We may have seen the last of midseason CBS comedy series Friends With Better Lives and Bad Teacher. CBS has quietly pulled the shows off the schedule as it is making a push for a freshman comedy series that got renewed for next season, Mom. Repeats of Mom will move into Friends With Better Lives‘ Monday 8:30 PM slot, where it will air next fall. For extra sampling, reruns of Mom also will air behind the biggest comedy series on television, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, in the Thursday 8:30 PM slot for the next few weeks. Starting this week, fellow renewed freshman comedy The Millers, which will return to the Thursday 8:30 PM slot in the fall, will temporarily move to the 9:30 PM berth currently occupied by Bad Teacher, following Two And A Half Men. CBS has an available half-hour slot on Monday for the summer, with 2.5 Men reruns also airing at 9:30 PM there, following Mike & Molly. But the network seems to be going for a clean break from the just-finished season, opting not to continue with any of its cancelled comedies and focusing on the shows that are coming back. There are no plans at the moment for the remaining episodes of FWBL, which has aired 9 of its 13 produced episodes, or Bad Teacher, which has aired 5.
The yanking of FWBL comes after the comedy had done some respectable ratings business recently. With no support in a comedy repeat-filled CBS Monday lineup, the comedy drew a 1.4 among adults 18-49 last night in the fast nationals. It slipped 13% from last week, which is to be expected on a holiday, but finished tied for No.2 on the night with the season premiere of Fox’s MasterChef and ABC’s The Bachelorette, just 0.1 off first place. It built on its 2 Broke Girls rerun (1.0) lead-in by 40% and was the highest-rated program on CBS by a mile, with Mike & Molly repeat logging a 1.0 and Mom as the lowest-rated comedy with a 0.9 for an encore. In its final airing last Thursday, Bad Teacher pulled in a 1.1. It was the lowest-rated comedy on CBS that night, beaten by reruns of Big Bang Theory, The Millers and Two And A Half Men.