2:42pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC Cancels 'Welcome to Sweden'
NBC has canceled sophomore comedy Welcome to Sweden, star Greg Poehler announced Tuesday afternoon.
The series, a Canadian acquisition produced by Entertainment One, TV4, FLX and Syskon, has been pulled from the schedule following some "craptastically low ratings," star Poehler wrote on Instagram, where he announced the news. NBC confirmed that the series will be pulled from the air, with a repeat of Hollywood Game Night set to air Sunday from 8-9 p.m., with NFL coverage taking over the following week.
The Sunday comedy most recently drew a 0.3 and 0.2 rating among adults 18-49 in its most recent back-to-back broadcasts. Last season, the series averaged a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.9 million total viewers in live-plus-same-day returns. The comedy, which counts Amy Poehler among its executive producers and guest cast, opened to a 0.9 among the key demo and 3.5 million total viewers, becoming the second-highest-rated summer comedy debut among seven on the Big Four networks in the past five years.
Welcome to Sweden was one of several original scripted series broadcast on NBC last summer as originals become more commonplace during the typically lower-rated season.
It was immediately unclear what would replace Welcome to Sweden on NBC's schedule. The network also recently announced it would air Craig Robinson's long-gestating Mr. Robinson over three weeks, with The Carmichael Show following suit, leading critics to question what the network's summer-originals strategy was.
Here's Greg Poehler's statement: "Due to some craptastically low ratings in the US, WTS is officially done. I am eternally grateful to all of our fans. When you make a show - and write, produce, obsess and and [sic] act in it - all you want is for someone, somewhere, to tell you they appreciate it. There have been so many of you in both Sweden and the US that have done so, and every compliment has made me immeasurably happy. So, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I'm sitting here crying, but mostly because I'll prob never work with Josephine, Christopher, Lena, Per and Claes again. They are among the best people I've ever met and I am so so happy and grateful that they let me act with them.
Regardless, what an incredible journey! I could write for days about it. But I am so grateful to the cast, crew and directors for making Swedish tv history. I love you all!
Among our accomplishments (aka "Things you would never read in a Swedish newspaper"): — 6 million viewers per ep worldwide (most by a Swedish show... last year? any year? ever??)
— First ever Swedish show shown (as is) on American TV (subtitles and all) (I think first ever EUROPEAN show on any of the major US broadcast networks)
— Winner Best Comedy (world) at BANFF; Winner Best Intl Comedy (Monte Carlo) — both firsts for a Swedish show
— First nominations for Swedes at Monte Carlo Intl TV Festival - Bornebusch (Best Actress) and me, if I count as a Swede (Best Actor)
— Countless memories that will last a lifetime
THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE! I sincerely love you all. Tears of joy.... The best thing is we live in an age where you can see the remainder of the eps on NBC and Hulu and Amazon and elsewhere (Paul Simon and Jack Black and Neve Campbell and Aubrey Plaza await). So please PLEASE watch them. I think they are great. Toward the end, I finally figured out what I was doing.
Worry not. The best is yet to come. For me and for you."