Are You There, Chelsea? follows the life of twenty-something Chelsea (Laura Prepon), an opinionated and unapologetic cocktail waitress. Her life revolves around her work at Jerry’s Ultimate Sports Bar in New Jersey. She’s surrounded by a unique group of friends and co-workers like Rick (Jake McDorman) the handsome bartender, fellow waitress Olivia (Ali Wong), and quick-witted Todd (Mark Povinelli).
Chelsea and best friend Olivia recently moved in with sweet Dee Dee (Lauren Lapkus), Chelsea’s polar opposite. Chelsea’s dad (Lenny Clarke) has both a big personality and a big mouth, and her sister (Chelsea Handler) is a conservative new mom.
The series got off to a stellar start (by NBC standards anyway) on January 11th with a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.18 million total viewers. It was the second-highest rated show in the timeslot — thanks in part to CBS and FOX running repeats — and built on the numbers of its lead-in, Whitney.
In week two, opposite the premiere of American Idol, Chelsea dropped 26% to a 1.7 rating and 4.21 million. This week, the ratings dropped again, by 18% to a 1.4 demo and 3.8 million.
Chelsea began as the second highest-rated scripted series on the network this season. It’s now fallen to seventh place and with ratings like this week’s, it’ll keep falling in the NBC rankings.
It was, of course, expected for Chelsea’s ratings to drop once it started airing opposite Idol. For now, it’s mirroring the ratings that NBC was getting last January with game show Minute to Win It.
At this point, it’s difficult to say if Chelsea will survive to see a second season or not. If the sitcom can maintain its current ratings for the next nine episodes, it should be fine. If it keeps dropping, there doesn’t seem to be much reason for NBC to keep it around.
But, wat do you think? Is Are You There, Chelsea? a show that you like watching? Should it be renewed or should it be cancelled instead?
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