For the past two years, Septembers have been lucky months for the cast and crew of The Bill Engvall Show; their show has gotten renewed. This year, not so much. After three seasons, TBS has decided to pass on ordering another round of episodes.
The Bill Engvall Show follows the life of Bill Pearson (Engvall), a family counselor who sometimes has a hard time understanding his own family. He’s married to Susan (Nancy Travis) and together, they try to raise their three kids as best they can. The rest of the cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Graham Patrick Martin, Skyler Gisondo, Tim Meadows, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Cynthia Watros.
The sitcom debuted in July of 2007. The premiere attracted 3.85 million viewers, making it the third most-watched sitcom telecast in ad-supported cable history. According to TBS, the 10 episode season was regular cable’s highest-rated sitcom for adults 25-54. A second season was ordered in September 2007.
Season two kicked off in June of 2008 and the 10 episodes averaged 2.3 million viewers. TBS renewed Engvall for a third season in September 2008 and Michael Wright, a senior VP for TBS, said, “Their dedication to continually growing the show is evident in the work, and we look forward to a new season of even funnier episodes.”
Season three launched this past July 18th and concluded on September 5th. TBS moved the show to Saturdays and wasn’t crowing about the sitcom’s ratings this time around. They’ve now decided to cancel the program, siting a decline in ratings as the reason.
In an email, a TBS representative told AccessAtlanta, “TBS has cancelled The Bill Engvall Show after three seasons. We had a great experience working with Bill and the cast. Bill is a terrific comic, and we have tremendous respect for him. While the show didn’t attract the audience we need to renew it for another season, we’re proud of the work of everyone involved.”
What do you think? Should The Bill Engvall Show have been cancelled or renewed for a fourth year? Why do you think its ratings fell? The schedule change or something else?