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As NBC’s premiere of “Revolution” approaches lets a take a look back at past mystery/scifi series and break down why they failed or weren’t long term rating successes.

First off any series in the category or even just the drama category can’t last forever. Theses shows need to come to a conclusion before the creative runs out along with the viewers. I would say shows that last 4-5 seasons as had a solid run. As is proven theses types of show depend on you seeing all the episodes and with that said from premiere to end date they experience continually ratings declines and seldom grow over their run.

This is why networks won’t chance renewing  a new series in this category with mediocre rating as the past has proven they will continue to decline.

Heroes 2006-2010 (Monday’s 9/8c)

Airing on the very competitive Monday night the show performed strong for 3 of its 4 years. Its a show that would I would deem successful though most won’t as the story lost its edge over the course of the series.

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ABC’s FlashForward 2009-2010 (Thursday’s 8/7c)

Compelling premise which lead to a very strong start on very competitive time slot while other networks focused on comedy’s for their Thursday lineup. The show struggled to find its footing as it went about having episodes focusing on a certain character and the audience didn’t have the patience for it. Those that suck around found all the little details were adding to the larger plot, but by then it was too late.

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FOX’s Terra Nova 

Airing in the competitive Monday slot the very expensive show didn’t fall drastically but well lower then what FOX needed for them to make it worth renewing. Mediocre means canceled for these types of shows which was unfortunately the case for Terra Nova.

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NBC’s The Event 2010-2011 (Monday’s 9/8c)

Strong right out of the gate but by episode three rating had fallen drastically. The show used a series of flashbacks spanning 66 years to tell the story which led the viewers to need to pay close attention to understand what was going on. After a mid season hiatus and attempts to relaunch the show it premiered without the all the flashbacks but it was too late as nearly half the viewers had abandoned the show.

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ABC’s Missing (Thursday’s 8/7c)

ABC’s second try on a series that would only get ten episodes a season instead of the regular twenty two in an effort to keep creative high (No filler episodes). Cable networks have done this well but not broadcast networks. The series already facing the dreaded time slot left critic’s and viewers wondering how long a show about a mom trying to find her son could last. The show never found its footing.

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AMC’s The Killing 2011-2012 (Sunday’s at 9/8c)

The prime example of having a strong show but having the network mismanage viewer expectations. The show was always intended to be a two season murder investigation but AMC’s promotions hinted it would be solved by the end of season one. The show never recovered its ratings drop in season two and was canceled.

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Favorite Canceled Show? (Poll)

Posted: April 15, 2012 by Aaron M Zaffuto in ABC, Fox, NBC
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This one you can vote for multiple shows as many times as you want. We CAN have ties on this one.

Serialized Shows VS The Ratings

Posted: April 14, 2012 by Aaron M Zaffuto in ABC, Fox, NBC, Ratings
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Lets get started….

I wanted to make this post to show what serialized shows are and why most often they fail quickly.

Serialized shows are most rewarding to the fans who stick around till the end since there is greater connection with the show and often get a rewarding conclusion for sticking around.

What is a “Serialized” show

A series of television programs that rely on a continuing plot that unfolds in a sequential episode by episode fashion. Serials typically follow main story arcs that span entire television seasons or even the full run of the series, which distinguishes them from traditional episodic television that relies on more stand-alone episodes.

Serials rely on keeping the full nature of the story hidden and revealing elements episode by episode to keep viewers tuning in to learn more. Often these shows employ recapping segments at the beginning and cliffhangers at the end of each episode. Such shows also place a demand on viewers to tune in to every episode to follow the plot

Serials are typically contrasted with procedural drama which rely on a more stand-alone, often referred to as “case-of-the-week”, format.

Ratings:

ALL serialized show fall in the ratings, even LOST did. As the stories get more and more complex often viewers begin to tune out. The best may experience a brief ratings uptick in their 2nd season but the trend is almost always down. That is why new shows that fall in ratings and don’t stabilize at an acceptable level are almost always canceled since there is little history to show it will grow.

FlashForward:

One of my favorite shows. It was ABC try at replacing the ending LOST and yes they gave the show everything they got. Millions on spent marking the show it premiered to very high numbers but that didn’t last long. As the show was approaching it mid-season hiatus ABC tried to reboot the show by releasing the first half on DVD, doing recap shows and spending even more to market the show. I returned to series lows.

The Event:

NBC’s shot at the LOST audience The Event it fell even quicker then FlashForward.

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Lost

Chuck

NBC’s shot at an action/comedy/drama became the little show that could. Chuck never had impressive numbers but they were never awful either. During the first season run the writers strike accrued and only 13 of 22 episodes were filmed. So NBC renewed it for a 2nd season which briefly improved on season one’s numbers only to fall back into cancellation territory. The fans stepped up and the show made it for 5 seasons!

Jericho 

Is the perfect and unfortunate example of why shows with falling ratings are not brought back. After a massive cliffhanger fans campaigned and got their show back with just 7 episodes to close the story. Those episodes were series low ratings.

(Chart coming soon)

Also working on one for Terra Nova