Of the six episodes of Clerks: The Animated Series that were actually made, only episodes four and two were actually aired, in that order. This despite the number of running gags and ongoing plotlines that the series had, and the fact that the second episode makes sense only if you have seen the first (it's a parody of clip shows, because they only have one episode to mine for clips). All six episodes — with vitriolic commentaries — were later released on DVD.
Comedy Central later showed all six episodes in 2002, before also shoving the series aside. [adult swim] picked it up in November 2008, airing one episode every Friday night for about six months straight.
Recess was once Adored by the Network. But Walt Disney Television decided to end the series in 2001, not for any issue with ratings (actually, the ratings for the show were higher than any other Saturday Morning Cartoon at the time, and for a while, the highest rated Saturday morning cartoon), but because there was a policy to end a show once it reached 65 episodes. And it doesn't matter how popular it was, it had to end with 65.
Sonic Sat AM suffered this badly. It's entire first season was plauged by preempts from college football. Then, when the second season hit, it turned out that it was a major contender against Fox's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Then, a new head honcho came in, actually declared that he was sweeping out everything connected to the old guy... and did so. Sonic would be driven out in favor of those within "One Saturday Morning" and Power Rangers would begin its 10-year romp on Fox.
CBS screwed over its own cartoon lineup in 1994 with budget cuts, so it could have a live-action line-up to compete with TNBC (note that CBS was third place —even fourth sometimes— in ratings back then). It was really bad in the case of Garfield and Friends which was still going strong in the ratings after seven seasons, the show's creators were so outraged by the poor treatment that they decided to end the show rather then letting it suffer from budget cutbacks. For unknown reasons the planned live-action block never materialized, with a revamped cartoon block taking over.
Later on, in 1998, they had a block of Saturday Morning cartoons, The Early Show for two hours, then another two-hour cartoon block led off by Birdz. That show was the first to go, getting replaced in spring 1999 with a cartoon based on Fisher-Price's Rescue Heroes toys.
And when it screwed over Kewlopolis, all DiC cartoons including Strawberry Shortcake got the short stick. While most of the shows have already ended production and fully aired at least once when Kewlopolis got cancelled, Strawberry Shortcake had just finished airing it's third season on Kewlpolis and was about to air Season 4, the final season, when it got the boot. Adding to the complication was the four-way lawsuit between American Greetings, DiC, Cookie Jar, and Moonscoop over the franchise' ownership. Luckily tho, the DVD releases did not stop- and it became the only way Americans could watch the fourth season, which only wrapped up in 2012, 5 years after the series finale aired in Europe!
Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?. In season two, Cartoon Network thought 10:30pm was an appropriate time to air new episodes with the ONLY reruns being Sunday at 4pm. They also changed Robot's voice to sound like a human kid (because they got into a lawsuit with Apple, who claimed that they were using one of their text-to-speech voices without permission), which was a major turn off for most people. The website no longer even mentions the show's existence.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast had a very messy schedule after the sixth season with literally many months between new episodes to the point where it ended without much fanfare.
Ever since the Cartoon Network's Network Decay went into full effect (and despite that it had died down since CN Real failed), action cartoons haven't seen a lot of luck on the network.
Robotomy. Although it was slightly justified due to the show being expensive to produce, Cartoon Network constantly kicked it around by cancelling reruns and not showing many promos for it. After the last episode of the first series was screened, CN dropped the show, removed all evidence that they had ever screened it, and never even showed reruns (though one episode did air on a January 11th, 2013 episode of the installment show Cartoon Planet. The episode that aired was "Bling Thing"note The episode where Thrasher and Blastus sell their coolant so they can get upgrades and be popular in school.
Interestingly, It was added to Netflix on March 30th, 2013 as part of Cartoon Network's deal that finally gets their shows on the streaming service.)
Sym-Bionic Titan. First, it was moved off the Friday night action block to Wednesdays at 7pm, which is an incredibly awkward timeslot. Then it was moved to Saturday mornings at 9:30am, with absolutely no advance warning. After that, it was cancelled because it wasn't selling toys, even though there no toys even made for it (rumor has it that no toy company would produce it due to a female lead in what would otherwise be a "boys'" property being considered unprofitable) and creator Genndy Tartakovsky has left Cartoon Network for Sony Pictures. Though given that another CN property has had toys made for its female leads and villains (Young Justice) that excuse seems odd to say the least.
