Though its ratings improved 15 percent over the previous season, Sunny averaged only 1.3 million total viewers last season, and didn't bring in big advertising dollars. Still, FX Entertainment chief John Landgraf has faith in the show.By comparison, two new sitcoms on CBS and Fox this fall, The Class and Til Death, which claim to be “set” in Philadelphia… the extent of which is a character eating a cheesesteak or another dating an ex-Eagle, prove just how good a show Always Sunny actually is.
"The bottom line is that I believe in it creatively," he says. "I think it's really funny, a comedic expression of FX's brand. I love working with the guys. We just had to figure out how to produce it more cost-efficiently."
To that end, creator-executive producer McElhenney and his costars agreed to no salary hikes until (or if) FX orders additional seasons.
FX to cut costs on third season of Always Sunny, better still film on location [Inky]