It´s bad enough to lose a quality sitcom such as One Day at a Time. But to never given a chance to see the cancellation coming? That’s no laughing matter.
After all, when Timeless was canceled (the first time!), fans were sad, yet some understood. Dramatic outbursts of NBC's drama, which is quite steadily eroded since its launch, slipping from a 1.8 (!) To barely half of that.
“We knew this was coming,” one TVLine reader commented back then.
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When you are not able to follow the ratings, you can develop your own trajectory. Trial & ErrorOne TVLine commenter noted when NBC ruled against renewal. "If a show does not do well in the ratings, why keep it around?" Similar, the low-rated Great News getting bad news was "to be expected," said a reader. "A renewal would have been a very big surprise."
Not everyone likes pragmatist, but they exist among even the most passionate consumers of TV. “Based on ratings,[[Code Black]"I don't know what the public likes," and "that is why it has been canceled," explained a commenter after CBS pulled the plug on its medical drama. Or as one reader framed Colony‘S termination at USA Network,“ Anyone who likes the show will think it’s a bad call, but that doesn't matter. It’s the ratings that do. "
But what happens when you have no sense of a show’s performance in those critical viewership metrics? How does one then prepare for the worst?
Are you even able to?
Netflix is now behaving like its brethren, being a bit swift with its scythe, being a bit Netflix spent-spent- e-mailspent money to sire or acquire fresh programming. But once that library of content was built and bills came two, the streaming had to start making tough calls about what to keep … and what to cut.
Fans of Sense8 Netflix, and the result was a significant outflow that prompted the streamer to greenlight to wrap-up movie. Other viewerships have not been nearly as lucky. From October 2018 through this February, all five of Netflix’s Marvel series – starting with Iron Fist and ending with the one-two gut-punch of Jessica Jones and The Punisher – they told the power of the fact that it has its own streaming service in the works.
Most recently, fans of the acclaimed One Day at a Time learned that there would be no Season 4. As Netflix explained, "simply not enough people watched."
In the case of ODAAT, fans who loiter out there in social media at least got a hint that, as the theme song goes, "this is it."
But not all showers are proactive in getting the best word out, and may not even be entirely private to the mysterious numbers that Netflix series live and die by. Quite famously, Netflix regularly divulges zero viewing figures – helming much side-eye and sometimes outright shade from its rivals. But even more ripe for scrutiny, the streaming giant will be the random random bits of data, accompanied by minimal context, in a bid to toot its horn unchecked. Yet when you may once in a blue moon hear about what Netflix wants you to regard as a big or a hit, you will be tipped off to the fact that your fave binge is about to go belly-up.
As a result, the reactions to Netflix cancellations are and have every right to be especially vocal, because you just. do not. know. It’s near impossible to see it coming. TVLine can easily inform you of premiere dates, new seasons preview, post-mortem big episodes and features Netflix series in our Performer of the Week, TV Questions and Quotes of the Week columns, but nowhere on these pages on viewership and whether any show might be in trouble.
The fact that something as well-crafted, well-reviewed and Necessary as One Day at a Time has (perhaps) seen its final days is disappointing in itself. But to have that sad news suddenly sprung on its passionate fans (Lin-Manual Miranda included!), And then waved off with a belated and half-hearted "simply not enough people watched,"
Because you just didn't know.