Is ABC's Alien Comedy The Next Show To Get Cancelled?

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Weeks before its debut, everyone (save EW) was slamming ABC’s science-fiction comedy “The neighbours” as one of, if not, the worst television shows to premiere on network TV this fall–us included.  However, it wasn’t the first network show cancelled

Rather, the show which follows an alien clan on Earth was well received premiere night with nearly 10 million views (thanks to a lead-in from Emmy-winning “Modern Family”). 

So, is “The neighbours” the next “Alf”? 

Not by a long shot.  

As soon as we heard of “The neighbours” it reminded us of the trend of another supernatural comedy ABC attempted at two years ago that barely made it through one stagnant season.  

Remember “No Ordinary Family“? 

The show’s premise basically followed a real-life version of “The Incredibles” with a family gaining super powers after a plane crash in Brazil.  

Though the comedy similarly premiered to a good opening in the fall of 2010, it slowly began its descent in the ratings week after week before being cancelled spring 2011

But “The neighbours” just received an order for three additional scripts

“No Ordinary Family” received four after two weeks into its slate. 

Take a look at the striking ratings resemblance for both shows:

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