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Mike & Molly: Big New TV Show; Cancel or Keep It?

Mike & MollyLast May, CBS announced a bold move, to take their hit The Big Bang Theory off of the Monday night schedule and shift it to Thursdays, to take on NBC’s traditional night of comedy. In its place, the programmers put another show co-created by Chuck Lorre, the creator of Two and a Half Men. On paper, it sounds like a brilliant move. Now that the Mike & Molly’s premiered, how do things look?

Mike & Molly follows Officer Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) and Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy), a fourth grade teacher. They meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting and soon fall for one another. Others in the cast are Reno Wilson, Nyambi Nyambi, Katy Mixon, and Swoosie Kurtz.

The new sitcom debuted to a 3.9 rating in the prized 18-49 demographic and 12.2 million total viewers. That was enough to tie with NBC’s The Event for second place in the demo and have the second most number of viewers.

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Historically, the CBS sitcoms who get the post-Two and a Half Men timeslot have done very well. CBS has high expectations however and has ended up cancelling several sitcoms that performed okay on this night. While the sitcom has good initial numbers, it’s not a positive sign that Mike & Molly lost 20% of the lead-in’s demo audience. Last year, Big Bang Theory was building on the lead-in and frequently outperformed Men in the demo.

There was a loss of about 7% of the audience midway through the Mike & Molly first episode so its seems likely those people won’t be back next week. It remains to be seen how many people will. This is a show whose fate will likely be decided over the next several weeks. Right now, things could go either way. Some critics and viewers have wondered how long it will be before the show runs out of material.

What do you think? Is Mike & Molly worth watching? Did you find the fat jokes offensive? Would you cancel or keep it?

 

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Jacqui July 28, 2014 at 10:55 am

I love love love this show pls keep on bringing it bk
It’s the funniest show I’ve seen in a long time xx

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Judy October 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

I love Mike and Molly, I sure hope they keep it around. I loved the fat jokes. It is a hilarious show.

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Ann Troy October 10, 2013 at 10:17 am

PLEASE KEEP MIKE & MOLLY.Monday night is not the same without

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Mark A October 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I hated missing a show!! I was rolling on the floor coughing and choking LAUGHING MY BUTT OFF at this show. It was one of my all time favorite shows!!!!

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mary September 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm

i love mike and molly. when i couldnt be home to see it i would record it so i wouldnt miss it. i think it is way better than two and a half men. which i do not even watch any more. sure hope they put the show on again. love it

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Gloria O'Connor September 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

My husband and I love Mike & Molly and we really miss it. It was the only sitcom we watched. Some of the others, 2 Broke Girls for example, are just plain stupid and degrading. Please bring Mike & Molly back. We love the other actors & actresses on the show also.

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jrachford September 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

MY husband and I look forward to Mike & Molly every week–PLEASE dont cancel it. It is hilarios. LOVE LOVE IT. Not much on TV that makes you laugh!!!!

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MWatts September 19, 2013 at 9:31 am

Please keep Mike and Molly on T.V. My whole family loves this show. It so funny. We have really missed it please bring it back on.

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