The Neighbors: Should It Be Cancelled or Renewed?

The Neighbors TV show cancel or renew?Last summer, many people thought that The Neighbors sounded ridiculous and believed that it would be one of the first new shows to be cancelled. Well, shows like Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue have come and gone but The Neighbors lasted for a full season. But, will it be back for season two?

The Neighbors follows the Weaver family after they’ve moved into an idyllic gated community in New Jersey. The only problem is that the rest of the suburban residents are actually aliens from the planet Zabvron. They end up staying and the Weavers and the aliens face life’s challenges together and learn from one another along the way.

The sitcom’s cast includes Lenny Venito, Jami Gertz, Clara Mamet, Max Charles, Isabella Cramp, Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye, Ian Patrick, and Tim Jo.

Debuting on September 26th, The Neighbors drew a healthy 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.22 million total viewers. That was a very positive start but, in week two, the numbers dropped 30-40%. That’s an amazingly bad decline.

The ratings went up and down slightly over the course of the season but ultimately ended up trending downward. In mid-March, The Neighbors hit a series low with a meager 1.4 demo rating and just 4.76 million viewers.

With The Middle and Modern Family anchoring their Wednesday night comedy block, ABC has been searching for new ratings hits but they didn’t find one in The Neighbors.

Considering the ratings, it looks highly unlikely that ABC will bring the show back next year. Still, the network typically shows some extra faith in one or two struggling new shows each year so that could help.

What do you think? Do you think The Neighbors should be renewed for a second season? Were you initially skeptical about the series? Did you change your mind?

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  1. Craig in B-field says

    My wife and I enjoy The Neighbors greatly. I ca not think of a show with a more different cast. I also love shows that can make fun of themselves.
    Please renew The Neighbors or we may have to “kill all the bees”.

  2. Molly Collins says

    There are moments in this show that have made me cry with laughter. It is bizarre and sweet. Let’s do it again next year!

  3. Albert Lehmicke says

    I think that the sponsors and producers of The Neighbors need to read the comments posted here. Notice that the viewers who gave negative reviews were usually short tempered and used a lot of profanity. Those who like it seem positive and like family and children.. Question: which viewers are caring for one another, and which hurting?

  4. MeganReynolds says

    This show is great. Kids can watch it, and that is very rare these days. Reminds me of the shows I loved growing up in the 90s. It would be a really BAD idea to cancel this show. It has a great energy, and again, there isn’t enough on TV these days that the whole family can enjoy together.

  5. Deb says

    We loved this show. Don’t get rid of it! There aren’t to many shows that I like. This is one that I look forward to watching.

  6. stacyb139 says

    Please, please, please DO NOT cancel this show!! It’s witty, charming, and just plain fun. I think it just found it’s niche at the end of it’s season. So please give it another try. I LUV little Dick Butkus and Debbie Weaver 😀

  7. Rose Anderson says

    I think this is one of the funniest shows to come on in a long time. No cursing, no sexual improprieties, no disrespect of the parents. Unless I’m missing something this is a clean show, although the concept is outrageous, it’s fun to watch.

  8. lorraine curran says

    i love this show with all the violence on tv–my whole family sits down and adores this show-it’s cute,funny-all the players are cast perfectly-the elder daughter and the alien son are so hot, if yopu want all the gut devouring zombies-you have to give us something fun

  9. betty says

    keep it keep it keep it. It’s funny, refreshing and who really knows who might live next door. You have the full spectrum of cash and characters. This could be the next Big Bang! Push it, advertise, rerun…reach out and grab the non believers.

  10. Maurice says

    Started watching on Hulu Plus an I love this show! What a wonderful cast. SeeigJaie Gertz again and she plays her part perfectly. I pray the network gives this show the chance it deserves and renews it for another year. Put it in a slot that lets it compete with the right shows and it will get the ratings they want.

  11. Lisa says

    We love the show. It’s clean, innocent and delightful. Amber makes the show as a teen girl embarassed betobd belief by her parents and Jackie Joyner on girl’s night was charming. The show needs to stay. It’s a great take on a great premise and how can you not love little Dick Butkus?

  12. Lynette says

    Did not ever see any commercials that made me want to watch but on Hulu Plus I decided to give it a try. OMG I love it and now trying to get others to watch. Keep it and advertise it all summer while showing reruns. I think it will take off like 3rd Rock from the Sun.

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