CBS is stepping in to try to right the Monday ship, which has been destabilized by lackluster performances from most of the network’s new shows. For starters, flailing freshman We Are Men is being pulled after two airings. The half-hour vacancy will be filled by Mike & Molly, which will rejoin the Monday lineup on November 4, anchoring the second hour at 9 PM with its fourth season. The slot’s current occupant, 2 Broke Girls, will slide to 8:30 PM, replacing Men, as of next Monday, with two repeats of The Big Bang Theory and another program airing at 9 PM until Mike & Molly comes on. For now, there are no changes planned at 10 PM where new drama Hostages has flopped, dropping to a 1.2 Live+Same Day rating in its third airing this week. The network brass want to wait for Live+7 numbers on the heavily serialized drama — it received a 50% Live+3 lift in Premiere Week (that dropped to 40% in Week 2) — before making a decision. Additionally, they want to see if improving the 8-10 PM portion of the Monday lineup would help Hostages in any way. The single-camera We Are Men simply didn’t work. CBS put it behind How I Met Your Mother because of pilot testing that showed Men had a younger skew similar to HIMYM and because the network felt it had a similar sensibility, coming from HIMYM veteran Rob Greenberg. But HIMYM‘s viewers did not embrace Men, with the newbie not getting any traction and most recently posting a 1.8 18-49 rating vs. 3.1 for its lead-in. It also was disrupting the CBS comedy flow. Meanwhile, 2 Broke Girls has not been a strong 9 PM anchor. Now the network is putting the raunchy sitcom back where it broke out in a big way in Season 1, behind HIMYM, to give it a boost. Meanwhile, CBS was happy with how 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly paired up last season, especially in the spring. Finally, Mike & Molly and Mom both come from Chuck Lorre, so the hope is that the two shows would be compatible and help Mom grow behind Mike & Molly. We Are Men is the second casualty so far this season, joining new ABC drama Lucky 7. It is unclear whether Men will complete its 13-episode order and what the fate of the unaired episodes will be.
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