CBS’ ‘The Odd Couple’ Not Getting Back Order, Season 3 To Consist Of 13 Episodes

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EXCLUSIVE: CBS comedy series The Odd Couple will produce a third consecutive season of 13 episodes.

The size of the first two seasons was 13 episodes by default as they both premiered in midseason. Season 3 of the comedy, a reboot of the Neil Simon classic, was the first one to launch in the fall, and CBS had an option to order more episodes. The network has decided not to do so. The Odd Couple, which has aired seven episodes of Season 3 to date, is not canceled and remains in contention for a Season 4 renewal, though it likely will need to show some ratings improvement in the remaining five episodes to have a shot at a pickup.

While Season 2 of The Odd Couple exceeded expectations, especially in the first half, leading to the Season 3 renewal in May, the sitcom, starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, has been a soft ratings performer this fall. It ranks as the lowest-rated CBS comedy series this season and ties freshman drama Pure Genius — the other CBS series with 13-episode pickup not to get a back order this fall — as the second-lowest-rated CBS scripted series with a 1.2 most current rating in adults 18-49.

CBS currently has eight comedy series on the air. Five — The Big Bang Theory, Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Life in Pieces and freshman Kevin Can Wait — have full-season orders (22 episodes or more), while newbies The Great Indoors and Man with a Plan will produce a total of 19 episodes each. The network has new multi-camera workplace comedy series Superior Donuts on tap for midseason, in addition to four dramas. One of its co-creators/executive producers/co-showrunners is Bob Daily who also serves as executive producer/showrunner on The Odd Couple.

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