CBS has canceled its comedy series “The Odd Couple” after three seasons. The move doesn’t come as a big surprise, particularly to followers of star Matthew Perry’s Twitter feed.
Perry tweeted in April, “My face on the ‘Odd Couple’ stage door has been painted over with green paint. I think it’s safe to assume that we have been canceled. #subtle” The official word came down Monday, two days before CBS announces its 2017-18 schedule.
The writing (paint?) had been on the wall for some time, however, as CBS opted not to extend the show’s order beyond 13 episodes for this season.
“The Odd Couple” ran for three seasons and 38 episodes on the network. It was a bubble show in its first season but secured a renewal. Last year, it performed surprisingly well after being given an April premiere date and an odd scheduling pattern that had it airing two nights a week for several weeks.
This season the show stayed put on Monday nights but took a sizable hit in the ratings. It averaged a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 the night it aired, down from 1.4 in 2015-16 (a drop of about 29 percent). It was not a big DVR performer, growing to just 1.3 after a week of delayed viewing. It was the lowest-rated comedy CBS aired this season.
“The Odd Couple” starred Perry and Thomas Lennon as the title characters, Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. The cast also included Wendell Pierce, Lindsay Sloane and Yvette Nicole Brown (who has moved on to ABC’s new show “The Mayor”).
“The Odd Couple” joins these shows that have been canceled in 2016-17.