ABC announced it is pulling the Ted Danson comedy Help Me Help You off its schedule beginning next Tuesday, December 19. The network is replacing Help with a second airing of another struggling sitcom, Big Day.
Help Me Help You starred Danson as the acerbic leader of a therapy group. The show premiered on September 26 and averaged a 2.9 in 18- to 49-year-olds. The show fell once its powerful lead-in, Dancing With the Stars, finished its run, pulling in a 1.4 in the latest episode.
Big Day, a "real time" countdown to a wedding, premiered in November to a weak 2.8 rating. The show fell to a 1.8 as of last Tuesday.
ABC hasn't officially canceled Help Me, but it is the ninth series of the fall season to get pulled from the schedule. ABC also pulled Six Degrees and The Nine, while CBS yanked Smith. NBC pulled Kidnapped and Twenty Good Years but stuck with Friday Night Lights and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. CW canceled Runaway.
Fox has had a field day with its low-ranking new shows. Justice, Vanished, and Happy Hour were all canned. Standoff has switched time slots, while 'Til Death took a monthlong break so script problems could be ironed out.