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Mr. Sunshine: Will the Sitcom Be Cancelled or Renewed?

Mr SunshineLast week’s was the last scheduled episode of ABC’s sitcom Mr. Sunshine. Though 13 episodes were produced, ABC only aired nine. Starring Matthew Perry, the series took over the Wednesday night timeslot from Cougar Town, which stars another Friends alum, Courteney Cox. How did Perry’s new series perform? Does it have a sunny future or will it be cancelled before it gets a second season?

Mr. Sunshine revolves around Ben Donovan (Perry), the Manager of Operations at San Diego’s Sunshine Center sports arena. His stressful job isn’t made any easier by his crazy boss (Allison Janney), his sleeping with his marketing director (Andrea Anders), his a crazy new assistant (Portia Doubleday), his best friend (James Lesure) or his boss’ less-than-skilled son (Nate Torrence).

After weeks of promotion, the sitcom started off quite strong with a 3.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.52 million viewers. Unfortunately, the TV series lost 30% of its audience demo in week two, a pretty good indication that many didn’t like what they saw in the pilot. Week three lost another 15%. Future episodes went up and down a bit but week five dropped a whopping 25% and and the demo number dropped another 33% in week eight. That was a series low of a 1.4 rating.

TV show supportThe nine episodes that have aired averaged a 2.2 rating in the demo and 6.02 million viewers. It’s ABC’s lowest-rated sitcom and, had it stayed on the air any longer, the ratings surely would have kept dropping. It sometimes airs opposite American Idol but so do the other ABC sitcoms and they perform much better.

Based on the ratings, it looks fairly certain that ABC will cancel Mr. Sunshine after one season. ABC sometimes gives a second chance to TV series that have struggled but still show promise. Though Mr. Sunshine has an impressive cast, the show’s been on an overall downward trend from the beginning.

At the January TCA press tour, ABC’s president Paul Lee indicated he was interested in scheduling another night of comedy next season. If that happens, they may decide to renew Mr. Sunshine for a small second season and combine the remaining four unaired episodes with the new ones. ABC has done something similar in the past.

What do you think? Will Mr. Sunshine be cancelled or renewed? Would you like to see it return?


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{ 171 comments… read them below or add one }

Majky August 6, 2011 at 12:18 am

amazing! first episode was great! bring it back!!!


Anonymous July 18, 2011 at 4:59 am

I realy like this show there should be voting or something


Sharmila July 15, 2011 at 10:48 pm

LEAVE IT ON!!! This show rocked! I got hooked after the first episode and got my boyfriend hooked on it too! its brilliantly funny and I love matthew perry!


Nadia A. July 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

The show started great and was getting even better. My husband made me record the episodes so he could watch on his day off.
PLEASE bring it back!


Anonymous July 9, 2011 at 11:28 pm

This show was pretty humorous…i enjoyed it…these networks do not give these shows a chance to let the characters evolve….


Mujtaba Zaidi July 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Yes,Love Matthew..Bring it back please!!


tabetha July 5, 2011 at 7:48 am

i love matthew perry and his new show, its hilarious! i would love to see a second season and so on. please dont cancel the series.


AcE June 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I’d love to see this series come back on TV. Perry is AWSOME ;-)


Koowie June 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I would like to give it another chance. I think Matthew Perry is a funny guy though he hasn’t had a big hit since Friends.


Anonymous June 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I liked the cast and enjoyed the show. I hope the series is renewed.


joyce June 13, 2011 at 7:27 am

Hi, I really love Mr sunshine so I hope it will stays on. I watch it every week om Comedy Central in The Netherlands. Joyce


Terri June 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

This show is awesome. It is witty and well-written.

Please bring it back!


Larissa June 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

I love this show… Give it a chance!


Anonymous June 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

leave it on . it was a show that made me laugh for 30 minutes. give it a chance, theres so much garbage on tv its nice to see something fresh.


roe May 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

bring it back. why does a show with good family content and wit always have to be cancelled? i am sick of all the bs reality shows that pretend and exaggerate misery in order to help people feel better about their own problems. we need good down to earth humor in our lives to pick up our spirits and ones that are appropriate for the whole family to watch!


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