History ScrewedByTheNetwork / LiveActionTV

13th Jun '17 7:21:32 PM stewyworks333
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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' started off with a large viewership in its Tuesday night slot but the ratings declined by the end of the first season (the average was about 6 million, which was considered okay but not great). As a result, the show was moved to the FridayNightDeathSlot for a 13 episode season two. However, the ratings actually ''improved'', so more episodes were ordered for the season and it was renewed for a third. The ratings steadily grew with each successive season and by season six, the show was one of ABC's highest rated despite airing on Fridays and getting almost no promotion from the network. But despite an average of 8.1 million viewers per episode (the only scripted series on the network with more was ''Series/ModernFamily''), ABC pulled the plug after season six finished with no warning or a GrandFinale. ABC President Channing Dungey [[http://ew.com/tv/2017/05/16/abc-defends-canceling-last-man-standing/ claimed the reason]] was that the network decided to revamp the Friday night block and there was no room for it on any other night. However, that still doesn't explain why they didn't cancel one of ABC's less popular shows to make room for it. The speculated reasons range from the show being owned by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox so they received all of the syndication money to the fact that the show was a conservative leaning sitcom that did not fit with the liberal ones the network airs like ''Modern Family'', ''Series/BlackIsh'', and ''Series/TheRealONeals''.

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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' started off with a large viewership in its Tuesday night slot but the ratings declined by the end of the first season (the average was about 6 million, which was considered okay but not great). As a result, the show was moved to the FridayNightDeathSlot for a 13 episode season two. However, the ratings actually ''improved'', so more episodes were ordered for the season and it was renewed for a third. The ratings steadily grew with each successive season and by season six, the show was one of ABC's highest rated despite airing on Fridays and getting almost no promotion from the network. But despite an average of 8.1 million viewers per episode (the only scripted series on the network with more was ''Series/ModernFamily''), ABC pulled the plug after season six finished with no warning or a GrandFinale. ABC President Channing Dungey [[http://ew.com/tv/2017/05/16/abc-defends-canceling-last-man-standing/ claimed the reason]] was that the network decided to revamp the Friday night block and there was no room for it on any other night. However, that still doesn't explain why they didn't cancel one of ABC's less popular shows to make room for it. The speculated reasons range from the show being owned by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox so they received all of the syndication money to the fact that the show was a conservative leaning sitcom that did not fit with the liberal ones the network airs like ''Modern Family'', ''Series/BlackIsh'', and ''Series/TheRealONeals''.''Series/TheRealONeals''; combined with the fact that the show, despite being popular with older audiences, did not skew so well in the 18-49 demographic, that ABC (which along with Creator/{{Fox}}, usually relies on younger demographics) tries to aim for.
20th May '17 12:50:39 PM nombretomado
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** "Bonnie Hammer = Satan" has been around a while. Ask any ''Series/ForeverKnight'' fan about the treatment their show got on USANetwork. The last four episodes were the first original dramatic program on Sci Fi... because USANetwork dumped the last four episodes on a channel that, at the time, had about 500,000 subscribers.

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** "Bonnie Hammer = Satan" has been around a while. Ask any ''Series/ForeverKnight'' fan about the treatment their show got on USANetwork.USA Network. The last four episodes were the first original dramatic program on Sci Fi... because USANetwork Creator/USANetwork dumped the last four episodes on a channel that, at the time, had about 500,000 subscribers.
16th May '17 4:25:55 PM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' started off with a large viewership in its Tuesday night slot but the ratings declined by the end of the first season (the average was about 6 million, which was considered okay but not great). As a result, the show was moved to the FridayNightDeathSlot for a 13 episode season two. However, the ratings actually ''improved'', so more episodes were ordered for the season and it was renewed for a third. The ratings steadily grew with each successive season and by season six, the show was one of ABC's highest rated despite airing on Fridays and getting almost no promotion from the network. But despite an average of 7 million viewers per episode (the only scripted series on the network with more was ''Series/ModernFamily''), ABC pulled the plug after season six finished with no warning or a GrandFinale. The speculated reasons range from the show being owned by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox so they received all of the syndication money to the fact that the show was a conservative leaning sitcom that did not fit with the liberal ones the network airs like ''Modern Family'', ''Series/BlackIsh'', and ''Series/TheRealONeals''.

