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. clara says

    I love the show!!! So does my friend, Nicole, we really like to see the second season. We have been waiting for it on netflix, but nothing happened. So I searched what happened, and you guys should renew it because a bunch of people watched the first season and have been waiting for the second. So please renew!!!

  2. says

    am madly in love with this show ooo..
    pls I really wanna watch the next season ….I really like Ben.
    pls it should be up to season 10……..

  3. darby says

    This show is fantastic. The only thing I can think of that people may not like is the name (it sounds like it might be more inappropriate than it is. That’s what made me hesitate foe a while.) But its great. One of the best things I started on Netflix. Netflix should invest in season 2 and make it a Netflix original. To real.

  4. Courtney says

    Love this show! Just started watching it on Netflix and couldn’t get enough of it! Was so sad when I saw there was only one season! Would LOVE if they decided to continue this show!

  5. Kata says

    I’m from Hungary and we just love this! It’s really entertaining, the best series I’ve ever seen!

  6. nat says

    They should definitely renew it. Without a doubt is funny and entertaining. On top of that, they should put it on Netflix as fast as possible because I expect season 2 to be better the season 1

  7. Eve Penuel says

    they should definitly renew and make a second season. this show gave me delight everyday. i would be really happy if they make a second season. i bet others would like tha as well

  8. says

    Please please please make another season! Me and my friends always watch it and I love it! It’s seriously my favorite show and I want atleast a few more series! Please!

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