FX Networks has seen ratings decline in recent years, as some of its big, bold comedies have begun to age and some of its popular dramas, like Sons of Anarchy and Justified, have finished out their respective runs. Last season, FX premiered two brand new comedies in the hopes that new fodder might reinvigorate the comedy lineup. Unfortunately, Married and You’re the Worst haven’t been the big successes the network hoped. Today, FX announced that the channel has decided to cancel Married.
Married was never a huge ratings bringer. Less than a million people watched each episode live over the course of the comedy’s two-season run, but Deadline reports the show’s ratings were down 40% during Season 2, leading to some spectacularly low numbers. It’s no wonder, then, that the comedy is not earning a Season 3 order.
Married starred Judy Greer and Nat Faxon as a dysfunctional couple whose squabbles and issues with one another were at the heart of the series. (Supposedly, there were jokes too!) Both actors deserve their own comedy, but I personally never found Married to be a show that was super likable and subsequently I was not too concerned about tuning in for it each week. Nat Faxon was a lead on Ben and Kate and did voicework for Fox’s other failed series Allen Gregory, so I guess it is just nice that fans of the actor got a second season with Married, rather than simply seeing the show get cancelled at the end of its first.
Word’s still out on FX’s other sophomore comedy, You’re the Worst. That show returned to the schedule on September 9, 2015, but was shipped off to FXX in the process. New episodes are expected to continue airing through part of December, after which Fox will likely make a call regarding the series. Hopefully, it will be good news during the holiday season, but that comedy’s numbers are trending downward, too, so I wouldn’t get too attached to the idea of a renewal.
The news comes just a few months after Fox said goodbye to brand new comedy The Comedians. On the other hand, the Denis Leary-led Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll fared better, earning a renewal order from FX back in September. You can see what has yet to premiere on the cable networks with our fall TV premiere schedule.
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