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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' started off with a large viewership in its Tuesday night slot but the ratings declined by the end of the first season (the average was about 6 million, which was considered okay but not great). As a result, the show was moved to the FridayNightDeathSlot for a 13 episode season two. However, the ratings actually ''improved'', so more episodes were ordered for the season and it was renewed for a third. The ratings steadily grew with each successive season and by season six, the show was one of ABC's highest rated despite airing on Fridays and getting almost no promotion from the network. But despite an average of 7 8.1 million viewers per episode (the only scripted series on the network with more was ''Series/ModernFamily''), ABC pulled the plug after season six finished with no warning or a GrandFinale.GrandFinale. ABC President Channing Dungey [[http://ew.com/tv/2017/05/16/abc-defends-canceling-last-man-standing/ claimed the reason]] was that the network decided to revamp the Friday night block and there was no room for it on any other night. However, that still doesn't explain why they didn't cancel one of ABC's less popular shows to make room for it. The speculated reasons range from the show being owned by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox so they received all of the syndication money to the fact that the show was a conservative leaning sitcom that did not fit with the liberal ones the network airs like ''Modern Family'', ''Series/BlackIsh'', and ''Series/TheRealONeals''.
13th May '17 3:22:43 PM nombretomado
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* British fans of ''Series/TheLyingGame'' could be forgiven for thinking ChannelFive was trying to dump it from the word go: beginning on [[ChannelFive Five*]][[labelnote:*]]pronounced Five Star[[/labelnote]] at the end of January 2012 and airing on Mondays, it had a mid-season break at the same point in the story as ABC Family ("East Of Emma"), following which there was a ''four-month'' break (twice as long as ABC Family) before the series returned and picked up in September...for two episodes, before another brief break while the series moved to [[ChannelFive FiveUSA]] on Saturdays and in a mid-afternoon slot (compare to ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', which went through a similar situation on {{MTV}} and Viva but was handled far better - MTV had the sense to start over and give viewers a chance for a refresher course... until they dropped it after two seasons due, apparently, to viewer apathy; too bad it didn't apply to ''Series/JerseyShore''). And ''then'' it got moved ''again'' to Sundays!

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* British fans of ''Series/TheLyingGame'' could be forgiven for thinking ChannelFive was trying to dump it from the word go: beginning on [[ChannelFive Five*]][[labelnote:*]]pronounced Five Star[[/labelnote]] at the end of January 2012 and airing on Mondays, it had a mid-season break at the same point in the story as ABC Family ("East Of Emma"), following which there was a ''four-month'' break (twice as long as ABC Family) before the series returned and picked up in September...for two episodes, before another brief break while the series moved to [[ChannelFive FiveUSA]] on Saturdays and in a mid-afternoon slot (compare to ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', which went through a similar situation on {{MTV}} Creator/{{MTV}} and Viva but was handled far better - MTV had the sense to start over and give viewers a chance for a refresher course... until they dropped it after two seasons due, apparently, to viewer apathy; too bad it didn't apply to ''Series/JerseyShore''). And ''then'' it got moved ''again'' to Sundays!



* ''Headbanger's Ball'' was a popular show that aired Saturday nights on {{MTV}} beginning in 1987. The Ball (as it was nicknamed by its fans) aired for two hours and played hard rock, HeavyMetal, and HairMetal music videos. The show also featured interviews with musicians as well as "road trip" specials where the cast of the show would accompany bands to various locations around the world. It was one of the most popular shows on {{MTV}} and for a while was one of the network's flagship shows. The show even remained popular during the 1990s, when alternative rock and hip-hop became the most popular genres of music. But in January of 1995, ''Headbanger's Ball'' was abruptly canceled without warning. The host of the show, Riki Rachtman, was called by the network and informed that he would not need to come into work the following week. Rachtman pleaded with the network to allow him and the rest of the crew to make a "farewell episode" for the show, but the request was denied. Fans of the ''Headbanger's Ball'' were outraged by the news and to this day many of them consider the cancellation of the Ball to be the moment when [=MTV=] JumpedTheShark. [=MTV=] has never explained their reason for canceling the show. ''Headbanger's Ball'' was {{Uncanceled}} in 2003, but many believe the new version of show to be inferior to its predecessor.

