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30th Jan '16 8:21:53 AM nombretomado
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Some shows are lucky to still be around -- or were, before the axe finally fell. Their ratings were middling or poor or even awful, but the critics liked it, or it had been starting to show signs of a cult following, or it was ''supposed'' to be huge and they're reluctant to give up on it just yet, or the show is nearing an episode count needed for {{syndication}}, or everything else that premiered that year did even worse, or somebody at the network just ''liked'' the darn old thing; at any rate, it just barely got renewed by the skin of its teeth. In industry-speak, these shows are referred to as being "on the bubble," and if it's a show that seems to be on the bubble every single season, will sometimes garner the name "bubble series," taken from the fact that a soap bubble can pop at any second.
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Some shows are lucky to still be around -- or were, before the axe finally fell. Their ratings were middling or poor or even awful, but the critics liked it, or it had been starting to show signs of a cult following, or it was ''supposed'' to be huge and they're reluctant to give up on it just yet, or the show is nearing an episode count needed for {{syndication}}, UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}, or everything else that premiered that year did even worse, or somebody at the network just ''liked'' the darn old thing; at any rate, it just barely got renewed by the skin of its teeth. In industry-speak, these shows are referred to as being "on the bubble," and if it's a show that seems to be on the bubble every single season, will sometimes garner the name "bubble series," taken from the fact that a soap bubble can pop at any second.
4th Oct '15 12:50:58 PM Aurelian
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* Due to poor viewing figures, ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' was almost cancelled after two series. However, it was repeated in a low key time slot and achieved respectable ratings, which convinced BBC producers to commission another series. The show went from strength to strength thereafter and ironically was continually revived during the 1990s and 2000s owing to its status as a ratings winner.
25th Aug '15 3:30:05 PM Blatch0
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The other way, now.
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* This can probably be considered for ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite'''s second season. After low ratings and mixed critical reviews, it was renewed, but the budget was cut (as evident by the switch in studios from {{Creator/Titmouse}} to in-house production at Cartoon Network), new episodes were moved to [[FridayNightDeathSlot Saturdays]], and they were given very little promotion. Eventually, the second season turned out to be the show's last.
16th Apr '15 10:51:59 PM FordPrefect
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Usually this marks the final season of a show -- even the final partial season. Better plan on only running thirteen episodes[[note]]or whatever the magic number for syndication is[[/note]] [[Front13Back9 instead of the usual 22-26]]. In the best case scenarios, it leads to a massive hit and a very good career move for the network execs responsible.
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Usually this marks the final season of a show -- even the final partial season. Better plan on [[Front13Back9 only running thirteen episodes[[note]]or episodes]][[note]]or whatever the magic number for syndication is[[/note]] [[Front13Back9 instead of the usual 22-26]].22-26. In the best case scenarios, it leads to a massive hit and a very good career move for the network execs responsible.
20th Feb '15 9:27:39 PM NinjaLore
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* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' initially went ahead despite resistance from most of NBC and Creator/LarryDavid himself. It wasn't until season three that it showed any promise at all, and season four that it was legitimately successful.
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* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' initially went ahead despite resistance from most of NBC and Creator/LarryDavid himself. After the pilot aired, NBC was so ambivalent about the show that they only ordered four episodes for the first season. It wasn't until season three that it showed any promise at all, and season four that it was legitimately successful.
20th Feb '15 8:09:45 PM eviltwin531
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* The original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' got a third season only because of a massive letter writing campaign; but the third season is not considered that great by many fans. Forty years later, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' barely got a fourth season because the show runners convinced the studio that they could do it cheaply; in fact the eventual series finale was originally written to cap the third season. Fans tremendously approved the final season-- including many who feel it actually [[GrowingTheBeard grew its beard]] that season, too late to be saved.
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* The original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' got a third season only because of a massive letter writing campaign; campaign (well, that and the fact that RCA owned NBC at the time, and RCA owned the patent for color TV. Since most people [[KillerApp bought color TVs specifically]] for ''Star Trek,'' they realized RCA made more money in color TV sales than NBC lost because of ''Star Trek''); but the third season is not considered that great by many fans. Forty years later, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' barely got a fourth season because the show runners convinced the studio that they could do it cheaply; in fact the eventual series finale was originally written to cap the third season. Fans tremendously approved the final season-- including many who feel it actually [[GrowingTheBeard grew its beard]] that season, too late to be saved.
12th Jan '15 12:12:25 PM Vir
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* ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Girl}}''. This was barely renewed lots and lots of times, to the point of only dying after 130 issues. It has since had several restarts that get Only Barely Renewed for a little while, before being cancelled and the cycle starts anew.
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* ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Girl}}''.''ComicBook/SpiderGirl''. This was barely renewed lots and lots of times, to the point of only dying after 130 issues. It has since had several restarts that get Only Barely Renewed for a little while, before being cancelled and the cycle starts anew.

* Creator/AdultSwim's truly [[DadaComics bizarre]] ''XavierRenegadeAngel'' somehow has a second season.
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* Creator/AdultSwim's truly [[DadaComics bizarre]] ''XavierRenegadeAngel'' ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel'' somehow has a second season.
12th Jan '15 12:11:43 PM Vir
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* ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast2012'' got terrible ratings in its second season, was the CW's lowest rated series in 2014 and was yanked off the schedule to air the rest of it's episodes in the summer. Somehow it still got renewed for a third season.
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* ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast2012'' got terrible ratings in its second season, was the CW's lowest rated series in 2014 and was yanked off the schedule to air the rest of it's its episodes in the summer. Somehow it still got renewed for a third season.
14th Dec '14 7:57:51 AM Lirodon
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* The teen GameShow ''Series/PeerPressure'' had three seasons. In reality, the last two seasons were simply the same episodes but with increasingly obtrusive editing (the "second" season applied DVDCommentary and ClumsyCopyrightCensorship, while the "third" season completely changed the name of the show and edited the audio to try and RetCon it)
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* The teen GameShow ''Series/PeerPressure'' had three seasons. In reality, seasons, but the last two seasons second and third season were simply just repackaged reruns of the same episodes but first season with increasingly obtrusive editing (the "second" season applied DVDCommentary and ClumsyCopyrightCensorship, while the "third" season completely changed the name of the show and edited the audio to try and RetCon it)
31st Oct '14 1:38:40 AM Batman39
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Not this trope.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has done this on at least ''five separate occasions'', most notably in 1998, when the drastically-budget-cut ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' was so popular that it revitalized the viewership figures that had been on the decline for the past few years, and again in 2002 when Creator/{{Disney}} bought the rights and almost put it into reruns, but renewed at the last minute by moving production to the cheaper New Zealand. At one point they actually ''did'' stop production and put it into reruns, after which the (North American) franchise creator promptly bought the rights back and moved it to another network, which has at time of this writing not had any by-a-hair renewals.
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