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?