Ben and Kate canceled
Fox says the remaining "Ben and Kate" episodes will air at some point (there are six left). Given "Ben and Kate's" ratings, the move wasn't a surprise (if anything, some were shocked the show received an order for additional episodes last fall). This isn't one of those decisions where you say, "The network didn't give it a chance."
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Doubling up on "Hope" through February will make room for the return of Hell's Kitchen, which will now launch March 12 at 8 p.m. and lead into "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project." The network emphasized these changes should not be taken as a bad sign for Hope, noting they plan to give the comedy a one-hour season finale following American Idol on Thursday, March 28.
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Even when including seven days of DVR playback, "Ben and Kate" averages only 3.1 million viewers and a 1.5 rating this season. Fellow Fox newcomer "Mindy Project" has fared better, with 3.8 million and a 2.0 rating. Returning comedy "Raising Hope" ties Mindy with 4.5 million and a 2.0 rating. While sophomore sensation New Girl tops them all with 6 million and a 3.3 rating. Over on ABC, "Apt. 23" has 3.6 million and a 1.5 rating while "Happy Endings" has 4.5 million and a 1.7. If you're wondering how NBC's Tuesday comedies stack up, "Go On" has 7.5 million and a 2.9 rating; "New Normal" averages 5.8 million and a 2.4.
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