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Old 08-24-2019, 04:56 PM   #12
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Dick did have a three-year commitment and if he hadn’t had it, CBS likely would have cancelled much earlier. But in the third season, they moved it to Sundays and the ratings picked up. After all those seasons contractually bound to pick it up, CBS actually wanted a fourth season. But Carl Reiner had quit the show after CBS refused to air an episode in which Dick’s daughter walked in on Dick and Jenny while they were having sex (it eventually aired in syndication). Dick didn’t want to do the show without him. And Hope Lange wanted to quit. So it just faded away.

"But in the third season, they moved it to Sundays and the ratings picked up"

The show moved from Saturday to Sunday for season 2 not 3, the Sunday move didn't work at all, the show dropped to 55 in the ratings. The show moved to Monday at 9:30 for season 3 and it did rebound a bit jumping to 40. It probably benefited from having Lucy as the 9:00 show, ABC had football which started at 9, and NBC was showing a movie also starting at 9:00, so the Lucy audience really had limited options at this point.

"CBS actually wanted a fourth season".

Where did you get this piece of information? One of the posters used the term uninspired to describe the series, and that hits the nail on the head. I doubt CBS would have renewed the show especially since Here's Lucy was leaving the schedule.
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