In an interview with The TV Page, Sean Hayes, star of the multi-camera comedy Sean Saves The World, insisted that, “To me, [the show] is working, it’s just the struggle of the elephant in the room which is ‘how do you get viewers to NBC?’ NBC programs great shows, it just doesn’t have the eyeballs CBS does.”
Sean Saves The World had been flirting with cancellation, until last week when NBC ordered four more episodes. However, with the lowest ratings on NBC’s Thursday night lineup, and according to TVByTheNumbers.com, Bill Gorman, “Based on its relative ratings there’s no chance it comes back for season 2.”
Sean Hayes went on to say, “Even if I wasn’t on the show, it’d be the funniest sitcom, to me, on the air right now, I watch it and go, ‘Well, this is really f–king funny.’ I wouldn’t change anything right now, I think it’s all working.”
Hayes also had something to say about the negative reviews Sean Saves The World has been getting since the show debuted, explaining.
“I think critics like to associate themselves with cool, hip things and multi-cams feel retro to them. To me, whatever’s funny is funny. So if they don’t think it’s funny, that’s one thing. But I think they get nervous because they want their name on something new and hip and cool, and a lot of times they associate that with single-cam shows because those are the du jour format. This format isn’t that so they get scared.”
NBC has been having an atrocious season rating for it’s Thursday night comedy lineup,coming in dead last in network television, however overall NBC is pulling in the viewers, leading Sunday night and a strong showing for the first three nights of the week. It may be a question of programming and not viewership.