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Mad Love: CBS Sitcom Cancelled; No Season Two

Mad Love canceled season twoThere was an instant attraction between Ben Parr and Kate Swanson on the new CBS sitcom, Mad Love. Unfortunately, not enough viewers fell in love with the show and it’s now been cancelled after one season.

Mad Love revolves around four young New Yorkers. Two are falling in love with one another while the other two canā€™t stand each other — at least in the beginning. Ben (Jason Biggs) is a hopeless romantic and an attorney who’s trying to build a relationship with Kate (Sarah Chalke), the girl of his dreams. Larry (Tyler Labine) is Ben’s best friend and co-worker. He and Kate’s roommate, Connie (Judy Greer), don’t like each other but they have a lot more in common that either will admit.

The sitcom debuted on Valentines Day appropriately enough to a 3.0 rating in the ever-important 18-49 demographic and 8.74 million viewers. That was a positive start and seemed to be very compatible with its lead-in, How I Met Your Mother.

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Unfortunately, the show’s ratings started declining immediately. Last week’s episode fell to a series low with a 1.9 rating in the demographic and 5.11 million viewers. That was a loss of 27% from the lead-in demo and viewership levels are naturally higher at 8:30 than they are at 8:00.

The 12 episodes of Mad Love that have aired so far have averaged a 2.3 in the demo and 6.49 million viewers. CBS obviously feels that a sitcom in that timeslot should perform better so they’ve cancelled Mad Love.

TV show supportTwo other freshman shows, $#*! My Dad Says and The Defenders were also cancelled today.

The de facto series finale of Mad Love will air tomorrow night at 8:30pm. Sadly it doesn’t look like we’ll find out how the love story would have finished.

What do you think? Are you sorry that Mad Love isn’t being renewed for a second season? Why do you think this series didn’t catch on?

Wondering where the rest of your shows stand? Check our CBS cancel/renew page.

 

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Anonymous June 6, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Just finished episode 13, it was a great show!
So sad it was cancelled.

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Brett May 29, 2014 at 11:09 am

I just watched the first few episodes and i would just like to say that i think the show was a couples of years to early it would make a great replacement for How i met your Mother now it might be a good idea for CBS to go back and have another look at it.

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Ros April 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm

This has just started in the UK, I love it and am really disappointed to find out it has been cancelled :-(

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Annoymous February 3, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Just came across this show and watched 13 episodes in 3 days! Googled 2nd series and so sad to see that there isn’t one. The first couple of episodes were a little slow but it got so much better once the characters established themselves it was very funny!! Love Larry he makes it!

I think it’s a real shame the show has been cancelled it had great potential.

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