TBS's New Original Sitcom 'Men at Work' Scores More than 2.6 Million Viewers

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May 25th, 2012

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TBS's New Original Sitcom Men at Work Scores More than 2.6 Million Viewers
And 1.6 Million Adults 18-49 in Thursday Night Debut

's all-new comedy series Men at Work scored 2,649,000 viewers; 1,630,000 adults 18-49; and 851,000 adults 18-34 in its debut last night, according to cable fast national data. The premiere of Men at Work also drew 14% more adults 18-34 and 7% more adults 18-49 than the prior four weeks of The Big Bang Theory in the Thursday 10 p.m. (ET/PT) timeslot. And it garnered more men 18-34 (395,000) than any previous TBS original sitcom premiere.

TBS's second episode of Men at Work followed at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT), averaging 2,290,000 viewers in Live + Same Day delivery, with 778,000 adults 18-34 and 1,433,000 adults 18-49

Created by Breckin Meyer (Road Trip, TNT’s Franklin & Bash), Men at Work centers on four buddies who work together at a magazine. Danny Masterson (That '70s Show, Yes Man) plays the recently dumped Milo, whose friends are determined to help him get back in the dating game. James Lesure (Las Vegas) is Gibbs, a photographer and successful ladies man. Michael Cassidy (The O.C) plays Tyler, a features writer who brings a dose of style and sophistication to the group. And Adam Busch (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is Neal, a somewhat nerdy ad salesman and the only one in the group with a steady girlfriend (Meredith HagnerRoyal Pains).

Men at Work airs each Thursday at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). Fans can stay up to speed on the latest Men at Work news through the show's website and Twitter:
-  Website: http://www.tbs.com/shows/menatwork
-  Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MenatWorkTBS | #MenatWorkTBS

Men at Work comes to TBS from Sony Pictures Television and Fanfare. The multi-camera comedy is executive-produced by Breckin Meyer, along with Fanfare's Jamie Tarses (Happy Endings, TNT's Franklin & Bash, TBS’s My Boys) and Julia Franz (Scrubs).
About TBS
TBS is basic cable's #1 network among young adults in primetime. Available in 100 million households, TBS features the Emmy®-nominated late-night series CONAN, starring Conan O’Brien, and original primetime comedy series like Men at Work, Sullivan & Son, Cougar Town, Wedding Band, Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse, King of the Nerds (w.t.), Deon Cole's Black Box and Who Gets the Last Laugh? (w.t.). TBS also features an outstanding slate of contemporary comedies, such as The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy, as well as blockbuster movies and championship sports. In addition, TBS produces special live comedy events, like the star-studded comedy festival held each year in Chicago.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

  • JC

    Gotta love spin.

    I think it is great that they got those numbers, but do they really need to trot out beating a rerun of a syndicated rerun to make themselves look good?

  • kyle


  • NBC is awesome

    Show was OK, has potential. Although only half the cast is good(hated the guy who hates sex and the gay guy.)

  • RJ

    Considering Conan can hold only 30% of The Big Bang Theory, its very good. I expected 80% retention from The Big Bang Theory (at best) so for it to actually grow is impressive. It’ll be interesting to see how the series does in the coming weeks. But I give TBS kudos for using the acquistion of The Big Bang Theory to their advantage.

  • really?

    I might have to check this out despite my dislike for Masterson and believing in the idiocy of Scientology.

  • Lane

    I thought it would get terrible ratings good for TBS it’s like USA only for comedy shows.

  • David

    It was going to do some numbers because they promoted it ever second during the playoffs.

  • JSunkist

    I watched both episodes, gave them fair chances, didn’t laugh at anything in the first episode, but had a few laughs in the 2nd. Even so with the promos, this has to me an average feel to it.

  • Sharon

    Sorry, but these guys come off as total…d*uchebags. “Rebound a*s”….? All his buddies acting like jackazzes in the background while he hits on the waitress? Plenty of other stuff makes them look stupid, too. So TBS paints these d*uchebags as “affluent” and “early adopters” and all that crap. So, that automatically qualifies them as someone the audience is obligated admire, right? Great role models, TBS. Irony: I saw the animated commercial, the one that mentions TBS doesn’t put crap on the air, and that TBS doesn’t put, I quote, shows about “Bro’s and Ho’s” on the air (that was actually one of the things mentioned by the animated characters as the “trash” other networks put out). That version of the animated commercial was in rotation for, oh, about 2 days. Apparently, someone realized that they were now putting a “Bro’s and Ho’s” show on the air — Men at Work — and they were calling their own programming trash. That commercial hasn’t aired since.

  • A-Bomb

    TBS seems to be back on track like somebody said before. Men at Work is the perfect fit with BBT and its off to a great start. They should pickup Super Fun Night too and they’ll really be cooking.

    TBS vs. TV Land in the comedy scene for cable.

  • Gustavo

    To be honest:I watched the show:Not expecting much.However i wanted to give it an opportunity.The Result?:I give it 8,5 points.Which is a lot.Well done,wating now for episode 3.

  • Lark

    I watched both episodes (not much else was on) and won’t be back for more. They’re all pretty much jerks. The big telling will be next week: how many folks will return? I predict a 50% dip in ratings.

  • AC75

    Does it have a laugh track?

  • JS

    Without even watching it. I could tell it’s AWFUL. I’d immediately turn the channel- when, I’d often watch TBBT reruns

  • Wiley

    Loved the first two episodes. I don’t laugh much, but I got a kick out of this show. I don’t understand what’s not to like about it. The cast is great, the show is great, well done TBS! Can’t wait for Thursday!

  • sunny

    The previews of this show were very bad, but I did try to watch the first show. I would give the show a -10 rating. They kept advertising…..”this show is so funny”. The previews weren’t even funny. Take it off the air and quickly.

  • Michael

    The pilot and the 2nd episode are both free on iTunes.

    The pilot wasn’t funny at all. I haven’t bother watching the 2nd one yet.

    There was no compelling story being told. There’s no story. A guy gets dumped and his buddies sort of try to help him get over it? That’s not a new story and it’s not being told in a unique way. Who’s the likable character? So much of it doesn’t ring true either, including the main character’s beard and mustache. It’s very plastic.

    TBS should bring Man Up back cause that show was funny and did things I had not seen before.

  • goodtimes92618

    “In the main ratings categories, Men At Work was behind most of TBS’ noteworthy sitcom premieres in the past 5 years, Are We There Yet? (3.2 million viewers, 1.6 million adults 18-49), Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (5.8 million viewers), Perry’s Meet The Browns (4.0 million viewers) and The Bill Engvall Show (3.9 million)”

  • Jjlikey

    Great show really enjoyed it

  • STP

    Come on TBS, someone there must see how bad this show is. Re-writes needed badly and new actors probably would not hurt either.

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