TBS Renews ‘Men at Work’

Freshman sitcom had high-rated premiere for Turner comedy network

Another day, another dollar for Men at Work. TBS has renwed its new bro-centric summer sitcom a mere five segments in, after a very strong premiere and a major uptick during last week's show. Men premiered to 2.65 million total viewers and a 1.3 in the demo; it's sagged since then, but last week's show jumped to 2.11 million total, with a 1.0 in the demo (up over a .9 the week prior).

All in all, a solid debut season so far for the show, which is produced by Turner favorite son Breckin Meyer (currently bringing in plenty of high ratings on TBS' sister network, TNT, where his Franklin & Bash airs). TBS has given it a sweet spot in its Thursday night lineup, right after two episodes of off-net success story The Big Bang Theory. The new series retained 72 percent of its opening act. The always-popular CBS sitcom drew 2.92 million total viewers. Clearly, Turner is hoping that after another season or so, Men will be able to stand on its own without the help of the its million-dollar-an-episode syndicated lead-in. Men runs until July 12.

That's the plan at both TBS and TNT, anyway; the network is boosting its original slate at TNT with off-net content, as well, leading into shows like its risky new Dallas reboot with multiple episodes of tried-and-true broadcast favorites. Dallas gets a healthy does of Law & Order before it goes on; so far it's earned 6.9 million viewers with a 1.5 in the demo in its premiere and 4.76 million with a 1.3 for week two. The syndicated material is expensive, but if it can help Turner establish a slate of hits, it will have been worth the money.

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