Why did your favorite sci fi / fantasy show get cancelled? This book takes you behind the scenes to look at the reasons television shows (especially genre entries) get cancelled and also looks at some of the infamous examples such as Star Trek, Firefly, Jericho, and more. More
Every year it's the same story. A new set of television shows bow on the broadcast or cable networks, and there's always a few offerings in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Maybe you get attached to one or two (or more) of these, but then, after the season ends, or perhaps even by mid-season, the show (or shows) you have been following—and become quite attached to—disappears never to be seen again. So what happened? Where did it go? Why were no more episodes of this monumental show ever produced?
The short answer: it got cancelled. And it got cancelled because the Nielsen ratings were low. And this book is here to answer your questions on just what the Nieslens are and how they impact the decisions of networks when it comes to deciding whether to cancel or renew a television series. And it also looks at many of the science fiction and fantasy shows that were cancelled before their time and what led to their early demise.
So prepare yourself for a journey into the netherworld that is the Nielsen ratings and the television networks that rely upon them.
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