It had previously been reported that CBS sitcom “How to Be a Gentleman” is being removed from its Thursday 8:30 p.m. ET timeslot and instead would air its new episodes Saturday nights beginning Oct. 15. This move, coupled with the reduction of episode order from 13 to nine, seemed to indicate cancelation was imminent.
Now Deadline has confirmed that “Gentleman” is stopping production after nine episodes, which is essentially a cancelation, even though the network has not made an official announcement. “Rules of Engagement” will take over “Gentleman’s” Thursday timeslot beginning on Oct. 20.
“Gentleman” did not have terrible ratings – most TV sitcoms would love a 9 million premiere and a 7.8 million viewer follow-up, with an average 2.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. But on CBS, those are not great numbers, plus “Gentleman” lost a large percentage of the 14 million lead-in “Big Bang Theory” ratings.
As Zap2it pointed out, last season “Rules of Engagement” aired following “Big Bang Theory” for part of the season and did better than “Gentleman” – “Engagement” averaged 8.8 million and a 3.0 18-49 demo rating.