/// NBC’s Go On Will Not

May 10, 2013  |  Media Week

The ax continues to fall at NBC, which over the last several hours has severed ties with three of the four freshman comedies that were still in contention for a slot on the 2013-14 schedule. While it came as little surprise that the Peacock cut loose the poorly received newbies Guys With Kids and 1600 Penn, the decision to cancel the Matthew Perry comedy Go On is somewhat curious. Per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, Go On is NBC’s top-rated comedy, averaging 5.67 million viewers and a relatively hale and hearty 2.1 in the 18-49 demo. (By comparison, 1600 Penn scared up just 2.86 million viewers, and a 1.1 rating in the dollar demo, while the long-dead Animal Practice delivered 4.22 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in its Wednesday 8 p.m. time slot. Jimmy Fallon’s Guys With Kids averaged 3.89 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among the 18-49 set.) Go On marks Perry’s third straight one-and-done outing. In 2011, he starred in ABC’s short-lived mid-season comedy Mr. Sunshine; that effort followed on the heels of Aaron Sorkin’s self-reflexive dramatic comedy mash-up, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip . To date, Studio 60 remains the only Sorkin TV project to be canceled after a single season. Go On started strong but faded down the stretch. After bowing Sept. 11 to 9.73 million viewers and a 3.4 in the demo, Go On would close out its 21-episode run in front of a third of its premiere audience, stringing together several 1.1-rated performances in March and April. Fans of The New Normal may find solace in the elimination of Go On, as it remains the last new NBC comedy whose fate has yet to be determined. That said, the numbers don’t really add up. New Normal didn’t fare anywhere near as well as Go On’s lead-out, averaging 4.10 million viewers and a 1.6 rating. Also in limbo are the recently minted thriller Hannibal , which is another likely candidate for dismissal. Through its first six episodes, Hannibal is averaging 3.32 million viewers and a 1.3 in the demo.

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NBC’s Go On Will Not

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