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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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lina October 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm

the show’s great, need another season! last episode was such a cliffhanger…

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Anonymous October 17, 2013 at 2:05 am

make another season the shows is great and funny, great cast and chemistry between them. Want to see more of the show

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Andrea October 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I want a second season! I just watch the show and it awesome, I loved it! I definitely want the season 2. I wanna know what happen with Ben and Sara, and Riley and Aaron and Fitz omfg

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Holly October 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Need need need to see a season 2, love this show!

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mehr October 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm

The show is sooo funny and I will like to see the season 2 !! They so great !!

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Anonymous September 23, 2013 at 1:07 am

They need to make a second season! And yes it true that not many people knew about this and hopefully we can all share with friends and get the word out but i don’t think it will help :/

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Anonymous September 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm

They need to make a season 2! I love this show

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leslie September 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Best and funny show ever they need to make a season 2 ASAP!!!

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gustavo September 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm

i totaly agree with u.

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Anonymous September 14, 2013 at 2:51 am

I think the performance is great. Too bad not too many people know about it and it got canceled.

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Anonymous September 12, 2013 at 2:55 am

i wath this serie in Netflix, i finish today, please i ‘m really excited and i0m in love of this job, please, I NEED SEASON 2

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Anonymous September 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Make a session 2 plezee really great show

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isa September 3, 2013 at 2:00 am

Finished watching it last night on netflix! I fell in love with this show!! I hopee they make a season 2!!!fingers crossed!!♥
Meanwhile will watch it again lol :p

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Ashley August 26, 2013 at 3:56 am

I fell in love with this tv show and I suggest that there should be a season 2! I REALLY Love how Ben and Sarah are falling for each other. The show is awesome. Just like Friends With Benefits the movie! Haha

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Stefan August 23, 2013 at 3:58 am

just finished watching season 1 on Netflix and I wanted to watch more so I looked up what happened to the show they should really make a season 2 . I don’t think it should of been canceled Netflix should make it one of their original shows

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SARAH August 21, 2013 at 1:14 am

this show is totally fantastic. i spend my whole night watching the season one! I NEED A SEASON TWO. {brazilll}

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