Though the ratings are low, FXX has decided to renew their Wednesday night series Man Seeking Woman for a second season.
Man Seeking Woman takes a sweet yet surreal look at the current world of dating and follows twenty-something Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) on his unrelenting quest for love. His friends and family are played by Eric Andre, Britt Lower, and Maya Erskine.
This comedy series debuted on January 14th with a 0.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 326,000 viewers. Viewership then dropped more than 40% in week two.
While the numbers have been up and down over the course of the seven episodes that have aired so far, the ratings have remained quite low. Last month, an episode registered a 0.07 demo rating and 98,000 viewers.
Still, FXX has picked up the series for another season of 10 episodes for 2016, likely hoping that the numbers will improve at some point. The first season finale will air on March 18th.
Updated with the official press release:
FXX Picks Up Second Season of the Show Rolling Stone Calls TV’s Best New Comedy “MAN SEEKING WOMAN”
Half-Hour Comedy Series Starring Jay Baruchel, Created by Simon Rich, from Executive Producers Rich, Jonathan Krisel, Lorne Michaels and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer Receives 10-Episode Order for Season Two
LOS ANGELES, March 3, 2015 – Man Seeking Woman, the first original comedy series to debut on FXX, has been picked up for a second season, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. The half-hour comedy series from Showrunner and Executive Producer Simon Rich, starring Jay Baruchel and produced by FX Productions, will return with 10 new episodes in 2016.
“Simon Rich has delivered an incredibly smart and original take on the search for love,” Grad said. “Critics and fans alike have embraced his unique storytelling, Jon Krisel’s stunning visuals and the brilliant performances of Jay Baruchel, Eric André and the rest of the cast that has made Man Seeking Woman one of the best new comedies on television.”
Creator Simon Rich said, “Working on Man Seeking Woman has been the creative highlight of my life. FXX gave us the freedom to make the show we love and they let us build some truly disgusting monsters. I’m so grateful to John Landgraf and his team for believing in us and I can’t wait to get back to work.”
A sweet and absurd look at the surreal life-and-death stakes of dating, Man Seeking Woman stars Jay Baruchel as “Josh Greenberg,” a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. The cast also includes series regulars Eric André, Britt Lower and Maya Erskine. Man Seeking Woman was created by Simon Rich based on his book of short stories, The Last Girlfriend on Earth. Rich serves as Showrunner and Executive Producer along with Jonathan Krisel, Lorne Michaels and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer. Man Seeking Woman is produced by FX Productions.
The first season of Man Seeking Woman has drawn rave reviews from critics:
· “TV’s Best New Comedy” – Rolling Stone
· “TV’s Smartest New Comedy… . sharp writing, acute cultural commentary, gleeful weirdness, and sheer creative balls” – Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast
· “It’s unlike almost anything else on TV” – Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe
· “An absurdly funny and welcome addition to a TV landscape full of comedies that try too hard to be hip… . definitely seek it out” – Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter
Man Seeking Woman, currently airing its first, 10-episode season, is the first original comedy series developed for FXX, joining the network’s hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, fan favorite The League and the acclaimed new comedy series You’re The Worst, which has been picked up for a second season to debut this later this year.
In Live+7 to date, the first season of Man Seeking Woman is averaging 254,000 Adults 18-34 and 353,000 Adults 18-49 (through five episodes). MSW ranks #3 in Men 18-34 and #4 in Men 18-49 among the nine new scripted series launched on cable in 2015 to date. The show’s median age is 32, on par with the median age of FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (30) and The League (31).
Season 1 of Man Seeking Woman will feature three more episodes. In the next episode, Episode 8, “Branzino” (Airs March 4, 10:30 PM E/P), Josh is convinced that he’s finally found his soul mate. Written by Dan Mirk and directed by Tim Kirkby.
FXX is the new basic cable entertainment network from FX Networks which launched on September 2, 2013. Geared towards a young adult audience, the schedule features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, You’re the Worst, Man Seeking Woman and the upcoming The Untitled Tracy Morgan Project (TBD). FXX is also the exclusive cable home to The Simpsons, the longest-running comedy in TV history. FXX is carried in more than 77 million homes. FXX and its sister channels FX and FXM comprise FX Networks, a business unit of 21 Century Fox.
About FX Productions
FX Productions (FXP) produces FX’s newest acclaimed hit drama series The Strain; the comedy series Louie, Archer, Married and the upcoming Baskets, and the FXX comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, You’re the Worst, Man Seeking Woman and the upcoming comedy The Untitled Tracy Morgan Project (TBD). FXP co-produces the drama series Justified, The Americans, Tyrant and the upcoming Taboo; the miniseries Fargo, which scored 18 Emmy(R) Award nominations and won the Emmy award for Outstanding Miniseries; the upcoming miniseries American Crime Story; and the comedies The Comedians and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. In 2014, FXP shows combined to deliver 28 Emmy Award nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Miniseries, and Outstanding Animated Program.
What do you think? Do you like the Man Seeking Woman series? Is it a better show than the ratings would seem to indicate? Would you have cancelled or renewed this series?