but I’m sure it beats watching Celebrity Apprentice, or Fashion Star, or The Voice, or any other ratings-snatching, reality tv disaster.

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