It's been said that the real reason the show was cancelled was because of a dispute between Cartoon Network and Tartakovsky regarding the tone of the show.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars has also been getting minimal coverage, and looks likely to be replaced towards the end of the season, despite once being a network favorite (though this could be due to Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm and as a result moving networks). Starting from Season 5, it's aired during the Saturday morning timeslot.
Want to watch The Clone Wars on The CW? Well, you'll have to stay up until MIDNIGHT on Saturday and Sunday to catch it—-the network is screwing it even worse than Cartoon Network has. It used to air after the Vortexx block before getting bumped to the midnight death zone.
And with the recent upfront appearing to lack the return of the show, this show is all but cancelled. Though, there was a chance it moves toDisney XD. However, given the treatment of Motorcity and TRON: Uprising... It's now official - Clone Warsis done as an ongoing series. But according to the producers, there is as-yet-unaired material that doesn't have a set release date yet. Very confusing indeed...
And now it's been confirmed that The Clone Wars will be airing reruns on Toonami, though at the request of [adult swim], certain episodes will be skipped.
In addition, a second season of Thundercats 2011 is in limbo despite good ratings since CN apparently couldn’t find a toyline, despite promises that the show was supposed to get 52 episodes (it got 26).
It was officially canned by Cartoon Network in March of 2013. By the way, the series left on a twist that didn't resolve any of the major plot points. Toonami managed to bring the show back for reruns, but due to the loss of airing rights, its second run was cut short and it was replaced by Sword Art Online.
The DC Nation shows Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series got hit by this. The first season of Young Justice took over a year to air due to multiple hiatuses, and the second season began airing with little fanfare the week following the season finale. Green Lantern ran its first 13-episode arc without interruption before a break. Young Justice then went seven episodes before getting slapped with another hiatus. After coming back from the summer hiatus, along with the premiere of the next Green Lantern arc, the entire block was pulled a mere two episodes in, scheduled to return in January 2013. The schedule change happened on the very day that new episodes were supposed to air, and not even the showrunners were told. Three weeks after they returned, Cartoon Network sprang on their viewers that both shows have been cancelled, their final outings making the whole block's Humiliation Conga that much more bitter.
The worst thing of it all is that what ratings data is available for Cartoon Network indicates that Young Justice is consistently among the network's ten highest rated telecasts on a weekly basis, both before and after the fall 2012 hiatus, with Green Lantern generally not too far behind.
Even worse still, this has not ended with the above two shows. One of the shows used as a replacement, Beware the Batman, has received the exact same treatment. While the relatively grim and serious Beware only airs on one other bizarre Sunday slot besides its equally bizarre Saturday morning slot on DC Nation AND has been given little to no advertising at all, the cheap-to-produce Flash-animated comedy Teen Titans Go! has been given a prime time slot as well as rerunning on Saturday mornings and has been advertised heavily. The show has also been subject to a couple two-week hiatuses, which at first seemed like a welcome change from Young Justice's erratic schedule. However, a week before the show's second two-week hiatus was set to end, the show was abruptly pulled from the schedule entirely without a single word of notice from anyone except Anthony Ruivivar, the lead voice actor, over Twitter, who didn't even know it had been pulled until after telling another fan that the new episode would indeed air on Saturday. Now the show isn't scheduled to return until January 2014. All of this adds up to prove that even Batman, one of WB's most venerable Cash Cow Franchise, is not immune to Cartoon Network's bizarre lack of faith in action cartoons.
Megas XLR, which actually had some fairly decent ratings. It was planned for a third season but quietly cancelled when the network switched CEOs, because the new head cheese didn't "get it." Plus, a DVD box set was later planned, by the same guy, to satiate all the people who got mad, demanding some kind of revival (new season, video release, made for TV movie, etc.) but this, too, was stymied when yet another network-head took over, feeling it was a waste of company resources. All this amounts to: Network heads have too much clout.
Motorcity, its spiritual successor, seems to have suffered the same fate on Disney XD.
Titmouse and Williams Street both tried to either convince the CN to let them air episodes on Adult Swim (due to high demand, no less) or at least purchase the rights to the show. Their response? A letter informing them that all inquiries of the show, at all, will be ignored. They simply do not want the show to see the light of day ever again, since they won't show reruns and refuse to give up the rights.
