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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  1. judy hawkins says

    My husband and I love watching Mike and Molly, we have not been able to find it lately. Sure hope they keep it on, what a great show.

  2. crickett says

    I loved this sitcom when it first started…………..
    I thought it was about a couple that met at a weight loss club and wanting to impress each other would lose the weigh………………..

    Two years later we see two people that have gained 100 pounds each.
    Please, do you think a police department would keep this man on as a person to protect and serve?

    LOL LOL they want to have a baby? HOW? Unless his yohoo is six foot long, it will never happen….

  3. JODEE says

    I LOVE MIKE AND MOLLY—NEVER MISS A SHOW—WATCH IT EVERY WEEK. IT IS SO FUNNY, REAL AND REFRESHING. PLEASE DON’T TAKE IT OFF THE AIR.

  4. says

    Mike & Molly is the funniest sitcom on air right now, I’ve laughed until tears, & cried until laughs. I’d really hate it if this show was canceled. I look so foward in seeing this show (MIKE & MOLLY) every week that I Tivo it. Please, please don’t cancel.

  5. Lori says

    I watched Mike and Molly last night July 24 and it was Catholic bashing unlimited. I found it offensive, turned it off, and will never watch that show again. Bet they wouldn’t do that to the Muslim religion in fear of death threats.

  6. Anonymous says

    I wish they’d cancel it. Dumb jokes, dumb characters, obscene obsession with sex… why anybody would watch it is beyond me, unless, like me, they’re stuck with someone who for some unexplainable reason, actually like it.

  7. Lisa Chastain says

    Mike and Molly is an awful show. It’s not at all funny and it’s only reason for being on tv is because its so politicully correct.

  8. Robin says

    I love Mike and Molly. I laugh just like I do with Two and Half Men. Most of America is overweight, it is what it is…. Great Show. Keep it !

  9. robin lucas says

    I can’t believe you cancelled mike and molly!!! you should have canelled the big bang theory, I don’t get that show but mike and molly was cute show and on top of it melissa mc carthey won an emmy for it.

  10. Maria Elena says

    Please keep the show. It’s a show that my husband, my granddaughter, and I enjoy and can watch together. I love all the characters, especially Carl and Sam; and the grandma. I look forward to Monday nights just to watch Mike and Molly.

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