FOX’s only new traditional sitcom of the season, Brothers, has been performing poorly in the ratings, even for a Friday night. Now it appears that FOX is finished with it.
Brothers revolves around a former NFL superstar (Michael Strahan) who finds himself with an empty bank account and heads back to his old hometown. He must make peace and work with his newly-paraplegic brother (Daryl “Chill” Mitchell) who runs a struggling restaurant. The series also stars Carl Weathers, CCH Pounder, and Colton Dunn.
On September 25th, Brothers debuted to a disappointing 2.82 million viewers and a paltry 1.0/4 in the 18-49 demographic. The numbers have gotten even worse as the weeks have progressed. The network recently started rerunning episodes on Sunday nights in hopes of finding an audience for the show. It hasn’t helped.
FOX recently announced that they were bumping low-rated Brothers, ‘Til Death, and Dollhouse from the Friday schedule for the duration of the November sweeps period.
Repeat episodes of Brothers will however continue to air on Sunday nights. Original episodes will be quietly burned off on November 8th, November 22nd, and December 13th. On December 27th, FOX will air two installments. After that, Brothers is off the schedule and the timeslot will be filled by ‘Til Death.
Though FOX hasn’t officially said that they’re cancelling the sitcom, they aren’t ordering any more episodes either. They’ve dubbed the second installment on December 27th as the “season finale,” meaning that it won’t be back this season. Considering the terrible ratings, the network is highly unlikely to order a second round.
So, it looks certain that Brothers has been quietly cancelled. The question is, will many people notice?
What do you think? Is Brothers gone for good? Are you sorry to see it go?
i love this show i have a dvr and i would record it every time it came on it made me laugh out loud when ever i was feeling down or sad it made me feel better every time… the only problem was when it was time for it to come on, the football game would play in its place witch would upset me. i would wait for it to come on to the last min. of the show till it was done i couldnt enjoy it like the way i used to becaues of the football game took most… Read more »
All these dumb reality shows, all these shows that exploits sex like it’s candy, and then you have a style of comedy that haven’t been seen since the early 90’s and it gets pulled because nowadays people are into the raunchy stuff. I use to be glued to my television because of all the good shows that use to come on. Now, I barely watch TV anymore because of the tastelessness that’s becoming so popular that shows like Brothers didn’t even stand a chance. They wanted this show to fail because of the day and time it was aired. If… Read more »
I hated this show, it was un-origional, and was anything BUT funny. I agree that Fox needs new management, but this show only serves as an example of that. Fox’s best show was and will always be, Married with Children…but they didn’t even get a last show, or episode, they just cancelled it out and that was it. This show….well look at the network, did it really have a chance anyway? I look for GLEE to graduate to the floor after next season, if it makes it to the end of next year….lol, the Dollhouse effect. Just do what i… Read more »
This is awful. I loved Brothers. FOX never gave it a chance… the 7-8pm timeslot on Sundays is constantly being pre-empted by sports events. This is an awful way to treat a show, and it’s next to impossible to get an audience when you can’t count on your show being there every week. Then, FOX moved it to Friday nights… which makes it even harder to get a fanbase when you don’t know when the program will be on. I’m so sick of programs like Brothers getting the shaft and crap like Til Death get chance after chance to fail.… Read more »
This isn’t the best show I’ve seen on tv, but right now it is one of the funniest. I’m 44 and have a teenage son. We would watch the show together. I laugh out loud at this show. I love the set, the actors are funny and there hasn’t been another show around like it. PLEASE bring this show back. Comedies are few and far betwen these days. Leave it on Sundays at 8pm, give it a chance and I’m sure the viewers will come. When you the watch the show, you don’t have to ask yourself, “Is this episode… Read more »
We love this show, how can it be cancelled? Our whole family would sit down and watch it together. I really hope Fox reconsiders!
One glaring revelation of this show: Carl Weathers—formerly hailed as a strong and charismatic dramatic actor who clearly hasn’t received his due—is a warm, funny, and charming actor capable of garnering authentic guffaws and undoubtedly would be a feather in the cap of any sitcom or romcom. The man is an all-around talent who deserves big billing in bigger movies and at the very least would be the perfect choice as one of the leads on the upcoming L.A. Law & Order.
Well no wonder fox is hurting and wants to raise it’s prices. I’m one less viewer.
Man this show was terrible. It just ruined any shot of Apollo Creed getting his own spinoff .
I hope some other network is smart enough to snap it up!!!
this is a followup to my first, comment about why fox well we think they have giving up on the show, if we relly think back to fox having a hit sitcom, which fox had never been able to enjoy,,, and why is that, not sure but the network have always put show on that were, border line,, doing show that have always been differrent from the other networks,,, which at first i agreed with up until now,,, in terms of fox having a hit sitcom on the air, it seems far,,, it like mgm, over the years never, coming… Read more »
I loved this show! Fox needs to give it more time to find its audience.
I LOVE this show. It is one of the funniest sitcoms i’ve seen in awhile. Keep Michael on!
WOW!. I loved this show . I jus hate that every time it was suppose to be on there was a football game or post foot ball game show always on in its place. I think fox put this show on a bad day so that it would fail.
Thats crazy man I loved that show it’s way better than all the other crap on fox. Im sick of all that fringe and bones and stuff only thing really good is house, glee and brothers. and y is it that black sitcoms always get knocked first thats bs i’m telling you.