NBC axes 'Ironside' and 'Welcome to the Family'

'Ironside' and 'Welcome to the Family' are no more as NBC axes both shows from their fall...

'Ironside' and 'Welcome to the Family' are no more as NBC axes both shows from their fall programming roster. (NBC)

Julia Alexander, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:13 AM ET

‘Ironside’ and ‘Welcome to the Family’ are no more as NBC axes both shows from their fall programming roster.

The cancellation of the shows isn’t too much of a shock, with both hovering around 2.5 million viewers. The timing, however, is strange.

‘Welcome to the Family,’ a sitcom about two families who come together following the news that their kids are about to give birth to an unplanned child, was immediately taken off air, while the revamped ‘70s cop drama ‘Ironisde’ will air its last episode Wednesday October 30th.

This leaves NBC with a gaping hole in both their Wednesday and Thursday prime time slots. Before being cancelled, ‘Ironside’ would air at 10 p.m. Wednesday night following NBC’s heavyweight drama ‘Law & Order: SVU.’

NBC announced they would fill the timeslot with episodes of ‘Dateline’ and specials until the end of the year, and ease into the New Year with the new ‘Chicago Fire’ spinoff, ‘Chicago P.D.’

The Thursday 8:30 p.m. time slot ‘Welcome to the Family’ used to own, will be replaced with extra episodes of ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘The Voice.’ NCB’s golden sitcom ‘Community’ returns January 2nd and will take over the 8:30 spot permanently for the remainder of the season.

Although NBC may have the rest of the season planned out to deal with the disappointing turn, there are still questions as to how the network will deal with future seasons.

‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Community’ are both possibly airing their last season this year, and with only a couple of other shows drawing in adequate ratings at best, this could symbolize a huge changeup in programming.

Even the newest shows picked up this season are averaging mediocre scores. ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ has a 2.3 rating score based on the strong numbers from its premiere week, while new Sean Hayes sitcom, ‘Sean Saves the World,’ has retained a 1.2, just a little higher than ‘Ironside’ and ‘Welcome to the Family.’

With the many of the star power NBC currently has leaving the network (Amy Poehler taking her new show to Sweden, Dan Harmon cutting ties with the network), it could mean daunting times ahead for the powerhouse broadcaster.

But hey, maybe Tina Fey will come back and whip something up.


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