Murphy Brown and Happy Together Fail to Land Back Orders at CBS

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Just one day after CBS confirmed it is rejigging much of its schedule in early 2019, the network has confirmed more changes are on the horizon. 

Comedy revival, Murphy Brown has been capped at 13 episodes and will wrap December 20th. Initially, there were reports that the Eye network had swung the ax on the Candace Bergen-fronted series, but the network now maintains that no decision has been made about future seasons. 

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That said, Murphy Brown is averaging a mere 6.3 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic.

These figures already put the series on the bubble for renewal or cancellation, and given the fact that the show moved production for its revived season, there's a good chance Murphy Brown will be taking her final bow in just a few short weeks. 

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Also getting cut early is Happy Together. The Amber Stevens West and Damona Wayans Jr. vehicle is also coming to a close after thirteen episodes. 

The series is averaging 4.7 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the demo. It was missing from the early full-season orders CBS handed out earlier this season. 

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Despite the soft overall ratings, it was a consistent performer, and there's a chance the decision from CBS is based purely on what the network has on tap for midseason. 

CBS has already decided which shows will be replacing the above shows. First up is the Nina Dobrev comedy series, Fam, which will take over from Murphy Brown from January 10. 

Man With a Plan will return for its third season in place of Happy Together on February 4. 

With lower comedy slots overall this season, CBS has yet to reveal when Life in Pieces will return for its fourth season. That series is not owned by the network and spent much of the spring on the bubble.

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Alas, have a look at the changes coming your way. 

Thursday (as of Jan. 10)

8:00-8:30 PM: THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM: YOUNG SHELDON

9:00-9:30 PM: MOM

9:30-10:00 PM: FAM

10:00-11:00 PM: S.W.A.T.

Monday (Feb. 4 and Feb. 11)

8:00-8:30 PM: THE NEIGHBORHOOD

8:30-9:00 PM: MAN WITH A PLAN

9:00-10:00 PM: BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION

10:00-11:00 PM: BULL

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Monday (as of Feb. 18)

8:00-8:30 PM: THE NEIGHBORHOOD

8:30-9:00 PM: MAN WITH A PLAN

9:00-10:00 PM: MAGNUM P.I.

10:00-11:00 PM: BULL

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