But that was when Paul Lee was there,he's the one who really faught for these shows, including The Muppets. But now he's gone,the new head may not be as kind to these shows.
That's where I'm more worried than anything. Unless a show was really
unpopular, it was guaranteed at least a second season. Better off Ted, Pushing Daisies, even The Neighbors. ABC had more successes than failures lately. The failures failed HARD. Wicked City vanished after the second episode
, they tried one awful
singing competition that no one watched and they didn't bother with another. Same with a terrible Game Show (both are listed in TV Trope's "So Bad, It's Horrible" page for live action television). They've been fairly generous with their sitcoms for the most part. The show, by that logic, should at least get a renewal. It's probably a lot cheaper than most sitcoms, certainly cheaper than any action shows. There's at least
motivation in synergy and cost effectiveness.
And on that note, I don't think the new series going into its time slot is going to be an improvement. I do
sort of agree that all the family sitcoms they have are similar in a way (with the exception of that crappy unlikable, why the heck does it keep getting renewed one), but this one really makes that obvious as heck. And how much mileage can you get out of "hypocritically dysfunctional Irish Catholic family doing un-Catholic things?" I'm withholding judgement until I actually see this, but I'm not loving the promos. Though if "A Couple Hundred Angry Religious Leaders and Easily Angered People Who Shouldn't be on Facebook" whines about it, I'm all for supporting this show.
The ratings are slipping now due in part to the time slot. The internet can be all up in arms about how "Oscarsowhite," but watch a sitcom not
about white guys? And I have to admit, Agent Carter's story is slow this season (but it picked up pretty fast). Plus, if you miss one week, thanks to their concessions to cable congloms, you have to wait until after
the subsequent episode to see the previous one. So, yeah.. why bother watching it on TV when you can binge watch the whole thing? So The Muppets is between these two series, and it's not good for them, even though going against New Girl isn't good for them either. We can only hope the online ratings for TM is enough to renew it, and just hope that those watching aren't part of the rigged and less and less relevant Nielsen system.