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Perfect Couples: NBC Sitcom Officially Cancelled, No Season Two

Perfect Couples canceled season twoNBC pulled low-rated sitcom Perfect Couples last month after running 11 of the 13 produced episodes. Now, they’ve officially cancelled it.

Perfect Couples follows the lives of a trio of young couples. Dave (Kyle Bornheimer) and Julia (Christine Woods) are the “everyday couple,” who are messed up in all the “normal” ways. Vance (David Walton) and Amy (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) are the high-passion, high-drama pair. Rex (Hayes MacArthur) is a reformed party guy and Leigh (Olivia Munn) is a self-anointed relationship guru who considers it her duty to mold the others in their image.

The NBC sitcom was given a sneak peak back in December and that generated a terrible 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.56 million viewers. A month later, the second episode brought a much-better-but-still-mediocre 2.1 rating and 4.15 million. Most apparently didn’t like what they saw since the numbers quickly started falling and the final episodes fell as low as a 1.0 rating in the demo.

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Perfect Couples ended up averaging a 1.4 demo rating and only 3.07 million viewers. It was one of the lowest-rated series on the network but still ended up besting the show that replaced it, The Paul Reiser Show.

TV show supportThe Reiser program was quickly cancelled and now Perfect Couples is joining it in television heaven.

There are two episodes of Perfect Couples left unaired and NBC hasn’t indicated any plans to air them. If you’re a regular viewer, you have already seen the last episode produced. That ran on April 7th and is titled “Perfect Wedding.”

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear there won’t be a second season of Perfect Couples go? Why do you think it didn’t catch on?

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Jan December 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

The show just finished airing in the UK and I was so disappointed to hear that it won’t be returning for a second season. The sitcom was laugh out loud hilarious, eleven episodes is just too few.


Pete October 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I truly enjoyed the program. I think most people could identify with at least one of the couples. The show just exaggerates what couples would normally go through and do. That and the relationships between and among the couples is what made the show funny.


MAS September 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm

It wasn’t dumb enough for American audiences. This was an excellent show with ‘perfect’ actors.


Diane Meader September 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I loved it. It was probably too smart and well written for network TV. Sell it to a cable channel for those of us who like to think and laugh at the same time.


Sarah ali September 3, 2011 at 10:12 am

Pretty sad about this…loved the show.


Vincent September 1, 2011 at 10:40 am

This so was too funny to be cancelled, whatever went wrong was something that NBC did. Find a new spot in the line up market it more. It could have lasted a long time with tons of writing material.


Jim June 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I don’t usually get attached to a sitcom (unless it is Seinfeld), but I can say that Perfect Couples was really an extraordinary show. The writing, acting, and editing were all Perfect.
Kyle Bornheimer, who was also on Worst Week (which I liked as well) was terrific.
This is one of those shows that, even if the ratings weren’t great, they should hold onto because it will catch on. Weren’t Cheers and Dick Van Dyke Show like that too?

This is really a loss for TV and shows how some executives are able to do their own colonoscopy.


Kari June 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm

this show was great…really funny and if the show got a chance I am sure it would get better ratings…..its was a fresh show and related well with real couples…..please bring back!


JPK May 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Bummer! It became the best sitcom on tv! We’ve watched each episode no less than 4x each.


kelly May 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Agreed Perfect couples became one of my favorites too!!! They definitely weren’t reaching out to the right audience because I think this should would have been loved by many – such a great show! So sad to see it go so quickly :(


David May 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

Very sad. The first several episodes were pretty weak, but I stayed with it for the characters. Around episode 4 the writing really picked up. It honestly became one of my favorites. Sad to see it go.


Mike May 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Pretty sad. I really liked this show


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