CBS (ended 2006)
Season 5 was origianlly slated to be the final season. Yes, Dear was hated, lampoonned, and laughed at by the critics from the beginning, while at the same time they were touting "Bette" as the most highly anticipated sitcom of the year. They must have been astonished when bette was cancelled the following March. Yes, Dear suffered the same fate as Becker & Still Standing by being shuffled to the eastern-Siberia of timeslots. It was shuffled around the schedule making it hard for people to keep up with the show. By the end of season 4 the ratings had dipped and at best the network felt that they could use it as a midseason replacement if they had to.
When the prospect of the show's cancellation was on the horizon, die-hard fans such as I watched the show and during the season 4 run garnered impressive enough ratings to give it a fifth season. The sweet taste of victory didn't last, it was paired up with Still Standing on Wednesday nights and the ratings quickly tanked. I believe Still Standing was the lowest rated show for the 2005 - 2006 season, bottoming out at 94th. CBS used both Yes, Dear and Still Standing as a filler in order to bolster new sitcoms. By the time February 2006 Sweeps came and went, it was announced that Yes, Dear would not return the following fall and S.S. would be put on hiatus with an undeterminied return date pending the results of CBS' newly launched sitcoms. "Courting Alex" was unleashed on the world and quickly bombed (Thank God), however with the success from the introduction of "The New Adventures of Old Chritstine" CBS determined that they would have a better return on an investment in"Christine". When the hiatus of S.S. was announced the writers, actors, and staff saw the writing on the wall and had very little hope of its return / renewal. This is the reason for the storyline in the finale, "Still Graduating". It gave a sense of closure in the face of the likley cancellation, but left it open just enough for the minute chance of its return.
Yes, Dear & Still Standing are much funnier that the sludge that is on now. I know that Two and A Half Men is the # 1 comedy on TV, but that's not saying much when there just aren't very many comedies on TV. (And before I'm accused of flaming or trolling or whatever - - - I watch and like T.A.A.H.M., I just don't like it as well as Yes, Dear and Still Standing.) I was able to stomach about 3 episodes of Rules of Engagement, and love The Big Bang Theory, but in all honesty, I miss Becker, Still Standing, & Yes, Dear more.
I agree with you 100 percent; It wouldn't be so bad if the networks developed more sitcoms; but it is all about Reality TV and Drama at CBS, FOX< ABC, NBC and CW; Most nights there is not one sitcom on the entire evening. Hell; NBC aired three hours of Law and Order on Saturday Night. What? They can't buy a sitcom pilot from someone and give a shot!
For that Matter, How many CSI's do you need ? and as far as reality tv goes, CBS can flush shows like Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race and Kid Nation down the toilet;