LOS ANGELES – In March, it was announced “Mike & Molly” had a 22-episode sixth season in the works, but this week cast members revealed the show’s sixth season will be its last and only 13 episodes will make it to the air.
Monday afternoon, star Melissa McCarthy took to Twitter to express her sadness.
— Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) December 14, 2015
McCarthy's tweet apparently intended to end speculation that the show was canceled because the Oscar-nominated actress wanted to expand her ever-growing career.
The star’s reaction came after her co-star Rondi Reed revealed on social media that the show was ending, stating the cancellation was CBS’ decision and the show’s producers explored “other ventures,” but they “did not turn up a future for our show.”
“The network has it's [sic] reasons, and I will not get into a debate, discussion, or campaign to get them to change their minds,” Reed’s Facebook post explained.
“Mike & Molly,” a show brought an average of 8.4 million viewers during its fifth season and 8.3 for the fourth season. To put those numbers in perspective, CBS’ number one hit, “The Big Bang Theory” averaged 16.14 million viewers during the same time period and just this year CBS’ new series, “Supergirl,” became the most watched premiere of this season at 12.9 million viewers.
Still, “Mike & Molly’s” numbers aren’t too far off from some other CBS shows that are still on the alive and well. “2 Broke Girls” brought in an average of 7.8 million viewers for its fourth season and “The Good Wife” reeled in about 9.7 million for its recent sixth season.
This isn’t the first time CBS has shut down a show with viewership around 8 million. The network canceled announced in May “CSI” was being shut down and the show’s episodes were also cut short—from a 22-episode order to 18. “CSI” bowed out with an average of 8 million viewers.
Business Insider speculated back in October that CBS was putting a plan into place to draw younger viewers. In May, The Wrap reported CBS was on a mission to land younger viewers as the network’s median age was 59.9.
After news of the show's cancellation hit the web, fans expressed their sadness and anger.
— CoCoChappelle218 (@Courtney21891) December 15, 2015
— Joanna Peterson (@YodaBear2214) December 15, 2015
CBS has yet to return request for comment about the cancellation. Chuck Lorre, of Bonanza Productions, simply told us “no comment.”
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