NBC has said goodbye to “Welcome to Sweden.”
Creator-star Greg Poehler has announced that NBC has ended his comedy “due to some craptastically low ratings in the U.S.” The series, which returned to the NBC lineup on July 19, lasted just two weeks into its second season. In its final airing last Sunday, it averaged a mere 0.2 rating in 18-49 and 1.1 million viewers, placing 19th in its timeslot.
The series also aired on Swedish network TV4. “Welcome to Sweden” was an international production with both American and Swedish talent. Poehler exec produced along with his sister Amy, and Carrie Stein and Fredrik Arefalk.
“I am eternally grateful to all of our fans. When you make a show — and write, produce, obsess and and act in it — all you want us for someone, somewhere, to tell you they appreciate it,” Poehler wrote on Instagram. “There have been so many of you in both Sweden and the U.S. 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 [Bornebusch], Christopher [Wagelin], Lena [Olin], Per [Svensson] and Claes [Mansson] 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.”
When the series premiered last year, Variety TV critic Brian Lowry said that “despite rifling through all the usual and uncomfortable moments, the show has an understated charm and amusing characters.”
“Hollywood Game Night” will replace “Welcome to Sweden” in the 8 o’clock hour this Sunday, and NFL preseason action will take over NBC’s primetime schedule on two Sundays in August.