September 28, 2013 at 2:56 am #303583
I was wondering, with those terrible ratings for the season premiere, are they gonna do a seventh season? Maybe they pull a 30 Rock and give them a shortened last season after the current one?September 28, 2013 at 8:51 am #303585
I would say yes, but NBC needs this show in the same way they needed 30 Rock. The Michael J Fox Show wasn’t as big of a hit as they expected and has mixed reviews, and we all know WTTF and SSTW will bomb. I’d say when those two get cancelled Parks gets moved to 8:30 or 9:30 and will have more success there.September 28, 2013 at 9:04 am #303586
I think it will be and this or the seventh should be it. It is the sixth season anyway, it’s not like this show needs or deserves to keep going on for season 8 or 9. Season six is more than anybody ever expected from this show. It had perfect seasons, perfect moments and episodes, but not anymore. A seventh season wether complete or shortened should be its last. The ratings say this is the last one, though. But what’s NBC going to do next with its thursday lineup?September 28, 2013 at 9:38 am #303587
Since when have the ratings ever been relevant for Parks and Recreation? It’s one of the most critically acclaimed comedies on television, which is partly why it’s managed to stay on the air this long. It’s not gonna get canceled just like that. The show has friends in high places, so I doubt season 6 is going to be the last unless they specifically announced it as its last…which they didn’t. It’ll probably go the way of 30 Rock and get an abbreviated 7th and final season. NBC’s comedies are weak, and a few of the new ones are going to fail. I don’t think NBC can afford to get rid of its best comedy right now.
It’ll get a seventh season.September 28, 2013 at 10:01 am #303588
Since when do shows need to be announced as “its last season” before the current one to NOT be cancelled? They could very well cancel it midway through this season (not likely of course) or during that time decide that this will be it giving them time to prepare for a series finale in may. It’s the most normal thing in television world. The only reason this show hasn’t been cancelled, as mentioned before like 30 Rock, it’s because NBC has nothing else. If they had 3 other succesful comedies on thursdays and P&R was the weak link, the would’ve cancelled it a long time ago or taken it out of that night and let it die on a tuesday or something. But that hasn’t been the case for NBC in years.September 28, 2013 at 10:22 am #303589
Yes, I know that it could still get canceled even though it hasn’t been announced as the final season. However, I just think Parks and Rec is too beloved to get unceremoniously canceled. NBC has kept it longer than anyone thought they would, so you would think they owe it some respect by at least giving them a heads up. It’s not like it’s some random sitcom that they can dispose of, it’s Parks and Recreation. And like I said, they don’t have a lot to replace it with, so I just can’t see this year being the last. Of course, anything could happen….September 28, 2013 at 11:05 am #303590
After its spectacular 3rd Season, it has been trending downward. No sitcom needs more than 6-7 seasons.September 28, 2013 at 11:33 am #303591
Honestly, it is unfair for Parks and Recreation to go head to head with The Big Bang Theory.September 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm #303592
Wouldn’t NBC keeping it longer than anyone thought they would show that they’ve already given it more than enough respect and they dont owe it anything more?September 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm #303593
Why? Some show needs to go against TBBT. They can’t just not air something there. And Parks should be grateful they got 6 season out of their run. To me, putting them against TBBT was NBC’s way to find a justified reason to cancel Parks. It isn’t an Emmy magnet (still hasn’t won anything and got very few nominations, and no, it isn’t coming back to Comedy Series), and it’s ratings are quite weak. Funny how people say MJF was a failure but say NBC needs this show, since MJF was also against The Big Bang Theory but actually improved on Parks ratings. Yet people are ready to call that a flop but say that Parks deserves another chance? We’ll see how the following weeks go. But I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few weeks from now they announced the ending of the show. Six seasons is a pretty good run for a sitcom, it met their syndication goal.September 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm #303594
I’m surprised they haven’t cancelled it already. I think, just like 30 Rock, NBC kept it around as long as they did because of the name behind it (Amy Poehler), and because of it’s critical success, which is starting to decline.
I bet NBC is kicking themselves for passing on Modern Family when it was offered to them. LOLSeptember 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm #303595
I doubt Modern Family was offered to NBC. Steve Levitan has said numerous times that he detests the network because of the way they treated Just Shoot Me.
Anyway, I do think that the sixth or seventh will be the last season, but only because most of the cast (as well as the writers) will probably want to move on (a la 30 Rock).
The Nielsen ratings are bulls-h-i-t and networks, cable channels and advertisers are starting to realize it. Both #parksandrec and #michaeljfox trended on Twitter for hours on Thursday, while #bigbangtheory only trended for a few minutes after the show. And vocal fanbases for shows like Community and Chuck prove that more people watch(ed) them than Nielsen suggested. Less than 10% of the houses in America are tracked by Nielsen, it is not by any stretch of the imagination a good indicator of a show’s popularity, and this era of social networking has proven just that.September 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm #303596
That last paragraph is bulls-h-i-t. How does a fanbase being vocal prove that it is large?September 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm #303597
Nielsen ratings still matter. No, they are not the only thing that matters, but still they do. Parks is at a point where it might start costing more to make than it makes money for them. Ratings should’ve improved, not diminished.
Parks is NBC’s sacrifice to help the rest of its Thursday line-up to survive.September 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm #303598
That last paragraph is bulls-h-i-t. How does a fanbase being vocal prove that it is large?
Not the point that I made. It’s simply an indication. My main point was that if millions and millions of people tweet about a show after it airs, it suggests that millions and millions of people are watching that show, correct? Enlightened was the top trending topic for a few hours after it was cancelled, yet Nielsen says an average of 22.4 thousand people watched the season? Are we seriously supposed to belueve that “Rains of Castamere” was only watched by 5.22 million people even though it currently holds the record for most-tweeted about episode of television of all time?
There’s also Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, etc. that could possibly make up more than half of a show’s audience and aren’t even taken into account when processing Nielsen ratings.
The Nielsen ratings are an obsolete system who’s use is nonsensical in this age of technology. Websites like YouTube and Dailymotion can track viewership down to the very last page load and I doubt that there would be any opposition to a sytem like this from networks, advertisers, showrunners, cable companies and audiences. This would be much more accurate than having less than 10% of the population serve as a sample for the entire population.