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BubbleWatch: CBS' 'Rules of Engagement'
SHOW: "Rules of Engagement" (CBS)
IN ITS FAVOR: Unkillable comedy has proven itself capable of holding much of its lead-in, whatever that lead-in happens to be (like "Accidentally on Purpose," only with David Spade!). Even in a killer time slot, "Rules of Engagement" has done OK, even in the weeks "How I Met Your Mother" has aired repeats.
AGAINST IT: "Rules of Engagement" will never be a critical favorite and CBS has generally treated the comedy as a fill-in afterthought.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: There's nothing wrong with life as a perennial fill-in afterthought if you're the cast and crew of "Rules of Engagement." Renewal seems likely, even if the show is only a shortened midseason replacement again.