William Shatner and Henry Winkler have each had very successful TV shows in their careers. They’ve also had shows cancelled after one season. So, how’s Better Late Than Never been doing in the ratings? Could it return for season two on NBC?
On Better Late Than Never, Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman embark on the journey of a lifetime, traveling across Asia on their own, with no schedule and no itinerary. The only help comes from Jeff Dye, a young tech-savvy comedian. He has an agenda of his own and he isn’t above leading the men off track.
The series launched on August 23rd to a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.35 million viewers. It was a positive start in the ratings — in part because it followed NBC’s very popular America’s Got Talent series. The second episode did about the same and the third installment dropped only 6%.
Based on these ratings, it seems very likely that the peacock network would want to order a second season of Better Late Than Never. It’s unclear if the stars would want to make another season or if the cast/locale would change in season two. Regardless, the numbers are very positive so I think we’ll be seeing a second season next summer.
But, what do you think? Do you think Better Late Than Never should be cancelled or renewed for season two? Would you like to see the same cast return, perhaps visiting a different part of the world? How about a new cast?
9/22 update: NBC has renewed Better Late Than Never for a second season. Details here.
Hate this show! It is so contrived and so not funny!
NBC, please renew this show with the same cast. It’s a great show and all the stars interact with each other in very, very funny ways (the herring episode comes to mind) I haven’t laughed this much in a long time.Very emotional times also, (especially with Mr. Shatner in Lithuania and Mr. Winkler in Germany).