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.
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.