CBS has had great success in the ratings with several of their sitcoms. The Big Bang Theory continues to be one of the highest-rated shows on television. However, the network doesn’t seem to have much sympathy for comedies that can’t pull their weight. How is Life in Pieces performing? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
Life in Pieces revolves around four branches of the Short family tree and their sometimes awkward, funny, and touching milestones. The cast includes James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, Thomas Sadoski, Angelique Cabral, Colin Hanks, Zoe Lister-Jones, Niall Cunningham, Betsy Brandt, and Dan Bakkedahl.
The series debuted on September 21st and attracted a very healthy 2.63 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 11.28 million viewers. Episode two dropped more than 22%, to a 1.94 in the demo with 8.71 million. It continued to air on Monday nights for a few more weeks and then moved to its permanent timeslot on Thursdays at 8:30pm.
The series has continued to be a steady performer for CBS and is averaging a 2.03 in the demo with 8.83 million viewers. Life in Pieces has likely benefited quite a bit by having high-rated The Big Bang Theory as a lead-in. However, it should be noted that this sitcom holds up pretty well in the ratings even when preceded by a Big Bang Theory rerun.
CBS head Les Moonves recently said that he expects five of the network’s freshman shows for second seasons. Many of the network’s sitcoms have been around for quite awhile so the CBS execs knows they need to nurture new series. While Life in Pieces wasn’t one of the 11 CBS shows that were renewed earlier this month, I expect it to be renewed for a second season.
But, what do you think? Do you like the Life in Pieces TV show on CBS? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a second season?