News broke this week that CBS has cancelled a few shows, including Rob. Sad news indeed. The show lasted only 7 episodes despite decent ratings and thus becomes yet another sitcom cancelled too early. In the world of network TV, sitcoms need to either break into the top 10 to be kept around it seems, but this is nothing new. Rob averaged about 10 million viewers per week despite poor reviews and generally negative criticism.
Going back to NBC’s ‘Must See TV’ heyday there has been a pattern of shows lasting a single season and being thrown away if they do not become the next Friends, Frasier, or such. Remember Stark Raving Mad? Just how good does a sitcom have to be in order to get a chance? Let’s look at two of the newest, biggest sitcoms. Perhaps we can figure out why a show like Rob is now gone, shall we?