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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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Anonymous February 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Who watches NBC??? Old ppl

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Anonymous January 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm

i liked this show a lot. i found it hilarious they should totally air more seasons.

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Charles Yagher January 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm

KEEP THE SHOW ON, yes I said , ON!!!!!

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Cassey summer January 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

This show is so so funny and I think there should be a second season it is uplifting,and it has a good sense of humor in it and please have a season two ,it is too funny to let go, and (Ben) is really hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡!!!!!!!!!!

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Kristoff January 28, 2013 at 5:40 am

I just watch the whoke episode and I really loved it.. Season 2 please

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pissed January 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Just watched the show on netflix umm loved it I don’t remember seeing anything on tv for it so I don’t think nbc even really wanted 2 put this show on air or better yet have this show do good was sent up 2 fell. Nbc sucks! Wish there was more

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anonymous January 19, 2013 at 12:48 am

The show was a good show and it is unfortunate that it didn’t get a fair shake. Chalk it up as one of many good shows that died with no adieu.

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Anonymous January 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm

This show is too funny to end in one season

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Anonymous January 13, 2013 at 11:43 pm

It’s amazing I love it

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Anonymous January 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Please do a twice !!!!

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Anonymous January 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Deuxième saison svppppppp

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John January 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

This show is too awesome, it is right on with today’s era and should continue.

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Anonymous January 7, 2013 at 1:48 am

I love this show! So do all my friends. We watched them on Netflix. Do not cancel!!!

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Anonymous January 5, 2013 at 3:35 am

Keep the show on air!!! just watched all the episodes in 1 day on netflix. I want a season 2 at least. they cant just end it like that!!!!!

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dosent matter December 31, 2012 at 10:41 pm

sont cancel the show its really good i watch it on netflix people do that mostly so just wait i promise this show is amazingly good i watched it in 1 day to wich is sad but i dont care super good

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Anonymous December 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

IM BEGGING! PLEASE KEEP THE SHOW ON! It’s hilarious and an addicting show. I watched season 1 on Netflix in 1 day!

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