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Traffic Light: A New FOX Sitcom; Cancel or Keep It?

Traffic Light cancel or keep?FOX hasn’t hit a home run with a half-hour sitcom in years. Even though Raising Hope’s already been renewed for a second season, it’s hardly a big success. Running Wilde didn’t even get to air all 13 episodes before it was cancelled. Will FOX have better luck with Traffic Light?

Traffic Light follows the changing lives of five thirty-somethings. Mike (David Denman), Adam (Nelson Franklin), and Ethan (Kris Marshall) have been friends since college and have seen each other through both highs and lows. They now find themselves in different places in their lives. Mike’s a lawyer who’s married to Lisa (Liza Lapira) and they have a young child together. He’s trying to carve out a little space for himself. Adam recently moved in with his girlfriend, Callie (Aya Cash), and is discovering how this change impacts his life. Meanwhile, Ethan is the perpetual bachelor who loves women is only committed to his pet bulldog, Carl.

The sitcom debuted on February 8th to a disappointing 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.59 million viewers. The next week, the show’s ratings dropped by 36% in the demo to a 1.4 and 3.49 million viewers. In week three, they popped back up a bit, to a still-disappointing 1.6 in the demo and 3.99 million viewers.

For the fourth showing, FOX gave Traffic Light a special timeslot, leading out of a 90 minute edition of American Idol. With that great lead-in, the sitcom scored a 2.8 rating and 7.32 million viewers. That was a much more positive sampling and FOX was surely hoping that more viewers would then tune in on the following Tuesday night. They didn’t. Last week’s episode attracted a 1.5 demo rating and 3.82 million viewers.

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Thus far, Traffic Light is averaging a 1.8 rating in the demo and 4.64 million viewers — essentially tied with Fringe, one of the lowest-rated scripted series on the network. If you remove the special post-American Idol ratings from Traffic Light’s average, the sitcom falls to a 1.6 in the demo, matching the average of now-cancelled Running Wilde. That’s terrible.

It’s inconceivable that FOX would renew Traffic Light for another season. What’s more, at some point they may start replacing Traffic Light with something else. Will FOX air the eight remaining episodes? We’ll have to wait and see.

But, what do you think? Is Traffic Light worth watching? Is it funny? Would you keep it or just cancel it now?

 

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Gabbi Miller July 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I love Traffic Light. I think it is very funny and I would be very sad if they canceled it completely.

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verne June 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Based on a ture story.
Reality show are an accident, like chocolate and peanut butter is.
Here how the REALITY story goes;
They were two twin brothers at the same Network. Brother Ned, (was the Network Executor). Brother Ted ( was the Executive Producer of prime time series show). Ned told Ted that the network was going to cancel Ted’s series show. Ted went home where his mom, dad and his crack head son, Ron all lived together in Ted’s mansion. Ted enter the room where his dad was watching his favorite show,” Wrestling”. Ted explain to his dad, that Ned was canceling his show because of the ratings. Next, Ted entered his 30 year old sons room. Ron the son was watching his Favorite show, “Jack Ass”. Ted explained to Ron his son, they were all going to have to cut back some. He informed Ron, that his Dad series show has failed the Nielsen rating’s system of age (18-49) live watchers . Ted eplained that this system is like holly ream of the networks ratings system. Now people have new technology in their home’s and it is reeking havoc in the networks rating’s system. The popularity of DVR’S cell phone etc. Ted tells his son, Ron: It has taken away our live watchers and networks can’t afford to pay writers and actors anymore. Ron the son asked; why can’t they just find another system that will work with the new technology and get rid of the live watchers system?. Ted told his son, Ron, they can’t change this rating system because this, rating system, was here before time itself. Ron the son, was trying help his dad, Ron stated: maybe the networks might bring in more live watchers by just filling up a house with people for 6 weeks and then have the “live people” vote two of these people off a week. Ted didn’t want to hurt his son’s feelings but Ted, thought it was dumbest thing he ever heard of. As the days went by, Ted was so worried. Ted thought about what his son and dad’s favorite shows were. Thinking how production of these type of entertainment were sooo cheap. Ted was thinking maybe his son Ron might have something. Ted present his brother Ned with his presentation of a brand new concept of a low budget shows. Ted told Ned his theory of combining Wrestling and Jack Ass shows together and see how many stupid things they could get these people to do. Then edit these shows for drama and have live watchers vote two irritating people off a week!!!
Telling Ned, they could keep combining, the theory of Wrestling and Jack Ass then
they could re-event many Reality show with keeping these two concept, in mind.
By calling it reality it be easy to targeting those people
whom don’t realize they are watching a scripted show.
Then we could slowly wean off the higher price series show, by pitting a new series aginst one of the older popular series show like, “House” and Two and Half Men. He informed Ned let the Nielsen rating’s system do its work. Most of the new series want make it passed 20 episode. Ted assuring Ned they wouldn’t hardy be any series show left by 2012. Series show will be, pretty well wiped off the Networks.
The Networks Happy Ending
That is how Reality was born.The Networks saw how many people would succumb to dumb.
cha ching. cha ching Now, Dad, Ted, Ned, Mom and Ron are living high on a hog.
That’s how come dumb is coming to your set, soon.