Toonami really was hit bad by this. First it was moved from weekday afternoons to Saturday's only. Then, in 2007, the entire block had an abrupt visual makeover, dropping Sara and the Absolution without explanations (replacing them with two robot sidekicks and a jungle setting), and replacing the popular Tom 3.0◊ designs with the much less popular Tom 4.0◊. The ratings tanked (fans assumed it was partly because the redesigns, its flagship Naruto was going through its infamously bad hundred-episode filler arc, and moving the block to air only on Saturdays with nothing but reruns. The Toonami staff, through Toonami's Tumblr state it was mainly because of budget cuts and the network retool and that Naruto had nothing to do with it...though that doesn't stop fans from still claiming that the filler arc still had nearly everything to do with it, much to Toonami head Jason De Marco's constant displeasure), causing the block's cancellation.
Toonami's sister block Miguzi was hit harder. A lot of fans had hated the fact that Miguzi replaced Toonami during weekdays, but most of them started to enjoy the new block thanks to new shows like Code Lyoko and Totally Spies! as well as famous shows like Teen Titans and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003). Miguzi even managed to give us anime such as Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Zatch Bell!. However, Miguzi's budget was cut, so they used new animation and left out flalgirl Erin, leaving only the monsters, which fans disliked. Eventually, Miguzi was screwed over, leaving its shows to be scattered/moved to another channel/canceled, and one and a half years later, Toonami suffered the same fate.
On a related note, the show that suffered from this the most was Code Lyoko. Code Lyoko was a action/scfi/comedy series about five friends teaming up to fight a evil computer program inside a supercomputer which threatened the world. Fans instantly adored the show. In 2006, it became Cartoon Network's third most watched show and eventually grew more popular as a series as its second and third seasons gained more views. (It's home country France had this show insanely popular there too. However, when Miguzi ended, Code Lyoko was in its fourth season and was forced into summer and action Friday blocks before those two disappeared. Then the network decided to skip episode 78, making those who saw 79 made it look like an Ass Pull. Code Lyoko met its end when CN ended the show with episode 88, despite the fact that they only had 6 episodes left to finish (luckily for us, the show's seven missed episodes were placed on their website). The show was put on at reruns at 6 AM IN THE MORNING until it faded away. Then it was revealed that an executive of Cartoon Network purposely disliked the show in its entirety. Fans were pissed about it.
The snub by CN was one of the reasons why Code Lyoko Evolution was slated to only air on the Moonscoop-owned Kabillion (as of this writing, the English-dubbed series has not been aired in America yet).
How about The Iron Giant? Warner had no idea what to do with the movie so they gave it no promotion and no tie-ins. Director Brad Bird said "a mis-marketing campaign of epic proportions at the hands of Warner Bros., they simply didn't realize what they had on their hands." The film was greatly praised by critics and found a home with Cartoon Network broadcasts and home video.
Same story with the Powerpuff Girls Movie. CN gave it major promotion on its channel cause of course, it was the first of their shows to get a theatrical run. Even flipping AMC and TNT helped them out with special promotions. But Warner Bros barely gave any mention of the movie outside the channel and the film couldn't reach a wider audience due to it. The movie sadly tanked (though reportedly did good in Japan as a Direct-to-Video release) and CN, having lost money in the deal, has avoided giving any of their shows a theater movie since (not helped by the boom of CGI animation). All planned movies for other CN shows (such as Codename: Kids Next Door and Ed, Ed & Eddy) were shifted into TV Movie production.
All season four episodes of The Garfield Show aired at 10:00AM, when the target audience was in school.
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee really got hit with this in its last two seasons. Like a lot of their shows, it was shuffled around the schedule and barely given any mention of new episodes . By the third season, CN didn't even see fit to advertise when a new episode was upcoming yet played it on Fridays anyway. The final insult came when the last two episodes were punted onto their video streaming service before canceling the show altogether.
Frisky Dingo. Adult Swim simply refused to sign the contract for a 3rd season, killing the show on very short notice while making the fans think it was a choice between Frisky Dingo or a spinoff featuring the Xtacles. It's still not clear why. The Xtacles spinoff only lasted two episodes before 70/30 Productions went out of business.
