CBS will keep Season 3 of “The Odd Couple” at 13 episodes after declining to give the show a back order and extend it to a full season.
The comedy becomes the latest Not Officially Canceled but Let’s Be Honest It’s Pretty Much Done show of the season, following CBS rookie “Pure Genius” and ABC’s “Notorious” and “Conviction.” The CW’s “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow” are also stopping at 13 episodes but will have several months of streaming on Netflix before the network makes a call on renewals.
Following the end of its 2016-17 run, “The Odd Couple” will have aired 39 episodes over its three seasons. The first two were spring shows, keeping the episode count down. With success this season, CBS could have opted to extend the show to the standard 22-episode full season.
That success, however, hasn’t really come. “The Odd Couple” is averaging just above a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 (live + same-day) so far this season, a 29 percent drop vs. 2015-16. It’s the lowest-rated of CBS’ eight comedies by a good margin and the fourth lowest-rated show on the network as a whole, after “Elementary,” “Pure Genius” and “Code Black.”
DVR and on-demand viewing hasn’t helped much. Through its first five episodes of the season, the show only grew by two tenths of a point in the Live +3 ratings.
“The Odd Couple” is also produced by an outside studio, Warner Bros. TV, so the financial incentives for CBS to keep the show on the air aren’t as great as for a show that’s made in-house.