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Friends with Benefits: Cancelled; No Season Two

Friends with Benefits cancelledThere won’t be a second season for the pals on NBC’s Friends with Benefits. The network has cancelled the sitcom after one season on the air.

Friends with Benefits revolves around a group of young Chicago friends. Their relationships are complicated to say the least as they try to find the perfect match for themselves and their friends. The sitcom stars Ryan Hansen, Danneel Ackles, Jessica Lucas, Zach Cregger, and Andre Holland.

Originally slated for mid-season 2010-11, the premiere was delayed until August 2011. It was pretty clear that the network didn’t see a future for the series as they burned episodes off two at a time during a summer run.

Friends with Benefits debuted on August 5th to a poor 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.34 million total viewers. The numbers got worse as the weeks progressed and hit a low of a 0.5 demo rating with just 1.54 million viewers.

The peacock network had one leftover episode by the time the regular 2011-12 season began and they never got around to airing the last episode. Episode 13, titled “The Benefit of Full Disclosure,” was later made available online via iTunes, Amazon and Netflix. It was the second episode directed by The Wonder Years vet Fred Savage.

To no surprise, NBC has cancelled Friends with Benefits so we’ll never find out if the friends ever found their own “happily ever afters.”

What do you think? Did you enjoy this NBC sitcom? Do you think it would have done better and have been renewed if it had aired during the regular season?


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Jack July 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm

This is what happens when a network alianates entire segment of population, there is a conservative boycott of the network, and it’s cable wing msnbc. I liked the show, but my principles matter more. And so this many other shows on the peacock network are getting killed in ratings. Not that cbs or abc are any better, and I rarely watch those networks, but when Hollywood has their ears and eyes closed to 49% of the electorate, this is what happens.


Cassie July 17, 2014 at 7:28 am

I think they should renew it because everyone loves a show like this where they start off as just good friends and become more. Plus they’re canceling so many good shows and keeping the bad ones these days, not giving the ones that are ACTUALLY good a chance.


Matt May 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

My husband never liks what I watch but he did like Friends with Benefits .
If you can get a man to watch it ,they love it .
My son in law stops what he is doing to watch it .


Donna May 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I can’t believe that NBC cancelled Friends with better lives. The show is so funny and fresh. I think they need to give it a new time slot, like Friday or Saturday, not much on then. Give it a chance!!


Lisa Luca May 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

My husband and I love this show. It is hysterically funny and definitely deserves another season!


Marty April 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Yeah this series was painful to watch. Stereotypical characters. Predictable storylines. Everything felt forced and heavily acted. NBC screws up cancellations a lot, but this one was absolutely the right thing to cancel.

Terrible series.


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