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The Goode Family: Low Ratings, Shipped to Fridays; Cancel or Keep It?

The Goode FamilyFOX continues to have success with its animated series so ABC has decided to give the genre another try. So, how is The Goode Family faring?

Co-created by King of the Hill’s Mike Judge, The Goode Family is an animated series that revolves around a family that’s obsessed about being “green” and living a politically correct lifestyle. The show stars the voice talent of Judge, David Herman, Nancy Carell, Linda Cardellini, and Brian Doyle Murray.

The series debuted on May 27th to mixed reviews and disappointing ratings. Only 3.93 million people tuned in with a 1.6/5 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. That put the animated premiere in fourth place in total viewers and in third place in the coveted demo. What’s more, the show lost 57% of lead-in Wipeout’s audience.

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For week two, ABC ran a pair of episodes and both performed poorly. Episode two attracted just 3.17 million viewers and a 1.2/4 in the demo. The next installment of Goode Family dropped to a disastrous 2.16 million and a 0.9/3 rating/share. Both were in fourth place in total viewership and in the key demographic.

Even for Summer ratings, these numbers are terrible for a major network. As a result, ABC has pulled the sitcom from Wednesday nights effective immediately. An extra episode of Wipeout will fill in on June 10th. The second season of I Survived a Japanese Game Show will return earlier than planned and will step in to Wednesday nights after that.

ABC is shifting Goode Family and Surviving Suburbia to low-traffic Friday night timeslots. They’ll start airing there beginning June 12th.

Based on its poor showings, it’s impossible to imagine that Goode Family will be asked back for a second season.

But, what do you think? Is Goode Family worth keeping or should it have been cancelled already?

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous July 9, 2009 at 4:34 am

It’s pretty much a joke, too bad ABC can’t pick up KOTH, now THAT’S a show.


Christy July 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

I love it. Finally a show that has something actually funny in it. Unfortunately the media is playing to an average sixth grade intelligence. They are dumbing down to us again.


Daz June 21, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I loved it – but yes, the characters need a bit more development. Or, could it be that people are so brainwashed that they avoided it based on what they heard about it?
Mike Judge is a satirical genius!


DropTheTap June 21, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Regardless of (perceived) political pokings and leanings, I felt it was turgid and somewhat boring. Most unfortunate as I really had high hopes for Judge with this project.


James June 19, 2009 at 8:25 am

I thought it was OK. I think I agree with the first comment: the show could do with more time. Hopefully that will give the writers more opportunity to connect with the characters since at the moment they seem rather unreal.


Right is Right June 18, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Funniest cartoon in a long time. Didn’t depend on fart jokes or pander to the left like every S McF show does now. Too bad the minority screeching wins again.


Matt June 16, 2009 at 11:37 am

this show was so bad. I didn’t laugh once. I know it was supposed to be sort of poking fun at the overly green and environmentally friendly modern day “hippies.” but it was very unsettling that there are actually people like this in real life. It was almost the complete opposite of King of the Hill. While Judge did great with King of the Hill, he’s definately no Seth McFarlane. At least I can count on Seth having great original comedy. Fans try to enjoy The Goode Family while it lasts, because it won’t be on for much longer.


Anonymous June 15, 2009 at 7:06 am

it is not King of the Hill


Che June 13, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Goode Family is great much better than crap like Family Guy and American Dad. I hope Goode goes on for a long time. Speaking of Judge, why are they canceling King ot the hill just so we can get another crappy Seth Macfarlane show: The Cleveland Show.
At least Futurama is returning, that’s one cartoon to look forward too at least. Also the Simpsons which has seen a fair amount of improvement in quality since the switch to HDTV.


Siri June 13, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Really, SadDay and Harry? Nobody’ is watching this show, and you blame “crazy left-wingers”???

It looks to me like “WE Surround YOU” rather than the other way around.

Eat our dust, Glenn Beck, SadDay and Harry!!! :-D


SadDay June 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm

It’s a sad commentary on our society that crazy left-wingers control it so thoroughly that a show that makes fun of them can’t gain footing. That’s a sign of dangerous, dangerous ideological fascism.


Bethany June 12, 2009 at 3:47 am

Maybe the reason that the ratings were so low is that the guide on cable (Comcast in MN at least) said that it would be airing at about 6 different times over the 7 days between the premier and week 2??? Maybe they never intended it to succeed, since they could not get their act together enough to settle on a time slot, and kept listing Surviving the suburbs (it was listed as airing at 8:40 for 2 days, then 8:32, and so on) so anyone who didn’t want to watch that show didn’t tune in to the hour of The Goode Family that actually aired (and just to note at 8 and 8:30 pm CST, not slightly off kilter as the guide stated so often). When the final air date hit it listed the Goode Family as airing for an hour episode, not 2. I think they are trying to make good shows fail these days.


Ed June 11, 2009 at 6:10 am

Maybe ABC will cancel it and FOX will pick it up and show it on Sunday nights instead of American Dad


Harry June 10, 2009 at 6:04 pm

It’s a funny show. Unfortunately, it makes fun of the vast majority of Hollywood types and we all know you can’t do that.


Anonymous June 9, 2009 at 2:03 pm

If ABC has any smarts it will trust Judge’s instincts and allow the show time to develop more. Too many times quality animation is cancelled before the characters have time to develop depth as well as the audience has time to figure them out (The Oblongs, Mission Hill)


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