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BubbleWatch: ABC's 'Better With You'
SHOW: "Better With You" (ABC)
IN ITS FAVOR: Very quietly, "Better With You" has delivered OK ratings as the filling in the "Middle"/"Modern Family" sandwich on Wednesday nights, holding just enough of its lead-in to get a back-nine order and to never suffer the ignominy of a random Sweeps preemption. Also, when given a special 9:30 p.m. post-"Dancing with the Stars" airing, "Better with You" got a huge sampling, showing that viewers are at least willing to give the comedy a shot.
AGAINST IT: Despite that post-"Dancing" sampling, the next new episode got absolutely no up-tick. Also, by "quietly," we mean "no buzz at all." ABC has already renewed tepid performers "The Middle" and "Cougar Town," because they at least generate conversation, while "Better with You" offers neither critical buzz nor audience buzz. It should be added that Josh Cooke comedies don't get renewed. Sorry, Josh.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: "Better with You" is on the bubble with "Happy Endings" and "Mr. Sunshine," both of which probably have better cases to return. Expect "Better with You" to be canceled and for most TV reporters to forget to even mention its cancellation.
Final Verdict: ABC canceled "Better with You."