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Outsourced: NBC’s New Sitcom Angers; Cancel or Keep It?

OutsourcedIt’s not often that a new show gets some people so angry before it even airs but NBC’s new TV show, Outsourced, certainly rubs some people the wrong way. Did that hurt the ratings? Will it be quickly cancelled or become a long-term staple of NBC’s Thursday night line-up?

Outsourced follows a US sales manager, Todd Dempsey (Ben Rappaport), who’s assigned to supervise his company’s call center in India. The new sitcom also stars Anisha Nagarajan, Diedrich Bader, Parvesh Cheena, Pippa Black, Rebecca Hazelwood, Rizwan Manji, and Sacha Dhawan.

Some people have expressed resentment over the show’s theme, especially considering this country’s struggling economy and unemployment problem. Others maintain that the show’s intent is to show how offices are the same, regardless of where they’re located.

What do you think of Outsourced?

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In its first week on the air, Outsourced attracted a 3.6 in the 18-49 demographic and 7.49 million total viewers. For the timeslot, it ranked in third place in total viewers but was second in the demo, where the numbers really count.

On the downside, Outsourced lost about 20% of its Office lead-in audience in the demo and 12% in total viewers. Also, about 15% of its audience tuned out midway through the episode. Those people gave it a try and probably won’t be back next week.

New shows typically lose about 15% in week two so we’ll have to wait and see how this one’s ratings hold up. For now, things look good for Outsourced.

What do you think? Did you give it a try? Were you offended by Outsourced? Was it different than you expected? Cancel or keep it?

 

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nofoldems May 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

The only problem with this show is that it airs late…too late to get a decent viewership. I think it’s prime-time worthy. It’s a gem of comedy. Hope they move it to a better time and keep it running.

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Seini May 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm

plis keep it…so funny….lol….

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Thilina Jayasundera May 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Please don’t stop this show… we love outsourced…!!! this is the best show ever…!!!
we can’t wait till the second season starts… please don’t stop this….

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Roy April 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm

One of the best shows ever!

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TonyS April 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Great show, cancelling this will be a sad comment on American tastes and so-called political correctness.

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Krysti April 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I LOVE Outsourced!!! I look forward to this show every week. I’m not sure where it was last week, but I really hope it sticks around.

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Mary Ann April 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

‘Outsourced’ is hilarious — really hoping it stays on a long time. Have loved the show and the endearing cast since the first episode!

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Anonymous April 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

Brilliant comedy!!! Because the show was moved to 10:30 PM I now watch it on the internet anytime I want. PLEASE keep this show. It’s one of two shows I like on NBC.

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lana April 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

i love this show.. new concept, fast paced, funny and fun characters and unpredictable.. i have a blast every episode keep it coming!

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Robert Johnson April 9, 2011 at 12:27 am

Fast-paced, hilarious, colorful, unusual – she’s a keeper!

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Rajan R. April 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Hilarious show! Pls keep it.

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Ed K March 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Outsourced ias superior to any of the comedies that precede it on thursday night Including the Office!
It actually makes you laugh out loud; the premeise shouldnt offend anyone. wakeup america whether you like it or not this is a common occurrence; the show treats that “outsourced” office with respect and sarcasm. great collection of actors and characters make this a comedy that should be allowed to get its footing…..
Best show of the new season

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Randy March 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm

It is the funniest show in years. Keep it on and give it a better time slot!

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Angela March 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

Outsourced is one of the funniest shows ever!!! My husband and I love, please don’t cancel the show

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Anonymous March 26, 2011 at 8:31 am

SUCH a good show! I spent some time in India last winter and was hooked on this song Khabie Khabie Aditi and two episodes ago they played it on the show! I really appreciate their attention to detail.

It would be such a shame if they cancelled the show .

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