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* ''Headbanger's Ball'' was a popular show that aired Saturday nights on {{MTV}} Creator/{{MTV}} beginning in 1987. The Ball (as it was nicknamed by its fans) aired for two hours and played hard rock, HeavyMetal, and HairMetal music videos. The show also featured interviews with musicians as well as "road trip" specials where the cast of the show would accompany bands to various locations around the world. It was one of the most popular shows on {{MTV}} MTV and for a while was one of the network's flagship shows. The show even remained popular during the 1990s, when alternative rock and hip-hop became the most popular genres of music. But in January of 1995, ''Headbanger's Ball'' was abruptly canceled without warning. The host of the show, Riki Rachtman, was called by the network and informed that he would not need to come into work the following week. Rachtman pleaded with the network to allow him and the rest of the crew to make a "farewell episode" for the show, but the request was denied. Fans of the ''Headbanger's Ball'' were outraged by the news and to this day many of them consider the cancellation of the Ball to be the moment when [=MTV=] JumpedTheShark. [=MTV=] has never explained their reason for canceling the show. ''Headbanger's Ball'' was {{Uncanceled}} in 2003, but many believe the new version of show to be inferior to its predecessor.
12th May '17 12:47:03 PM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' started with okay ratings in its first season and was moved to the FridayNightDeathSlot for a 13 episode season two. However, the ratings actually ''improved'', so more episodes were ordered for the season and it was renewed for a third. By season six, the show was one of ABC's highest rated despite airing on Fridays and getting almost no promotion from the network. But despite an average of 7 million viewers per episode, ABC pulled the plug after season six finished with no warning or a GrandFinale. The speculated reasons are that the show was owned by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox so they received all of the syndication money to the fact that the show was a conservative leaning sitcom that did not fit with the liberal ones the network airs like ''Series/ModernFamily'', ''Series/BlackIsh'', and ''Series/TheRealONeals''.

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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' started off with okay a large viewership in its Tuesday night slot but the ratings in its declined by the end of the first season and (the average was about 6 million, which was considered okay but not great). As a result, the show was moved to the FridayNightDeathSlot for a 13 episode season two. However, the ratings actually ''improved'', so more episodes were ordered for the season and it was renewed for a third. By The ratings steadily grew with each successive season and by season six, the show was one of ABC's highest rated despite airing on Fridays and getting almost no promotion from the network. But despite an average of 7 million viewers per episode, episode (the only scripted series on the network with more was ''Series/ModernFamily''), ABC pulled the plug after season six finished with no warning or a GrandFinale. The speculated reasons are that range from the show was being owned by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox so they received all of the syndication money to the fact that the show was a conservative leaning sitcom that did not fit with the liberal ones the network airs like ''Series/ModernFamily'', ''Modern Family'', ''Series/BlackIsh'', and ''Series/TheRealONeals''.
11th May '17 8:56:08 AM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' started with okay ratings in its first season and was moved to the FridayNightDeathSlot for a 13 episode season two. However, the ratings actually ''improved'', so more episodes were ordered for the season and it was renewed for a third. By season six, the show was one of ABC's highest rated despite airing on Fridays and getting almost no promotion from the network. But despite an average of 7 million viewers per episode, ABC pulled the plug after season six finished with no warning or a GrandFinale. The speculated reasons are that the show was owned by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox so they received all of the syndication money to the fact that the show was a conservative leaning sitcom that did not fit with the liberal ones the network airs like ''Series/ModernFamily'', ''Series/BlackIsh'', and ''Series/TheRealONeals''.
5th May '17 9:05:44 AM IronBrig4
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' was first put into direct competition with ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' and was given an incredibly erratic schedule in its first season, not helped by the fact that its second half had to be scheduled around the Winter Olympics. Episodes would be shown in small bursts before being put on hold for several weeks before the next batch would air, such as T.R.A.C.K.S being the only episode shown in February with three weeks between the episodes before and after it. This did nothing to help the show's ratings and frustrated fans so much that one of the big announcements from Marvel was that the last batch of Season 1 episodes would be shown without any interruption. Thankfully, the show was renewed (it helps that it's part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse juggernaut) and Marvel was keen to point out that the second season would be broadcast in two uninterrupted batches with an eight week winter hiatus when ''Series/AgentCarter'' will be shown. It was also pushed back an hour so that it would no longer be in the same time slot as the #1 drama in the US.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' was first put into direct competition with ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' and was given an incredibly erratic schedule in its first season, not helped by the fact that its second half had to be scheduled around the Winter Olympics. Episodes would be shown in small bursts before being put on hold for several weeks before the next batch would air, such as T.R.A.C.K.S being the only episode shown in February with three weeks between the episodes before and after it. This did nothing to help the show's ratings and frustrated fans so much that one of the big announcements from Marvel was that the last batch of Season 1 episodes would be shown without any interruption. Thankfully, the show was renewed (it helps that it's part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse juggernaut) and Marvel was keen to point out that the second season would be broadcast in two uninterrupted batches with an eight week winter hiatus when ''Series/AgentCarter'' will be shown. It was also pushed back an hour so that it would no longer be in the same time slot as the #1 drama in the US. But ABC repeated the same mistakes in Season 4 when it showed only two episodes in November (with a three week break in between).
30th Apr '17 1:27:42 PM mimitchi33
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* While most affiliates treated ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' fairly, some affiliates didn't treat the show the same way. The most notable offender was KQED in California, which not only shoved the show in a Saturday morning time slot at 6:30AM, but skipped some episodes that were key points in the series, including "The Magic Key" [[note]] The pilot of the show which explains what the shop's purpose was, introduces the kids and has the children making the goblins escape and finding Noddy and Big Ears. KQED instead began the series with "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Goblins", the camping episode, followed by the second episode, "Monkey Business".[[/note]], "The Fish Story"[[note]] the one where Noah gets a new pet that lives with Johnny[[/note]] and "Anything Can Happen At Christmas"[[note]] the ChristmasEpisode that revealed that Warloworth came from the North Pole[[/note]]. The channel stopped airing the show in March of 2001.

