Sean Hayes says his new show is the funniest sitcom on the air, despite poor reviews

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Sean Hayes’s new comedy sitcom “Sean Saves The World” isn’t off to a running start, with viewers and ratings decreasing by the week. 

The show focuses on a gay divorcee dad, played by Hayes, who “must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter, who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss at work.”

The show debuted with 4.4 million viewers and a low 1.4/4 rating within the 18-49 demographic at the beginning of October. This put the show behind all other primetime shows in its 9pm timeslot, aside from Fox’s “Glee,” which only held a viewing of 4.42 million viewers and a lower rating than that of “Sean Saves The World.” Both shows were trampled by their competition on the ABC and CBS networks. Hayes has his own ideas why. 

“To me, [the show]is working,” Hayes said during a set visit, according to The TV Page. “It’s just the struggle of the elephant in the room which is ‘how do you get viewers to NBC?’ NBC programs great shows, it just doesn’t have the eyeballs CBS does.”

Although viewers and commenters from various sites including: TV.com, Matacritic, and New York Daily News mostly agree on the fact that the show is struggling with its writing and premise, it does appear that the NBC network often falls behind its primetime competition. On the night of the “Sean” premiere, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” pulled in 9.6 million viewers, while CBS’s new hit, “The Crazy Ones,” held 11.71 million viewers in the same timeslot. “The Crazy Ones” stars veteran actor Robin Williams and “Buffy” beauty Sarah Michelle Gellar, and it clearly doesn’t plan to let up on its reign over that primetime 9pm slot. This could spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e for the future of NBC’s “Sean.” 

Earlier on the same night was the 8:30pm series premiere of “The Millers” which debuted with 13.09 million viewers, another pat on the back for CBS. But while CBS is obviously partly to blame for NBC’s low (though still not as low as the CW, whose new show “The Originals” only snagged 1.21 million viewers), the reviews certainly don’t seem to be helping “Sean” either. Its second episode aired with even less views than the night of the pilot. According to TV.Com, “the comedy’s Kryptonite” is due to “a lack of actual comedy.”  

“Even if I wasn’t on the show, it’d be the funniest sitcom, to me, on the air right now,” Hayes has said about the program. “I watch it and go, ‘Well, this is really f–king funny.’ I wouldn’t change anything right now, I think it’s all working.”

Ultimately the viewers (and NBC) will decide what works and what doesn’t. Let’s just see if “Sean” can make it to a mid-season hiatus before anything is said about its potential longevity. Or lack thereof. 

In the meantime, see what the critics are saying below:

“’Sean Saves the World’ has a good heart but could use a little saving itself.”—NY Daily News

 

“Sean Hayes can’t save his own show, which is predictable, pointless and littered with lame jokes.”—Hollywood Reporter

“Watching Sean bounce between the two worlds splits the series in two, making it less about Sean the family man and less about Sean the working man and more about Sean the fidgety gay man who gets poked and prodded from all sides.”—TV.com 

 “So, concept, story, dialogue: just okay. Cast: outstanding. ‘Sean Saves the World’ is on my ‘wait and see’ list for sure.”—Vulture

Perhaps there’s hope in that.

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