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Working the Engels: Cancel or Keep the New NBC Sitcom?

Working the Engels TV show on NBC: canceled or renewed for season 2?This summer, NBC introduced two new comedies. Welcome to Sweden has already been renewed but what about Working the Engels? Will it also be back for a second season or, will it be cancelled instead?

On Working the Engels, a family of ne’er-do-wells must band together to keep their heads above water when their lawyer patriarch dies and leaves them with a mountain of debt. The cast includes Andrea Martin, Kacey Rohl, Azura Skye, and Benjamin Arthur.

Airing on July 10th, the first episode attracted a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.73 million viewers. It was a disappointing launch to be sure and subsequent episodes have performed even worse. Last week’s episode hit a new low and drew a 0.5 rating with 1.87 million.

Working the Engels is NBC’s second-worst performing series of the summer in the demo (behind Friday night’s all-but-officially cancelled Crossbones) and is the network’s worst performer in total viewership.

Given the terrible ratings, it seems highly unlikely that NBC will bring this series back for a second season. They co-produce Working the Engels with a Canadian company so their costs are lower but it seems like the ratings are too awful to make a renewal worthwhile — even at a reduced cost.

In the past, network execs have cancelled poorly rated shows that have cost them very little to license.

What’s more, it looks like NBC may not even air all 12 episodes from the first season. As of this writing, only two more episodes have been scheduled. That would leave five installments unaired.

But, what do you think? Do you like Working the Engels? Do you think that it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

 

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Dan August 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I enjoy the show very much. Andrea MArtin is a great comedienne and the rest of thecast is very good. Bring it back next summer!

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Frank Conway August 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

I LOVE this show. Andrea Martin is a RIOT!

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Bethany August 15, 2014 at 9:15 am

Oh, and although it seems to be popular with one poster, I never could get through an episode of Surviving Jack, so it is really no loss as far as I am concerned.

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Bethany August 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

I have loved every episode aired (they didn’t air one, because the president had to say a few words, so they pre-empted in my market, just waiting for him to speak. UGH!) Of course, because it is a show that actually makes my whole family sit down together and laugh, I am sure it will be canceled, so have not bothered to get invested in it. It seems to be the way the networks think of things. When a show is actually well written, excellently acted, and directed… those shows get canceled, but we are subjected to yet another “season” of people running around acting stupid on The Amazing Race, or endless hours of other reality tv shows. So as much as I feel this is one of the best shows on tv this year, I am sure I will be watching them burn off the final episodes during some off night, off hour, time slot, just like the rest of the shows that were actually worth watching on this channel (or any network channel) this year.

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Rose August 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

This is one of the funniest shows on right now… Please, please, please keep it. So much funnier than surviving Jack and that Welcome to Sweden one that ‘s already been picked up.

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Jodi Espinosa August 15, 2014 at 12:55 am

We like Working the Engels, but we loved Growing Up Fisher…..it should NOT have been cancelled! Great writing & a great cast. that was a bad move for NBC!!

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Elizabeth & Brian August 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm

A lot of typo’s lol. Sorry about that. NBC PICK UP SURVIVING JACK. FOX MADE A MISTAKE CANCELING THAT SHOW!!! A LOT OF PEOPLE LOVED IT AND COMMENTED ON IT!! Great writing, A LOT of laughs and very entertaining!
CANCEL ENGEL’s

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Elizabeth & Brian August 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm

NBC ought to pick up FOX’s SURVIVING JACK!!!! That was ludicrous to cancel that sitcom. So many people loved. It and have commented on it. It would have you belly laughing! It was great. Unbelievable that they canceled it. So, NBC SHOULD PICK UP THAT SITCOM!!!
As for Engel’s…..BORING & thumbs down
NBC PICK UP FOX’s cancellation mistake of a showSURVOVING JACK!!! YOU WOULDN’T BE DISAPPOINTED.

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