Brothers: Is FOX Quietly Cancelling the Sitcom?

Brothers TV showFOX’s only new traditional sitcom of the season, Brothers, has been performing poorly in the ratings, even for a Friday night. Now it appears that FOX is finished with it.

Brothers revolves around a former NFL superstar (Michael Strahan) who finds himself with an empty bank account and heads back to his old hometown. He must make peace and work with his newly-paraplegic brother (Daryl “Chill” Mitchell) who runs a struggling restaurant. The series also stars Carl Weathers, CCH Pounder, and Colton Dunn.

On September 25th, Brothers debuted to a disappointing 2.82 million viewers and a paltry 1.0/4 in the 18-49 demographic. The numbers have gotten even worse as the weeks have progressed. The network recently started rerunning episodes on Sunday nights in hopes of finding an audience for the show. It hasn’t helped.

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FOX recently announced that they were bumping low-rated Brothers, ‘Til Death, and Dollhouse from the Friday schedule for the duration of the November sweeps period.

Repeat episodes of Brothers will however continue to air on Sunday nights. Original episodes will be quietly burned off on November 8th, November 22nd, and December 13th. On December 27th, FOX will air two installments. After that, Brothers is off the schedule and the timeslot will be filled by ‘Til Death.

Though FOX hasn’t officially said that they’re cancelling the sitcom, they aren’t ordering any more episodes either. They’ve dubbed the second installment on December 27th as the “season finale,” meaning that it won’t be back this season. Considering the terrible ratings, the network is highly unlikely to order a second round.

So, it looks certain that Brothers has been quietly cancelled. The question is, will many people notice?

What do you think? Is Brothers gone for good? Are you sorry to see it go?

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  1. Anonymous says

    Brothers was an entertaining and funny sitcom. My husband and I are going to miss it. There was a naturalness to it. Clean, funny, enjoyable. Fox gives up too easily on some of these shows. Give this show another chance. Find other family shows that would complement each other. I remember when FOX friday night shows were great family nights–what happened.

  2. just me says

    This was by far one of the WORST shows on tv, second only to the Wanda Sykes show. It was not at all funny. Michael Strahan can’t act, and the gap tooth jokes got old fast.
    Daryl Mitchell was never funny as a comedian, and has gotten even worse since the accident that put him in the wheelchair. Since he is supposed to be a comedian, why does he always look angry? And all the wheelchair jokes in the world doesn’t make it funny that he’s confined to one, and it actually puts more focus on the fact that he is. The only part I ever liked him in was as Chill in Houseparty. Guess that was his claim to fame, since he kept the same name for this series. To quote Bilal,”Yo Chill. Chill!”
    Carl Weathers actually does have talent, but this show reduced him in stature from his Apollo Creed days. Carl, we still love ya! You’re so much better than this.
    They never should have let this show past the pilot.

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