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Rules of Engagement: CBS Sitcom Renewed for Season Six [report]

Rules of Engagement season sixSomewhere, David Spade is wearing a big smirk. Though it’s not nearly as popular as other CBS sitcoms, the network has reportedly decided to renew Rules of Engagement for a sixth season.

Rules of Engagement revolves around two couples and their single friend as they navigate the challenges of dating, commitment and marriage. Adam (Oliver Hudson) and Jennifer Morgan (Bianca Kajlich) are newly engaged sweethearts and Jeff (Patrick Warburton) and Audrey Bingham (Megyn Price) are the long-married couple. Russell Dunbar (Spade) is their shallow and womanizing friend. While he can’t keep a mate, Russell has an assistant from India, Timmy (Adhir Kalyan), who reluctantly helps solves many of his boss’ problems.

The sitcom started out this season on Monday nights, bridging the gap between How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. CBS then moved it to Thursdays following The Big Bang Theory. Though it had much stronger lead-in support on Thursdays, the ratings have dropped and last week it hit a new series low with a 2.2 demo rating and 7.72 million viewers.

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Still, Rules of Engagement has held up well. CBS ordered 24 episodes this season — nearly double the usual number — and the show has averaged a 2.9 rating in the demo and 8.58 million viewers. That’s just slightly below last season’s 13 episode average.

The show has been on the bubble for renewal and some expected it to be cancelled but it’s now safe for another year. It likely didn’t hurt that CBS is a co-owner of the TV series and another season will help Rules of Engagement’s sales in syndication. There are currently 72 installments and another 13-24 episode season will bring the sitcom closer to the optimum 100 episode mark.

Also, though Two and a Half Men will surely return in some form, CBS doesn’t know how things will work out and it never hurts to have a utility player like Rules as a back-up.

What do you think? Are you glad that Rules of Engagement is coming back for a sixth season? How long should it continue?

 

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mike January 5, 2014 at 12:03 am

Great show people are just noticeing like king of queens took awhile considering two and a half men and big bangs success

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Jeanie April 11, 2013 at 10:45 am

Absolute BEST show ever…Jeff IS my husband to a T!

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Josh Salyer February 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Great show. Replaced two and half men since Charlie sheen left as funniest on tv. Do not cancel 10 seasons plus would be great

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Rick near Oberlin August 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I couldn’t believe this article said that “Rules” isnt “nearly as popular as other CBS sitcoms”. I think that this is one of the best sitcoms on TV period! The chatacters are fantastic and varied. Funny, sexy and outrageous all come togetner in this show making it the funniest show on TV! The writing is creative and original, unlike many shows that have copied the styles of “Friends” and “Seinfeld”. Perhaps the show is just too cerebral for the main stream ‘Fox News is fair and balanced’ set. I hope to be entertained for many more years by this outstanding show.

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Anonymous June 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm

i love the show. it is so funny. please don’t cancel it.

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Ethany Star May 11, 2012 at 11:03 pm

THIS SHOW SHOULD NEVER, EVER, EVER, END.

It is by far the funniest show on t.v. today.

Does that cover it?

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Mary Rossman February 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

When will Rules of Engagement be back on TV we really miss the show. It is really funny!

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admin February 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Mary Rossman ยป Sometime in the spring. CBS show status page

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Ginny January 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm

It’s a great show! My husband really enjoys it, too, and he is hard to please in the sitcom dept.

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Anonymous January 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Love this sitcom & I barely watch TV- brilliantly written.

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