Friends with Benefits: New NBC Sitcom; Cancel or Keep It?

Friends with Benefits cancel or keepA couple weeks ago, the peacock network finally started airing their new Friends with Benefits sitcom. The pilot for the TV show was developed for ABC but they passed on the series and NBC picked it up. Now that the show’s debuted, is the alphabet network regretting their decision or will the sitcom flop and be quickly cancelled?

Friends with Benefits revolves around a group of friends who live in Chicago and their relationships are complicated to say the least. Ben Lewis (Ryan Hansen) is on the hunt for the perfect woman who can meet his impossibly high standards. His best friend, Doctor Sara Maxwell (Danneel Harris), just wants a compatible man and to raise a family with him. They end up turning to each other for both moral and physical support as they wait for their mates to come along. Others in the cast include Zach Cregger, Andre Holland, and Jessica Lucas.

The NBC sitcom debuted with a pair of episodes on August 5th. The first one brought a terrible 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and only 2.34 million viewers. It was third in the timeslot, tying with a repeat of Bones on FOX. The episode that followed at 8:30 dropped 14% to an even worse 0.6 demo rating and 1.96 million total viewers.

The following week’s installments fell again to a 0.5 rating and an average of 1.84 million. They were in fourth place in the timeslot, only beating a repeat of The CW’s Nikita. Last Friday’s episodes didn’t do any better.

Friends with Benefits is easily the worst performing original series on NBC. To put it in perspective, Minute to Win It is doing terribly but still gets about twice the ratings of Friends with Benefits. The peacock network execs obviously didn’t have much faith in Friends with Benefits which is why they delayed it until summer. Still, just how badly the show is actually doing is likely still a shock.

There is absolutely no way that NBC will be renewing this sitcom for a second season. If anything, they’ll pull it before all of the episodes have aired. For right now, episodes 11 and 12 are scheduled to air on September 9th. That will leave one remaining installment but, with ratings like these, the network hardly has any incentive to want to find a spot for the season/series finale.

But what do you think? Do you like Friends with Benefits? Would you like to see it renewed for a second season or just quickly cancelled?

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  1. Joseph Wright says

    Man this was a great show it made me laugh a lot and I get what it’s about nd I like it as or I hope y’all do decide to come back with a season 2 and a season finale for season1 or more episodes for season 1

  2. grant says

    I saw a small excerpt on the internet and thought it was good.
    If you do have a session 2 would there be any chance for it to be taken up by one of the networks in Australia ?

  3. tamara lynn says

    I have never heard of this show b4 until now.. I watched the whole season 1 on Netflix today and I was disappointed that there wasn’t another season.. this was an awesome series wish y’all would keep it.. even if its top 5 or what ever I think having over a million people watching it is still pretty dang good. Who cares about the ratings should have continued it for the fans that do watch the show!!!

  4. Xochitl says

    Keep if pleses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I totaly just LOVE this show sooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Anita V says

    This show is truly entertaining. It’s too bad it was cancelled back in 2011. If anything, Netflix or an internet streaming company should pick it up. Definitely would binge watch it. :)

  6. Diana Chavez says

    I absolutely would do almost anything for this show to come back on. It is so good, the cast is perfect and the story line is so unique. Yes, it has a breeze of FRIENDS but friends was an Amazing show as well. I love pretty Little liars and I much rather watch FWB instead. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO BRINGING IT BACK!

  7. Shelby says

    They should bring this show back on TV I loved it from the first episode I just watched the whole season on netflix in a day!

  8. Bryan says

    what? This show is awesome. I was hooked, but sadly it quickly came to an end since their is only one season. I just feel like it hasn’t been heard of, advertising is definitely needed. I would greatly enjoy watching the following season.

  9. Mariel says

    This was was so far the best I enjoyed it, loved it and it even had comedy in which was amazing overall it was an entertaining show and I say they should air season 2. Amazing production in my opinion:)

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