Despite being on the cancellation bubble once again, CBS is sticking with Life in Pieces. The network has renewed the Thursday night TV show for a fourth season.
The single-camera comedy follows four branches of the Short family tree. Although they’re a big happy clan, that doesn’t mean there are no awkward moments amidst their funny and moving milestones. The cast includes Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister-Jones, Colin Hanks, Angelique Cabral, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahl, Niall Cunningham, Holly J. Barrett, Giselle Eisenberg, and Hunter King.
A Look at the Ratings:
Unlike most series whose ratings have seen declines, total viewer numbers have actually increased for Life in Pieces during its third season. The season is averaging a 1.12 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.56 million viewers.
Last year, the CBS sitcom averaged a 1.26 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.12 million viewers. That’s an 11% decline in the demo but an increase of 7% in viewership this year.
While the ratings are positive, CBS doesn’t own the show so the network had to once again hammer out a deal with producing studio 20th Century Fox Television.
All told, today CBS cancelled two TV shows: Superior Donuts and Scorpion. The network also renewed five series: Criminal Minds (season 14); Man With a Plan (season three); Life in Pieces (season four); Instinct (season two); and Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (season two).
What do you think? Do you watch Life in Pieces? Are you glad the comedy is coming back for a fourth season? Would you have been upset if the show had been cancelled?