The mortality rate for sitcoms, particularly Tuesday night bottom dwellers, is alarming this week. Yesterday, ABC abruptly pulled Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23. Today Fox took the ax to Ben and Kate, the first-year comedy starring Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson as adult siblings.
Actually the “c” word (cancellation) was not used by either network. That’s not unusual. Show almost always get pulled months before their demise is officially announced. You can expect the episodes that are in the can to be burned off after the season is over.
Ben and Kate will be replaced for now on Tuesdays with double showings of Raising Hope. Don’t Trust the B---- will have its Tuesday slot taken over by an additional airing of Happy Endings.
Both series were averaging less than 4 million viewers.