Oct. 16, 2019. By Shane O’Brien
NBC has pulled its new show Sunnyside from its Thursday night line up after just four weeks on air, although the show will continue to be streamed online for the remainder of the season, according to multiple reports.
The show was the first casualty of the TV season following a series of low ratings and disappointing reviews. Sunnyside has drawn the lowest ratings of any new show on the Big Four TV networks (NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox).
The remaining six episodes of the debut season will be shown on NBC.com, the NBC app and other streaming platforms. NBC has also announced that an additional 11th episode of the season will be aired online.
The show will be replaced by the final season of Will & Grace at 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Will & Grace was initially slated for a midseason premiere.
Will & Grace will debut on Thursday, Oct. 24 with Sunnyside set to have its last TV airing tomorrow on Oct. 17. Sunnyside will not return for a second season.
Sunnyside premiered to an audience of 1.77 million and that figure had dropped to 1.18 million by the most recent third episode, making it the least watched and lowest rated freshman show on the Big Four networks, according to TV Line.
The show has performed far better on streaming and delayed viewing platforms, especially among audiences between 18 and 49, which possibly prompted NBC to move Sunnyside online.
Created by Kal Penn and Matt Murray, Sunnyside centers around a disgraced former New York City Council Member (played by Penn) who is hired by a group of immigrants to help them obtain American citizenship.
Penn, meanwhile, took to Twitter and continued to promote the show. He described the episodes as heartwarming and patriotic and labelled the show the most diverse on TV.