Either driven away by early critical drubbings or their lingering hostilities over The Thing About My Folks, audiences rejected en masse the debut of NBC’s The Paul Reiser Show. The sitcom—a Curb Your Enthusiasm Lite that actually brought in Larry David for a cameo in hopes of driving that connection home—ended up being the network’s lowest-rated in-season comedy premiere ever, finishing well behind a rerun of Rules Of Engagement and The CW’s The Vampire Diaries with a tiny 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and pulling in only 3.3 million viewers. Even reruns of Family Guy on TBS scored higher 18-49 numbers, which has to be embarrassing for the network. Still, while the show could definitely use some improvement (cutting Reiser’s entourage down to just one wacky sitcom archetype maybe?), it probably didn’t help that its lead-in was also the lowest-rated episode of Community ever, or the fact that NBC did almost nothing to promote it. But, ah, now it probably won’t have to bother.
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