November 9, 2015 at 8:11 pm #364727
It’s November and I wonder why networks aren’t pulling the plug yet.
There are tons of new and old shows that has fizzled in the ratings game.
What is the reason why network’s official cancellation is taking so long?
What shows do you think needs to be with the TV Grim Reaper?November 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm #364729
Because cancel a series too soon gives a bad image for the channel. They don’t want to show that they have made bad choices and failed in sell the product. Probably, some series have already been canceled, but they will not make an announcement now.November 9, 2015 at 9:03 pm #364730
I think tt’s too premature for cancellations.November 9, 2015 at 10:22 pm #364731
Well this is a weird season because no show is flopping too hard ratings wise and no one is flopping critically as well to the point that they are just shunned off like Dads. I’m shocked that stuff like Minority Report or Truth Be Told haven’t gotten the boot yet. The most shocking renewal was the god awful Dr. Ken.November 9, 2015 at 10:59 pm #364732
One early sign that a show is nearing the early cancellation is by cutting the number of episodes produced instead of hitting the cancel button which happened with “Minority Report” “The Player” “Truth be told” and “Blood and Oil”November 9, 2015 at 11:04 pm #364733
Perhaps the word “cancelled” is now considered a hate speech.November 10, 2015 at 4:15 am #364734
I think they’re just trying to keep the word “canceled” out of the vocabulary and see how it works for shows that they still want to keep on the air until they end their initial run because they don’t have anything else to put in their place. But enough shows have been canceled already, somebody already mentioned them. Cutting their episode order because of awful ratings pretty much shows that they’re done.November 10, 2015 at 8:32 am #364735
At this point, cutting the episode orders is the network’s polite way of canceling these shows. Why the sudden change this season? I’m not sure. There are more than a few shows whose quality is bad and ratings don’t help at all. But basically every show whose order was cut is a dead man walking.November 10, 2015 at 9:47 am #364736
One early sign that a show is nearing the early cancellation is by cutting the number of episodes produced instead of hitting the cancel button which happened with “Minority Report” “The Player” “Truth be told” and “Blood and Oil”
And, in part, this is probably why shows aren’t getting cancelled or “put on unplanned hiatus.”
Last season, Red Band Society had 13 episodes produced, but only 10 aired in its time slot; the other three were burned off on Saturday nights. Minority Report will also have 10 episodes air in its time slot; it’s just that there aren’t an extra three episodes that need burning off.November 10, 2015 at 10:54 am #364737
I think that no network wanted to be the first to cancel this year, and now it’s gotten to the point that any show that they don’t want will just not come back after Christmas. I guess it will give people more incentive to keep watching the shows until they’re done, where they may drop them if they know it will be cancelled.November 10, 2015 at 11:48 am #364738
There have been a lot of articles on media/entertainment sites on this very topic. Basically, even though the quality of new shows this TV season is much poorer compared to last, shows that are critically panned are actually doing quite well in their time slots (Dr. Ken and Rosewood specifically)…while others that aren’t higher performers are just running off their episode counts instead of being outright cancelled. This seems to be the new strategy for networks these days.
Cancellation gives bad press for the network.November 10, 2015 at 10:34 pm #364739
One factor that I see is that Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have shown willingness to grab programming castoffs to help their own profile, making network executives reluctant to hand over a show that could be a hit in the future.
Example of which are “Community” and “The Mindy Project”November 11, 2015 at 7:07 am #364740
I think there’s greater focus on ratings beyond the overnight numbers, so basically Live + 7 (or more), streaming on Hulu or the network’s own site, Twitter buzz, etc. It seems like many networks are just letting shows end after 10 or 13 episodes to provide enough satisfaction for fans. I think it’s a growing trend.
For example, last year I liked Red Band Society which had terrible ratings from the beginning but they let the first season run through and end in a somewhat satisfying manner rather than cancelling it abruptly after 4 episodes, which made me feel better about the show overall. With TV’s reputation increasing it kind of legitimizes the medium more, to make it seem less profit-based.November 11, 2015 at 8:01 am #364741
I’m hoping Supergirl doesn’t get axed, but rating are already starting to go down more and more each episode. 🙁November 11, 2015 at 11:53 am #364742
Very happy with this. No matter what, give a series 10 to 13 episodes to tell its story. If a network has enough faith in greenlighting a pilot then there should be no issue in letting the first season have its beginning/middle/end.
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