Question: After reading all the speculations regarding the current CBS Monday night sitcoms, I just had to write. First, why would a network pull the plug on a good show just to fill it in with a new sitcom in the fall? Ever heard of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? I was shocked to hear that How I Met Your Mother could even be remotely considered to be taken off the air. It's bad enough that The Class was sent packing too soon and will likely not return because Rules of Engagement had a following. How does eliminating a really great sitcom (Mother) for a more mediocre one (Rules) benefit the network? It surely would not benefit us viewers. Second, since CBS seems to have more sitcoms than time slots, did the powers-that-be ever stop to consider rotating the shows? I would vote yes to more new episodes (not just during sweeps months) of any sitcom they have than to suffer the loss of any of them. Why not alternate The Class with Rules instead of bumping one for the other? I am quite sure it all boils down to money and not what the consumer really wants. I may not be the coveted 18-35 (or whatever the demographics are), but I am the one watching, waiting and contemplating whether to keep giving you my time, CBS!
Answer: It's all pretty much as you already surmised: "It all boils down to money and not what the consumer really wants." What I'd like to see is for Rules to be asked to pull its weight in the 8-9 pm hour, the way Mother in particular has had to do from the start. The fact is that Rules held on to the Two and a Half Men lead-in more consistently than The New Adventures of Old Christine (a show I love, tonight's episode is a gas), and that's what ultimately matters. The idea of rotating shows in the same time period, thus avoiding repeats, is an interesting one. But again, financially speaking, it's doubtful. Among the sorts of shows that tend to repeat well (besides CBS-style procedurals) are sitcoms, especially the more traditional-looking ones like those CBS prefers to air. I'm afraid that unless CBS opens up a significant new comedy night (doubtful), we're going to have to say goodbye to at least one sitcom (possibly more) currently on the schedule to make room for the return of the regrettable Rules.