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* While most affiliates treated ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' fairly, some affiliates didn't treat the show the same way. The most notable offender was KQED in California, which not only shoved the show in a Saturday morning time slot at 6:30AM, but skipped some episodes that were key points in the series, including "The Magic Key" [[note]] The pilot of the show which explains what the shop's purpose was, introduces the kids and has the children making the goblins escape and finding Noddy and Big Ears. KQED instead began the series with "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Goblins", the camping episode, followed by the second episode, "Monkey Business".Business"[[/note]], "A Promise Is A Promise" [[note]] The episode where Agatha reveals that she has supernatural abilities related to the ocean [[/note]], "The Fish Story"[[note]] the one where Noah gets a new pet that lives with Johnny[[/note]] and "Anything Can Happen At Christmas"[[note]] the ChristmasEpisode that revealed that Warloworth came from the North Pole[[/note]]. The channel stopped airing the show in March of 2001.
30th Apr '17 1:25:53 PM mimitchi33
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* ''The Adventures of Dudley The Dragon'' got this treatment on many PBS stations that had it. Most of them aired the show in the 6:30AM to 8:30AM timeframe, which was when the target audience was either asleep or getting ready to go to or leaving for school. The show didn't become as popular as it was in it's native country of Canada as a result of this, and it left PBS a year later.



* While most affiliates treated ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' fairly, some affiliates didn't treat the show the same way. The most notable offender was KQED in California, which not only shoved the show in a Saturday morning time slot at 6:30AM, but skipped some episodes that were key points in the series, including "The Magic Key" [[note]] The pilot of the show which explains what the shop's purpose was, introduces the kids and has the children making the goblins escape and finding Noddy and Big Ears. KQED instead began the series with "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Goblins", the camping episode, followed by the second episode, "Monkey Business".[[/note]], "The Fish Story"[[note]] the one where Noah gets a new pet that lives with Johnny[[/note]] and "Anything Can Happen At Christmas"[[note]] the ChristmasEpisode that revealed that Warloworth came from the North Pole[[/note]]. The channel stopped airing the show in March of 2001.



* While most affiliates treated ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' fairly, some affiliates didn't treat the show the same way. The most notable offender was KQED in California, which not only shoved the show in a Saturday morning time slot at 6:30AM, but skipped some episodes that were key points in the series, including "The Magic Key" [[note]] The pilot of the show which explains what the shop's purpose was, introduces the kids and has the children making the goblins escape and finding Noddy and Big Ears. KQED instead began the series with "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Goblins", the camping episode.[[/note]], "The Fish Story"[[note]] the one where Noah gets a new pet that lives with Johnny[[/note]] and "Anything Can Happen At Christmas"[[note]] the ChristmasEpisode that revealed that Warloworth came from the North Pole[[/note]]. The channel stopped airing the show in March of 2001.
25th Apr '17 8:22:25 AM yeet
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* ''Series/Class'', a spin-off of Doctor Who, was given almost no advertising and ludicrously odd timeslots for a young adult show, by some accounts due to the fact that there are precisely zero straight white men in the regular cast.
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