I have learned that CBS has decided not to give a back order to new comedy Partners. The show will be pulled from the schedule immediately, with comedy repeats airing in the Monday 8:30 PM slot for the time being. The news comes on the heels of Partners hitting a series low (1.8 18-49 rating) on Monday while the rest of the CBS Monday series were up or steady. Partners, starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie, has been the weakest link in CBS’ Monday lineup, disrupting the comedy flow and likely hurting new 9 PM tentpole 2 Broke Girls, for which it served as a lead-in. (UPDATE: CBS has released scheduling info for next Monday, with a Two And A Half Men repeat set to air at 8:30 PM. This marks the veteran comedy’s symbolic return to Mondays, where it aired for nine seasons before relocating to Thursdays this fall.)
Even with the series-low 1.8 rating, Partners this week was on par or higher than all new fall comedies on other networks that have received back orders except NBC’s Go On (2.2). But for CBS comedy standards, it fell short.
Partners, from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, was the only new comedy CBS introduced this fall. The network has Friend Me on tap for midseason. CBS would not comment on the situation, but veteran Rules Of Engagement will likely be summoned in to bridge the gap until Friend Me comes on. Of its fall freshman class, CBS has given dramas Elementary and Vegas full-season orders, while Made In Jersey and Partners have been cancelled.
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