seansavestheworldSean Hayes’ new sitcom has been axed by US network NBC.

Sean Saves The World, which stars the former Will And Grace actor as a single gay parent trying to bring up his teenage daughter, premiered on NBC last October (2013) but has struggled in the ratings. Just 2.5 million US viewers tuned in to the latest instalment, which aired on January 23.

Another high-profile new NBC sitcom, The Michael J Fox Show, has also performed disappointingly since premiering last Autumn. “We like (MJ Fox). We like Sean Hayes’ show a lot. Creatively, we think they’re good shows, and we’re really unhappy that we can’t find an audience for them,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said at a TV industry conference last week.

Twelve episodes of Sean Saves The World have aired in the US already and two more are in the can. According to Deadline, NBC will make a decision on when to show the two remaining episodes after next month’s Winter Olympics.

News of Sean Saves The World‘s demise comes as it has been announced that Ellen DeGeneres is making a new gay-themed sitcom for NBC. Titled One Big Happy, the comedy will follow a lesbian who decides to have a baby with her straight male friend – then gets pregnant just as he meets and settles down with the love of his life.