Hopefully you weren’t waiting for a second season of the Benched sitcom. USA Network has cancelled the TV show after one season of 12 episodes.
On Benched, a high-powered corporate lawyer (Eliza Coupe) experiences a fall from grace and lands in the rough and tumble world of public defenders. The series also stars Jay Harrington, Oscar Nunez, Maria Bamford, Jolene Purdy, and Carter MacIntyre.
The series debuted in October 2014 to a disappointing 877,000 viewers with a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The ratings for subsequent episodes were both a little better and a little worse but were basically the same.
The season ended up averaging 830,000 viewers and a 0.3 in the demo. It was the least-watched scripted series on USA and Benched tied Covert Affairs (also cancelled) for the lowest demo rating.
Sitcom Playing House had just slightly better ratings but was renewed. According to Deadline, it did well in DVR and VOD viewing so USA decided to bring it back under a different VOD business model. Benched isn’t getting the same second chance.
The final two episodes of Benched aired on December 30th.
What do you think? Did you like the Benched TV show? Do you think that it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?