The Mindy Project, we're sorry. We wanted to like you—we still want to like you—but it's time to face the facts: You are a disappointment.
It's not just the ratings—though the ratings are bad. In fact, Mindy has been at the bottom of the barrel for Fox's sitcoms, with (at times) worse numbers that the critically reviled Dads. (Last night Mindy scored a 1.5 to Dads' 1.4) TV By the Numbers' "Cancellation Bear" still thinks Mindy Kaling's show about a romantically challenged OB/GYN has a chance at a third season, but it's not looking great. In an ideal world, this article would be one cursing audiences for not tuning in to a criminally unwatched sitcom, but, sadly, we can't really blame anyone since we've repeatedly found ourselves tuning to ABC during Mindy's time slot to watch Trophy Wife, leaving Mindy for the DVR.
From the beginning, Mindy was a show we cheered for, being unabashed fans of the persona Kaling herself cultivated on social media. When the uneven first season delivered inconsistent laughs, it was easy to chalk the problems up to growing pains. Fox was not exactly kind to the show, airing episodes out of order and in a confusing manner; sitcoms need time to develop, and a second season order gave hope that the show would figure itself out. But by the second season, it's clear that something is still off.