I couldn’t have imagined saying this at the beginning of the season, but ABC’s Single Parents has slowly become one of my favorite new comedies of the year. There’s nothing groundbreaking about this half-hour single-camera comedy. It perfectly fits into the ABC family comedy mold, and that’s alright with me.
I didn’t have high hopes for the series when it premiered after Modern Family earlier in the fall. I was actually turned off by its title because I was raised by a single parent and my experiences didn’t have any comedic bits attached, so I couldn’t fathom a show about single parents being funny. Ultimately I decided to give it a chance solely based on the fact of it talented and well-known cast led by Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl).
Single Parents took a few episodes to find its footing, but it quickly established itself, in my opinion, one of ABC’s better family comedies. That being said, I’m petrified this gem will be canceled at the end of the season.
Even though Single Parents started strong out of the gate in the ratings with the help of its Modern Family lead-in, ABC ordered a full-season worth of episodes after airing only 4 episodes, but unfortunately ratings have been steadily declining throughout the second half of the season. Even though Single Parents isn’t ABC’s lowest-rated comedy series (that would be Speechless, but that airs on Friday nights and has a lesser expectations to perform well), I can’t image ABC is happy with its performance in the Wednesday 9:30 time slot, which is coveted real estate behind Modern Family, and leading into their biggest midseason premiere Whiskey Cavalier.
Single Parents’ latest original episode, Wednesday, March 20th, it lost 12% of its audience week-to-week. Even worse, its performance is 46% worst in the 9:30 slot compared to American Housewife year-over-year. Being ABC’s lowest-related freshman comedy, these rating aren’t helping its case for a season 2 renewal.
The fact that ABC already has a full slate of established comedies including, but not limited to black-ish, The Goldbergs, Fresh Off The Boat, the recent renewal of The Conners, and Modern Family entering its final season, in addition to its strong performing other freshmen comedies The Kids Are Alright and Goldberg’s spin-off Schooled, which are just about sure things for next season, Single Parents looks like the most obvious comedy casualty at ABC this year.
Despite the odds being stacked against additional episodes, I have to ask: ABC, please don’t cancel Single Parents!