In the fall, when The Millers originals on Monday started hurting promising new CBS drama Scorpion, the network swiftly moved in, canceling the sophomore comedy and replacing it with Big Bang Theory repeats until a permanent replacement, Mike & Molly, was brought in.
In a similar move, the network has pulled struggling freshman comedy The McCarthys from Thursday, effective immediately, with Big Bang repeats temporarily taking over the 9:30 PM slot. The decision comes after CBS’ Thursday 10 PM drama Elementary saw its Live+same day adults 18-49 rating (1.3) plunge -13% last week with a new McCarthys as a lead-in vs. the previous week when a Big Bang repeat aired in the slot. That is despite a new Big Bang anchoring CBS’ lineup at 8 PM last Thursday vs. a rerun the week before.
Like Scorpion, Elementary is owned by CBS and is a valuable property for the company as it has off-network and digital deals.
After a slow start, The McCarthys only received a 3-episode back order, bringing its first season to 15 episodes. Of them, four have not aired. There are no immediate scheduling plans for those episodes, with The McCarthys not officially cancelled but, like Fox’s Mulaney, having virtually no chance of coming back.
After the series finale of Two and a Half Men this month, CBS is switching to its midseason Thursday schedule, with new comedy The Odd Couple following Big Bang at 8:30, a Big Bang repeat at 9 PM and Mom at 9:30 PM.