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CBS has bit another bullet and has cancelled Partners, the freshman sitcom following the work-oriented friendship of a straight dude and his gay partner. Although Partners averages 6.5 million viewers an episode (which is far better than some comedies fare on other networks), it’s not exactly on par with other CBS fodder. The news comes just a few days after Partners hit a series low in the ratings.
Last week, Partners only pulled a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Despite the show being the only new comedy CBS has integrated into its schedule this fall, it’s not really a surprise the David Krumholtz and Michael Urie-led program has been cancelled. It’s bad news for Krumholtz, though, who was part of the ill-fated The Playboy Club show on NBC last year and now has had a second freshman show get dropped by a network. A few more cancellations and he may have the same reputation as Kyle Bornheimer.
Entertainment Weekly first reported the news, stating that repeats of the comedy will begin airing on Monday nights during the show's current timeslot. I have a feeling this could go on until midseason, when the network has the upcoming comedy, Friend Me, slated to air.
When CBS kills a program off, it isn’t always a completely hopeless situation. The extremely low-rated Made in Jersey has been resurrected for at least a couple of episodes. If that show could return on Saturdays, I don’t see why Partners couldn’t get a similar deal.