The Muppets TV show on ABC has been cancelled after its first and only season. It’s still not easy being green, or covered in felt of any color. Season one of The Muppets premiered September 22, 2015 and earned a 2.87 in the 18-49 year old ratings demographic and drew an audience of 9.005 million viewers. The cancellation was expected. Despite the strong premiere numbers, in the first season overall, The Muppets averaged a 1.26 in the demo and brought an average total audience of 4.016 million viewers.
Those averages do not tell the whole story, though. Episode 16 of The Muppets, its first season and series finale, garnered an anemic 0.88 in the demo, with a total audience of just 2.733 million viewers. The show never really recovered after its winter hiatus, between December 8, 2015 and February 2, 2016.
As the latest installment in the Muppets franchise, The Muppets TV series was framed as a mockumentary TV show. The series features the lives of the Muppet crew on Miss Piggy’s Up Late with Miss Piggy TV talk show.
Although Kermit (Steve Whitmire) and Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson) have, shall we say, “consciously uncoupled,” he convinces the reluctant porcine pretty to consent to the “documentary.” Piggy’s head writer is Gonzo (Dave Goelz). Scooter (David Rudman) is her booking agent.
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew (Goelz) runs the props department with Beaker (Whitmire). Sam Eagle (Jacobson) is the head of ABC’s standards and practices.
The Up Late with Miss Piggy TV show band is Electric Mayhem, led by keyboardist Dr. Teeth (Bill Barretta). Floyd Pepper (Matt Vogel) plays bass. Janice (Rudman) is the guitarist. Zoot (Goelz) is the saxophonist. Naturally, Animal (Jacobson) is the drummer.
Kermit’s best friend Fozzie Bear (Jacobson) is a standup comedian. His human girlfriend’s parents are against their relationship. He hopes landing the role of Piggy’s sidekick will improve his standings.
Pepe the King Prawn (Barretta), who was born Pepino Rodrigo Serrano Gonzales in Madrid, is a staff writer working for Gonzo. A new pig, Denise (Julianne Buescher), works in network marketing and is, for a time, Kermit’s new main squeeze. By the finale, “Because…Love,” Kermit and Piggy’s feelings for each other are once again, front and center, but course of true love never did run smooth.
What do you think? Did you watch The Muppets TV series on ABC? Did ABC do right by cancelling it, or should it have renewed The Muppets?