Kevin James and The King of Queens TV show were staples of the CBS schedule for many years. Now, James is back on Monday nights with a new comedy, Kevin Can Wait. Is it a hit in the ratings and a success with viewers? Will it stay on the air and be renewed for a second season? Cancel or keep it?
Kevin Can Wait revolves around Kevin Gable (Kevin James), a newly retired police officer. After 30 years on the force, he’s looking forward to relaxing and spending quality time with his wife (Erinn Hayes) and their young kids (Mary-Charles Jones and James DiGiacomo). That plan goes awry when his elder daughter (Taylor Spreitler) and her fiance (Ryan Cartwright) move in. As a result, Kevin’s retirement dreams get put on hold. Kevin’s retiree friends are played by Leonard Earl Howze, Gary Valentine, and Lenny Venito.
The series debuted on September 19th with a 2.58 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11.08 million viewers. That was a very good start. The second episode saw an increase in the demo rating and a slight decline in viewers. The third installment fell in both categories and the fourth dropped again, registering a 2.11 in the demo with 8.70 million. While the ratings for Kevin Can Wait are still quite healthy, it is a bit concerning that they are continuing to fall.
It’s also worth noting that the show’s real test will come once its high-rated lead-in, The Big Bang Theory, moves back to Thursday nights. Starting October 24th, Kevin will shift to 8pm and will be expected to draw viewers to the CBS schedule. That’s a much tougher position to be in, particularly for a new show that hasn’t had much time to build a devoted audience.
For now, Kevin Can Wait is in no danger of being cancelled. CBS just ordered nine more installments, bringing the first season tally to 22 episodes. Will there be a second season? That will all depend on how well the series performs in the next several months without a strong lead-in. It will likely be a struggle.
But, what do you think? Do you like the Kevin Can Wait TV show? Do you think that it should stay on the air or, that CBS should replace it with something else? Cancel or keep it?