Welcome to Sweden, created by Greg Poehler and executive produced by his sister Amy Poehler, debuted in the summer of 2014 with over 3.5 million viewers, which isn’t too shabby for a series that didn’t have a lot to market beyond the Poehlers’ name. And though it was well-received by critics, the show couldn’t maintain its audience, which was the first point made by Greg Poehler in announcing the show’s cancelation via his Instagram account, which NBC later confirmed.
Holy shit. What a ride! Due to some craptastically low ratings in the US, WTS is officially done. I am eternally grateful to all of our fans. When you make a show - and write, produce, obsess and and act in it - all you want us for someone, somewhere, to tell you they appreciate it. There have been so many of you in both Sweden and the US that have done so, and every compliment has made me immeasurably happy. So, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I'm sitting here crying, but mostly because I'll prob never work with Josephine, Christopher, Lena, Per and Claes again. They are among the best people I've ever met and I am so so happy and grateful that they let me act with them. Regardless, what an incredible journey! I could write for days about it. But I am so grateful to the cast, crew and directors for making Swedish tv history. I love you all! Among our accomplishments (aka "Things you would never read in a Swedish newspaper"): -- 6 million viewers per ep worldwide (most by a Swedish show... last year? any year? ever??) -- First ever Swedish show shown (as is) on American TV (subtitles and all) (I think first ever EUROPEAN show on any of the major US broadcast networks) -- Winner Best Comedy (world) at BANFF; Winner Best Intl Comedy (Monte Carlo) -- both firsts for a Swedish show -- First nominations for Swedes at Monte Carlo Intl TV Festival - Bornebusch (Best Actress) and me, if I count as a Swede (Best Actor) --Countless memories that will last a lifetime THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE! I sincerely love you all. Tears of joy.... The best thing is we live in an age where you can see the remainder of the eps on NBC and Hulu and Amazon and elsewhere (Paul Simon and Jack Black and Neve Campbell and Aubrey Plaza await). So please PLEASE watch them. I think they are great. Toward the end, I finally figured out what I was doing. Worry not. The best is yet to come. For me and for you.
Damn the network that cancels a show that Patrick Duffy stars in! That’s seriously about as heartfelt and joyfully morose a goodbye message as one can possibly conceive. It’s not all that unexpected though, as the show’s ratings never came close to reaching those of its premiere, and it fell below the 2-million-viewer mark around Episode 7. Season 2 has been just as dismal, with the two-episode airings failing to bring in over 1.3 million people. Sunday is generally a night when cable ratings are stronger than networks’, so it’s a shame that NBC didn’t try to move it around before axing it, though they might have followed in their own footsteps by just haphazardly throwing it on Saturday evenings before Hannibal and Aquarius.
Unfortunately, NBC won’t even be burning off the rest of the episodes that were already produced. Poehler seems to imply that Hulu, Amazon and NBC’s website – or at least one of them – will be showing off the remaining six episodes, in which we’ll see stars like Paul Simon, Jack Black, Amy Poehler, Neve Campbell and Aubrey Plaza. There’s always the chance that one of the streaming services will back Welcome to Sweden for a third season, especially given the international appeal of the show, but it’s probably not likely.
This is the latest cancelation for NBC, which has already sealed the fates of American Odyssey, Hannibal, State of Affairs and One Big Happy, among others. Thankfully, there are more comedies coming later this summer and fall, including Mr. Robinson, The Carmichael Show, and Truth Be Told. Expect them to last about as long as their opening credits.