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Anonymous May 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

This show is amazing. I can’t believe how much it mirrors my life. The writing is genius, and i’ve loved every episode.

Fox has another arrested development on their hands. Don’t cancel this show. it is comic genius. Instead, FOX should take out advertising during Modern family, advertise that once modern family os over everyone should switch to FOX for Traffic Light, and air Traffic light during cougar town. no one watches that show, anyway.

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Linzi Long May 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

One can never underestimate the awful taste of the general American public and the cooperate execs who cater to them: enough with the reality TV. Who up in Fox’s boardroom decides to cancel one of their only shows with the potential match ABC’s Modern Family and NBC’s Parks and Rec? Bravo for your myopia.

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Jason May 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

This show was the funniest thing on tv next to Modern Family. It was just in a bad time slot. I admit I never watched it when it was on but always did online the next day. They said the lead ins by Glee and American Idol should have made it more popular. Really? The teens that watch those shows aren’t going to watch a show about couples in their 30′s.

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Matthew May 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I think the show is funny however, there is one MAJOR issue that keeps bothering me. Why does this show pretend like it takes place in Chicago? They drive around with Illinois plates along with the current City Parking Sticker on the car, and expect to convince the audience that this show takes place in Chicago. Its rather annoying!!!! The show is obviously filmed in LA, and does not portray Chicago in ANY manor. At least highlight a few Chicago landmarks to convince us better. What a let down!!

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Michael May 3, 2011 at 5:51 am

I think the show is great. The dymanics between the best friends reminds me of my best friends for the past decade and I love the flow of the show.

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Arika May 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I love this show! The idea is not very original, but the hilarious jokes and fantastic acting make up for that. I can’t believe that the ratings for the show are so low; i would think that once someone saw the first commercial they would be hooked like i am. Please renew this show for, at least, one more season. It is too good to be dropped!

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Maddie April 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I love “Traffic Light!” First-season sitcoms don’t usually appeal to me but I think the writing is excellent and I love the character dynamics–I really hope they renew it, or at least let the episodes play. I’m sad to hear that the viewing numbers are so low, but what about online viewing? My friends and I only ever watch it online–I’d hate to think the new trend of online tv is ruining the tv ratings of worthy shows…

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Rich April 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

Love this show! With all the junk out there, this witty, fun and realistic comedy with likable characters is refreshing and hysterical. I’m down to 4 comedies that my wife and I enjoy – How I Met Your Mother, Raising Hope, Big Bang Theory and Traffic

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Chris April 17, 2011 at 1:20 am

Like “Carpoolers” a few years ago, this is a funny and promising sitcom that has a terrible lead-in. “Raising Hope” isn’t as bad as “Cavemen,” but it’s pretty bad. I hope “Traffic Light” won’t get cancelled — I assume it will be — and I just hope Fox airs all the episodes before pulling the plug.

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Dawson April 14, 2011 at 10:48 am

I really like this show, I dont know what is with all the negativity. like they said above, i think people wont give it a chance. fox wants to bring a show out and cancel it after a couple months then ill just watch nbc. office, parks and rec, and 30 rock are way better than any fox garbage. i hate when you give a show a chance, you like it, then they drop it to make another reality show. KEEP TRAFFIC LIGHTS! it just needs better promotion

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C Schmidt April 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I love this show! It’s hilarious and real! I love the characters and completely relate!

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Ron Jon April 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Unwatchable. Trite and cliched. I think they need more than one writer.

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Sean April 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I think this show is extremely funny. I hope to see the next 8 episodes as well. I also like the fringe series. I guess they will cancel both of them and then I will just watch HBO. I think that people just have not given them a chance. The show and the characters are very easy to relate to. It will be a shame to cancel what is obviously a hit!!!!!

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