In a move that has left both fans and critics stunned, ABC has decided to cancel one of its most acclaimed sitcoms in recent years. The decision, which was unexpected by many, has sparked a flurry of reactions from the television community and beyond.
The sitcom in question, Home Economics, had been a staple on ABC’s programming slate for three seasons. Its unique blend of humour, relatable characters, and poignant moments had endeared it to a wide audience. However, despite its popularity, the network has chosen to bring its journey to an end (via The Hollywood Reporter).
The Rise and Fall of Home Economics
A Sitcom Like No Other
Home Economics stood out from the crowd with its refreshing take on the lives of three adult siblings and their respective families. The show, produced by ABC Signature and Lionsgate Television, revolved around the dynamics of these siblings, played by Topher Grace, Caitlin McGee, and Jimmy Tatro. Its portrayal of the ups and downs of family life, combined with witty writing, made it a favourite among viewers.
The Numbers Game
Despite its critical acclaim and dedicated fanbase, Home Economics faced challenges in the ratings department. During the regular September-to-May season of 2022-23, the sitcom had the smallest Nielsen-measured audience among the five ABC comedies. It averaged 2.92 million viewers per episode over seven days, along with a 0.55 rating among the key ad demographic of adults 18-49. These figures, unfortunately, did not include streaming numbers.
ABC’s Shifting Landscape
Other Shows in Limbo
Home Economics wasn’t the only show facing uncertainty at ABC. Another series, The Rookie: Feds, is still awaiting its fate. Broadcasters are currently reassessing their needs, especially with the recent strikes affecting production schedules.
The Future of ABC Comedies
With the cancellation of Home Economics, ABC now has three comedies lined up for its 2023-24 roster: Abbott Elementary, The Conners, and the second-year show Not Dead Yet. The network had previously passed on two other comedy pilots earlier in the spring.
The Impact of Industry Strikes
The television industry has been grappling with dual strikes by writers and actors, which have caused significant disruptions in production schedules. These strikes have led to the reshuffling of broadcast network schedules, affecting shows like Home Economics and others. The window for producing new episodes for the 2023-24 season is tightening, leading to tough decisions by networks.
Final Thoughts on ANC Cancelling Home Economics
The cancellation of Home Economics is a reminder of the unpredictable nature of the television industry. Even shows with strong fanbases and critical acclaim can face the axe due to various factors. As fans bid farewell to this beloved sitcom, one can only hope that the talented cast and crew behind Home Economics will return to our screens with new and exciting projects in the future.
In the ever-evolving landscape of television, networks like ABC are constantly making decisions to cater to their audience’s preferences and the industry’s demands. While the cancellation of Home Economics is undoubtedly a loss, it paves the way for new stories and fresh content that will continue to entertain and inspire viewers around the world.
What do you make of this news? Are you as shocked as we are to find out that ABC has cancelled one of the best sitcoms made in years? Did you watch Home Economics? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
You can stream all three seasons of Home Economics on Disney Plus in the United Kingdom and Hulu in the United States right now.