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Breaking In: FOX TV Series Cancelled; No Season Two

Breaking In canceledChristian Slater just can’t catch a break when it comes to television. My Own Worst Enemy was cancelled by NBC in 2009 and ABC’s the forgotten was canned in 2010. Now, FOX has cancelled his new sitcom, Breaking In, after one short season.

Breaking In follows a team of misfits who run a high-tech security operation and take extreme (often questionable) measures to sell their services. The comedy stars Slater, Bret Harrison, Odette Yustman, Trevor Moore, and Alphonso McAuley.

The sitcom debuted on April 6th to a healthy 3.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 9.82 million viewers. Those look like solid numbers when viewed alone but are far less impressive when you consider that the series lost more than 50% of the lead-in audience from American Idol.

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In week two, Breaking In lost 26% of its premiere audience, scoring a 2.6 rating and 7.79 million total viewers. Weeks three and four dropped as well. Last Wednesday’s episode scored a 2.4 in the demo and 7.07 million. That represents a retention of only 36% from the American Idol lead-in.

Despite the fact that Breaking In has a better average than already-renewed Raising Hope and Bob’s Burgers, FOX has decided to cancel the TV series after one season and seven episodes. It would seem that, despite what some may believe, lead-in retention does matter.

The remaining two episodes of Breaking In will air tonight and next Wednesday, May 18th. Hopefully Slater will have better luck next time — perhaps on a CBS series?

What do you think? Are you sorry that there won’t be a second season of Breaking In? Why do you think the TV series didn’t catch on?

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Elizabeth May 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm

According to Michael Rosenbaum (Dutch) if the finale does well (which was tonight) they WILL renew it via twitter:
mrosenbaum711 Michael Rosenbaum
They’ve moved Breaking In finale to Tuesday night 930 after raising hope.if ratings are good We get picked up.Tell everyone.Save the show!
mrosenbaum711 Michael Rosenbaum
Lot of support out there for Breaking In finale which is tonight at 930. Much obliged. Hours away. Crossing fingers!!!! #savebreakingin


Paula May 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm

bad call for fox. this show was great. i am 62 years old and I loved this show so that should tell fox they did not give this show time for people to find it. no one i knew ever heard of it until i told them to watch and they loved it.


JC Avila May 16, 2011 at 3:18 am

Fox Sucks!!! Breaking In was a good show :(


C Curi May 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Well of course it loses viewers from Idol. Ryan Seacrest tells them all to start voting for their favorite Idols at 9:30. I really hope FOX reverses this poor decision. How about a schedule change before on outright canellation? This is one of the funniest live action shows on FOX in a very long time.


K May 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm

The lead in with Karaoke Idol is stupid. These shows have nothing in common and a completely different type of audience so of course very few to none would stay to watch it.

Ratings are pointless anyways because they depend on the people who have the damn boxes. You might notice that a lot of shows that are cancelled share similar Oddball themes and target more geek audiences, especially for fox (Firefly, Dollhouse, terminator, Breaking In). You know the type of people who don’t want a damn neilson box tracking what they are watching.


Pam Jacobs May 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I won’t be watching american idol ever again. I will boycott products of advertisers. James was robbed tonight.


Danika Blais May 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Sign the petition guys!!! We need this show back:


Dann May 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

This upsets me to the point of no return. This is as stupid of a move Fox could make, reminds me of when Family Guy got canned. I believe this show deserves a second chance, even if that means on another network.


Keri May 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

Fox made a bad decision cancelling this show. They even said that the show didn’t have bad ratings. They finally get a good comedy and they cancel it after the 1st season. They are going to blame it on Christian Slater’s past bad shows.


David May 12, 2011 at 8:41 am

This is another example of why I don’t get involved with shows on FOX. They often cancel decent shows before they get a chance to find their footing. It didn’t surprise me they cancelled this show. I’ve learned to enjoy the ride but not expect a renewal.


Xio May 12, 2011 at 7:47 am

It’s a shame this show is being cancelled. I came accross it by accident on Hulu. Maybe the problem was a lack of advertising. Funny show that deserved a second season over Bob’s Burgers or Raising Hope.


spot618 May 12, 2011 at 7:24 am

I don’t know why this show didn’t do better. It was enjoyable to watch, was funny and entertaining and had a good cast. I feel bad for Christian Slater. I watched and enjoyed his other two shows and had to endure their cancellation as well. I’m really scratching my head on this one. I don’t think the show should be punished just because the viewers who watch American Idol don’t stay tuned in to Breaking In.


AH May 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm

This gets cancelled….BUT BOB’S BURGERS GETS RENEWED?! WTF?!


Anonymous May 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm

This sux!!!!!


Carlos N May 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Bad actors! Bad tv serie and just plain boring so they did a great move to cancel it. Even when I saw the teaser before the premier, I knew it would be cancel!


Aj May 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Well all I can say about FOX TV is that whoever makes the decisions to cancel or renew shows should get their head examined. I’ve been waiting a long time for a show as funny as Breaking In to come along since The Big Bang Theory. I am sick of “reality” crap TV. Finally a show comes along that is not only geniously comedic but can draw an audience that spans over 3 generations. The only other show I know that has been successful at doing that was Family Guy. Oh, wait didn’t FOX in a moment of genius cancel that show as well? Only to discover that,contrary to their precious ratings, was probably THE most watched show on the planet. When will FOX TV learn? They’re making a huge mistake canceling this show. With this show gone I am forced to stop watching FOX all together. There are other networks who carry The Big Bang Theory and the few other non-reality shows still airing that I enjoy. FOX has lost me as a viewer for good.


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