- Posted May 20, 2014 by
Watertown, New York
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NBC Cancels 'Revolution' and 'Believe' and Blames Rating? Blame the "Half-Season"
They also cancelled, 'Believe'- a great show about a young girl with special powers in its first season.
Many good shows were cancelled by the networks siting 'ratings'.
One of the things about modern American TV is the tendency of the networks to split up the runs of their seasons.
Too often a new show airs for a few episodes, goes off for a couple of weeks, and then returns for a couple of weeks.
When did this practice start? And what's the theory behind it?
All I can see is that it makes it harder to remember when a show is on and thus discourages viewer loyalty.
Then the network makes you wait 4 months and change the date of the show.
Is it any wonder the ratings begin to slip?
The short fuse that networks have before yanking a good show (while leaving the bilge to just go on and on) indicates that they're paying close attention to the advertising dollars spent on the shows.
But fans are becoming very touchy about what networks chose to keep on.
Why get involved with a show only to see it cut after you've become interested? And to add insult to injury, they never write an ending to the show.
Many good science fiction shows have been cancelled after one season only to be replaced with more garbage and reality shows.
" The major networks don't have the patience or inclination to wait that long for somebody to build an audience. They want an instant audience."
Sci-fi Shows Prove Alien To Networks
The split season approach seems designed to hamper shows and prevent fan loyalty. It is just not worth the trouble to keep up and remember story arcs when there are major breaks during the broadcast season.
Until they change this, I'm not watching ANY more new shaows.
Question is: When will they decide to cut my other two favorites- '24" and "Grimm"?