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All Your Favorite Shows May Be Cancelled: "Happy Endings" Bombs On Sundays Against those Posh British Ratings Bullies

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 7, 2013 | Comments ()


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Didn't we remind you that "Happy Endings" and "Don't Trust the B--- in Apt. 23," were moving to Sunday nights, and that failure to watch may result in their cancellations? Well, they're not cancelled yet, but YOU DIDN'T LISTEN. Last night's episodes drew 2.6 million and 2.2 million respectively, which are abysmal numbers, but it's even worse when you compare them to their lead-ins ("Once Upon a Time," 9 million; "Revenge," 7 million).

Granted, those lead-ins aren't exactly thematically sympatico with "Happy Endings," but clearly the ABC sitcom's REAL fans didn't follow the show to Sundays. Of course, that may have been because most of us were watching "Downton Abbey," and keeping "Happy Endings" on the DVR until today, when we could enjoy it with its more thematically similar "Bunheads." Meanwhile, "Downton" raked in 7.9 million viewers, which was nearly double last year's premiere, and beat everything on the networks except for the CBS lineup.

*golf clap*

I'm convinced, however, that "Downton Abbey" is the posh British version of "Sons of Anarchy," a show that has absolutely zero patience with its plotlines, unspooling and resolving major storylines within the episode. Actually, Kurt Sutter and Julian Fellowes should combine forces to come up with a new series about a posh, early 20th century outlaw gang that travels by horse and buggy and murders aristocrats who show up to formal events in black tie. THE NERVE.


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • We all know that the crossover will be Breaking Abbey. I think I can die in peace now that I've heard Hugh Bonneville say, "Motherfucker." I sometimes enjoy the pacing of DA, simply because it allows for the handling of so many characters without ever getting bored.

  • kirbyjay

    Shameless is starting this Sunday so that is my first love, then The Good Wife.....all of which I watch on Monday night because Monday night is a crapfest.

    Seriously, my big yellow dog could program better than these morons.
    Lamo sitcoms and insipid musical contests(Last Man Standing, The Neighbors. Idol, The Voice) go on at 8-9
    Funny but inoffensive comedies ( Parks & Rec, Community )go on at 9
    Racy sitcoms ( Happy Endings, Cougartown) go on a 9:30
    Violence and criminals ( CSI, Hawaii 5-0, Criminal Minds) go on at 10
    This is from the dog

  • DeltaJuliet

    Your dog is good........

  • lowercase_ryan

    I knew they were moving to Sunday, but I forgot they were moving to Sunday this Sunday. Until I saw my hulu que. Give it a week.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Here's my idea: let Kurt Sutter and Julian Fellowes swap shows. I would watch them both then.

  • John W

    All three shows are on my DVR. I'm doing the best I can captain (he says in a Scottish accent).

  • Uriah_Creep

    I have nah power left!

  • SpookyTube

    i thought they were also airing new episodes on Tuesdays as well...?

  • mairimba

    I know Apt 23 is showing another episode tonight. Don't know about HE.

  • I'm more concerned about Apt 23, which was really good again last night. It's been great this whole season. Happy Endings is in a nose dive. For the first time I hit fast forward through the terribly cliche part where they were trying to set up Max.

  • lowercase_ryan

    The B has found itself and is flourishing like a mother! Krysten Ritter is my favorite anything right now.

  • yocean

    Sons of Abbey; Catfaced Dowager / beardy Hamlet scowl off!

  • tmoney

    I hate to say it, but Sunday's Happy Endings was just not very good. Way too much screaming from Penny and too much Dave. If that was a burn off episode, I'm cool with that, but I hope Tuesday's episode is better.

  • DeltaJuliet

    I have to agree. And I LOVE Happy Endings. But Sundays episode was weak, at best.

  • T-Bone

    There hasn't been much of Penny screaming or Dave at all recently.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Ok, I can't be the only one who imagines a world where Brian Fellows -- not Julian Fellowes -- is the the creator/writer for Downton Abbey, right?

  • LaineyBobainey

    They didn't even promote that they were showing the damn shows on Sunday. If my dvr hadn't picked it up, I wouldn't have known. I swear to god, the marketing suits at these networks are dumber than my cat*.

    *She eats lint and then gags. And then does it again, so...

  • Carey Adams

    ABC's treatment of Happy Endings is starting to rival NBC's of Community. It's not that hard people. Stop yanking the shows around and they'll find their audience because both are really funny.

  • Johnnyboy

    AlTHOOOOUGH ... in other timeslot adjustment news, you gotta give ABC mad props for moving Jimmy Kimmel to 11:35 to directly compete with Jayjay, the ass-chinned monkey, May we all put our collective fists over one elbow and raise the other toward NBC's front office.

  • Wembley

    The local ABC affiliate is delaying JK 25 minutes. To expand the evening news to a full hour. Because we need more local news. From a station that already runs 5 1/2 hours of local News each day.

  • Tinkerville

    What a mess all around. Sunday is just an incredibly weird night for both these shows and there's already so much worth watching that night as it is.

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