We’ve all experienced the heartbreak of losing a favorite show too soon. It’s pretty common knowledge that bad ratings are the usual cause of a show’s demise, but it turns out, there are many reasons ratings suffer. This time, we look at the factors that make shows, good and bad, disappear.
- Why shows get canceled even though it seems like everyone is watching them
- Fox’s reputation for being a show-murderer
- All the various flavors of “this show isn’t profitable,” with “Friends” as an expensive cast example
- The Friday Night Death Slot
- “Firefly,” “Eureka” and other sadly canceled shows
- Most fan efforts as a stalling of the eventual execution
- “Chuck” and the Subway campaign
- “Cagney & Lacy,” which actually had a long life post-save
- Nielsen ratings
- “Pushing Daisies”
- How PR and advertising can trickle down to “not profitable”
- Who these people are who are watching “Two and a Half Men”
- “Arrested Development”
- The many lives of “Futurama” and “Family Guy”
- Same show, different network, a la “Buffy”
- If you like something, get other people to watch it. And not in a “Clockwork Orange” way.
- “Twin Peaks” and Beckett plays
- Listener mail! From Michelle, who came to us from Holly’s guest appearance on “Stuff You Missed in History Class” and writes about our yoga episode.
- How do television ratings work?
- Selter, Brian. “Shows on the Brink, Saved by Fans.” New York Times. 5/13/2012
- Woerner, Meredith. “Fan Campaigns That Actually Saved TV Shows.” iO9.
- In Memoriam: TV Shows Cancelled Before Their Time
- The 20 Greatest Shows Canceled By Fox Before Their Time
- The nine highest-rated canceled shows