How Long Before 'Partners' Is Replaced By 'Rules Of Engagement'? (Poll)

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September 25th, 2012

While most of the attention in our comments for Monday night's ratings are focused on other shows, the premiere of CBS's Partners landed with a resounding 2.4 adults 18-49 ratings thud. (cue commenters not understanding that while a 2.4 is a hit on NBC, it's certain death on CBS, remember the cancellation bear)

It's not going to be on the CBS schedule long with that rating.

For a little history lesson, last season How To Be A Gentleman premiered with a 2.7 rating on Thursday at 8:30, followed by a 2.5 rating in its second episode, followed by burn off oblivion.

Just like last season, Rules Of Engagement is waiting in the wings to step into the CBS sitcom breach.

But how long will that take?

  • Bill Gorman

    “I watched last night’s Hawaii Five-O. I thought it was a very good episode, but, there’s no denying the ratings were terrible and it is an expensive program to film. I am sure it has a few more weeks to get back up to decent numbers. “

    Hawaii Five-0 has already been sold into syndication to TNT. It isn’t leaving the CBS schedule for at least 2 more seasons.

  • ToXiX

    H50 getting hurt by Revolution I didn’t expect. But I had no doubt it would crush Castle.

    CBS ruined their Monday night line up.

    Like @Luke said, Rob! Should have been renewed. It’s ratings were not justifiable for cancellation especially in the position CBS is in now. TBBT & 2.5 Men will dominate Thursdays though

    Partners next week is a 2.0/5 18-49 call it now

  • Riff Rafferty

    I wonder if ROE will get additional episodes to cover this mess. It’s really a shame the way CBS has treated the show. (Trust me – I’m not a fan. However, from a business perspective, it has proven to be a great utility player.

    I’m a fan. I never miss an episode. Nobody was more peeved than I when CBS chopped the order last year, because I assumed it was the last season and they were going to wind up with a half dozen unproduced scripts and no closure. But I’m at peace with it all now. It’s now on 6 nights a week, it’s hitting the magic number this December, and they’re planning a wrap-up. And then I said, well, yeah, you know it would’ve been nice if they could have thought of it like they do the Chuck Lorre stuff or “Your Mother,” but then I remembered how that short-term thinker that was President of Entertainment before Nina didn’t even understand the concept of a utility player and took a decent performer from the same studio (Alfred Molina’s “Ladies Man”) and abruptly cancelled it midway through production on its second season. And not only couldn’t be bothered to even air Season 2 in its entirety as so much as summer burn-off but also proceeded to replace it with some of the worst sitcoms in recent memory — most of which made “Partners” look like “Seinfeld” — only to see every single one be completely dead on arrival and get dumped inside of a month. So I understand now it’s better to be a utility player than not to be one. Also, to be a long-term thinker than a short-term one.

  • Riff Rafferty

    Umm Is Rukes of Engagement even in production? Is it even possible for them to air episodes as soon as October?

    Yes. They have taped the first 3 shows.

  • gerry

    how lucky for the subpar ROE to consistently be the CBS sitcom snafu savior.

  • Survivor Fan

    They should have renewed Rob, given the position that they are in.

    They could have:
    HIMYM- Would be 3.7
    2BG- Would be 4.0
    TAAHM- Would be 4.3
    M&M- Would be 3.3

    TBBT- Would be 5.2
    ROE- Would be 3.5

    Essentially, they could have made no changes, and kept Rob as a utility player.

  • ccemerson

    Mentalist to Mondays ???

  • mary

    I’m bummed I really liked it and all 4 of the actors. I hope it does better next week.

  • Casey

    Last year, after Gentleman was canceled after 2 airings, they had a week of repeats before debuting RoE. So, if things don’t improve next week for Partners (and they won’t) Then it gets pulled, figure a HIMYM repeat on 10/8 then Rules comes back (thank God) on 10/15.

    I will say this much for Partners. Watching the show, I was merely apathetic about it being on. Whereas last year, I was very upset by the existence of How to be a Gentleman.

    I’m not sure Two and a Half Men should have been moved off Monday, time will tell. But CBS is lucky they renewed Rules, even though they took their sweet time about it because had they not, they’d be screwed until Friend Me was ready to go.

  • Brian

    They should have put Friend Me for the fall not as a midseasom, I would have definitely watched that show…

  • TVDude

    @Survivor Fan,

    Technically, they could still renew Rob if they wanted to, much like what Fox did with one of their shows last year. That’s unlikely to happen though.

  • omabin

    About the CBS comedies move, they are thinking long term. Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother have 1, maybe 2 seasons left. What CBS is doing is making sure they don’t loose both shows at the same time, leaving Monday night overly exposed. Sure, they might take a hit this year, but imagine the hit the night would take if, all of the sudden, next year, it would be Two Broke Girls, Mike and Molly and two newbies. How I Met Your Mother is still doing a lot for the night, and it’s better for them to change the night slowly than changing it all at once. CBS is the smartes of the networks usually, so they know what they are doing.

  • ann

    I remember what CBS did last year with How To Be…so I give Partners one more week before it’s moved to Saturdays to burn off any remaining episodes.

  • Hattie

    Admittedly I haven’t seen “Partners,” but it seems like a tired concept. Not that “Rules” isn’t a tired concept, but it’s a concept with a bit of a history and a fan base. In an ideal world I don’t think either of them would be on the air, but I feel like if anything, RoE is going to win out.

  • chris

    Would “Partners” chances improve if it were to somehow maintain its level and the seasonal ratings for HIMYM and the rest of the CBS shows were less than they were last year? Didn’t watch Partners and couldn’t care less, just curious.

  • Hugh

    Moving 2.5 Men was a mistake. Wonder if they move it back next year

  • tv#1

    I really hope CBS gives this series a chance to survive. It is actually quite funny. To be honest I think it is CBS’s funniest comedy since The Big Bang Theory. People probably didn’t tune in because they believed that it was another Sh*t my Dad Says or How to be a Gentleman; shows that weren’t really funny. But this one is. I hope word of mouth gets out that this show is good, so people start tuning in. It would be a shame if this series gets cancelled.

  • Derek Vincent

    So sad. I had such high hopes for it. :(

  • TimsDale4ever

    I watched the first episode and this show was beyond horrible — and to make matters worse, I don’t see how it can be improved upon. I also didn’t realize how really BAD an actor Brandon Routh is. The gay character is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo annoying….

  • seasic

    This season’s new shows in general…a lot of them seem like food for the bear…

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