Three years ago if a show achieved poor ratings, it would have been axed by now. This year all shows are gong in to at least their third week and not a single show has been canceled. Yes, there have been a couple to have been given orders to complete their seasons such as Blackish, How to Get Away with Murder, and Gotham. This year networks seem to be taking a different approach with their shows, opting to leave the shows in their slots and let them finish their runs.
The different method isn’t all that different from what used to happen a long time ago. In fact, it is kind of relieving to see networks willing to let a show run it’s course provided they aren’t giving the network a bad reputation and aren’t going entirely unwatched. Shows like Selfie, Manhattan Love Story, and A to Z are playing their episodes despite ratings that would have had them promptly cancelled a a few years ago. For those of us who like to not have shows so abruptly yanked from us that is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand a show you like isn’t being yanked off air before it has a change to build an audience and potentially rally against initial negative perceptions (I’m looking at you Selfie). However, just because a show gets to air its episodes, doesn’t mean it will stay. A show can have a slow start and grow to be really good, which makes a late pull hurt even more. (I’m still suffering from The Tomorrow People withdrawal).
Which shows do you find yourself enjoying, which do you wish would go away?