ABC’s “Cougar Town” may live on, even if ABC cancels it.
That possibility is being raised this weekend by this story on the Deadline.com Web site, which is reporting that TBS — the Turner-owned cable channel that’s heavy with original and off-network situation comedies — is talking to ABC about possibly picking up the series.
As the story points out, there are obstacles to such a move. For one thing, we don't know yet if "Cougar Town" has been officially cancelled, though we should know it soon as the network (and all the others) gears up to unveil its fall schedule later this month.
For the record, “Cougar Town” drew 4.77 million viewers in its last outing last Tuesday night at 8:30/7:30c on ABC. The number represents a decline from the viewership it used to have on Wednesday nights, though not by much. Perhaps more importantly, Tuesday’s audience tally represented a loss of 1.8 million viewers from its lead-in, Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing.” And networks hate to see that.
Of course, 4.77 million viewers would be a pretty good number for a cable channel such as TBS, although there's little evidence to suggest that all those viewers would follow "Cougar Town" to TBS. Moreover, as the Deadline story notes, there are money issues to iron out that come down to this: For a show like this to make a move to cable, everyone will have to accept being paid less than they were before, owing to the differences between broadcast TV and cable.
We’ll stay tuned to this story and let you know what happens.