Wednesday, May 22, 2024

CBS Sitcom Ratings Crash as Allison Janney “Mom” Returns 25% Off Last Season Average without Co-star Anna Faris



“Mom” was back last night without Anna Faris, and the ratings were disastrous.

The Allison Janney sitcom dropped roughly 25% or more from last season’s average. The total was 4.8 million versus over 7 million for last season’s spring finale. Last season’s average was 6.3 million per show.

What’s even more humiliating is that “Mom” LOST over 200,00 from its lead-in, the not very good “B Positive,” a pilot for a new series. “Mom” is in its 8th season.

But the whole premise of “Mom” has been wrecked by the sudden loss of Faris, who exited the series last minute in August after signing on for the season. Now Janney has no child to be a Mom to, is happily married, and has a bunch of nice friends. But the mother-daughter scenario is over.

Whatever happened to Faris, I hope she’s alright. But she’s almost certainly doomed the show to cancellation.

And what did they do with Faris’s character? The episode began last night with Janney and her husband, played by William Fichtner, coming home after dropping her at Georgetown Law School. LOL. Preposterous? Not really when you think Tiffany Trump graduated from there. And that was preposterous enough!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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