The New Adventures of Old Christine is the first show to break the so-called “Seinfeld curse.” The Julia Louis-Dreyfus sitcom debuted on March 13, 2006 and found a home on CBS following extremely popular Two and a Half Men, matching or exceeding Men’s ratings. It averaged 12.5 million viewers for the season.
Christine was renewed for a second year and performed very well earlier this season in the same timeslot. Christine went on hiatus in January to make room for the debut of Rules of Engagement which performed even better in the post-Men slot. Christine returned on March 12th at 8:30pm, once The Class finished its freshman season.
Without the benefit of the Men lead-in, Christine’s ratings have been far more modest. Its return was down 35% from its last post-Men airing in January and viewership has subsequently sunk even lower. Its March numbers have been more in line with those of How I Met Your Mother and The Class, two shows whose future is in jeopardy. All of a sudden, The New Adventures of Old Christine’s future on CBS doesn’t seem quite so secure. Well, how about another network?
In speaking about Christine’s uncertain fate, TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello indicated that ratings challenged NBC is interested in picking up the series should CBS drop it. A show switching networks isn’t a common occurrence but this one would certainly make sense for the peacock network.
This possibility could actually force CBS to renew it, if for no other reason than to keep it out of the hands of the competition. We’ll likely have to wait to find out what happens. It’s likely CBS won’t announce their decision until the network upfronts in mid-May. Stay tuned!