Adult Swim also pulled the plug on Stroker and Hoop, refusing to renew it for its second season and leaving the show off with No Ending.
Loren Bouchard's Lucy, Daughter of the Devil was planned for a second season, but Adult Swim got cold feet about the budget and decided to not allocate the funds for more episodes.
Time Squad has a mysterious history about what exactly went wrong. What little records of the show's ratings we have they state that Time Squad did rather well for itself gaining numbers like 5.0 on their premier nights on the Fridays block. But around early 2002 after getting re-newed for its second season, the unexpected news broke out that it was canceled and from then on CN had made it their business to run the show into obscurity. One reason long speculated was that the show had control issues with the producers and director, Dave Wasson, with the storyboard crew and with CN executives. Another is because of the episode "Orphan Substitute," as it dealt with President George W. Bush and the bizarrely cruel sub-plot of abandoning Otto. A third reason could be that Time Squad simply could not grab the attention of toy companies and merchandise rights like the more popular toons at the time. But no one knows for sure, and no one has come forward to say what actually happened. CN eventually started misplacing new episodes and and dragged the show on for an entire year and a half so everyone would forget it and to give the show a final blow sent it to the death slot of the early morning hours by 2004 (though having Time Squad moved to the early-morning hours after [adult swim] can also be interpreted as a censorship measure that didn't involve Bowdlerization, as Time Squad was so packed with risque content that Cartoon Network couldn't put it on during daytime hoursnote though that hasn't stopped them before.
It seems that Cartoon Network has a tendency to screw over almost all of Fresh TV's animated shows that air on their channel.
With 6teen, they aired the episodes massively out of order from one another (Dude of the Living Dead was the series premiere in October 2008 while the actual pilot episode didn't air until April of the following year) as well as removing some episodes due to the content involved in them (e.g. references of homosexuality as well as the occasional mentions of tampons). They aired the final season from April through June of 2010 (with one episode being removed due to a character being homosexual) and continued to air reruns of the past episodes up until early 2011 when the show was permanently taken off their schedule.
Stoked had it worse. The first episode premiered in mid July of 2009 and continued to air weekly (all but two of them were in the correct order) up until early November when the show was put on a hiatus until late June of 2010 to fill in the spot previously occupied by 6teen before it's series finale. Then all of a sudden the show is abruptly taken off in late July and replaced with reruns of the newest episodes of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated that had just aired several hours prior leaving four episodes of Season 1 as well as the entirety of Season 2 unaired in America.
Thank God for Australian fans of the show who keep Keep Circulating the Tapes on YouTube as well as streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu which both offer every episode of the series.
Comedy Central's broadcast schedule for Drawn Together was erratic, to say the least. When new episodes were not being screened, the show would often be off the schedule for months. Many viewers assumed the show was cancelled long before it actually was. It also had a gap of over a year between the first and second seasons. And one almost as long between the two halves of season 3.
Blazing Dragons, a British animated show that portrayed the knights of King Arthur's Court as a bunch of incompetent dragons, was aired on Disney for a while, but was dropped in a time slot that was so late at night/early in the morning that it was rarely seen before being quietly scuttled away.
Motorcity, a well-animated Flash series about a hot-rod gang defending Motorcity from Detroit Deluxe's dictatorship. The show received the axe before the first season even finished being aired!
TRON: Uprising got postponed several months only seven episodes in, got postponed another month three episodes after that, and got shunted to a midnight timeslot on Mondays upon its return. Word has it that it won't get renewed for a second season, but the final three episodes are still scheduled to air.
Disney Junior screwed PB&J Otter up by airing Jake and the Neverland Pirates reruns in November, and just recently, putting it on at 2:30AM on Sundays, where no one would watch a program, especially at that time.
Cartoons based on Marvel Comics have, in recent years, been hit with his. For some shows, most notably The Spectacular Spider-Man and Wolverine and the X-Men, this was due to Disney taking over Marvel and, as such, axing any TV show that requires them to pay another company for. For other shows, such as Iron Man: Armored Adventures and X-Men: Evolution though, they just silently end the series without any announcement. Evolution is notable for the final season, which while resolving the Apocalypse plot arc that had been building up since season two, had a notably shorter episode count (with just nine episodes, compared the previous seasons which had an average of around double that), and was filled with several one shot story episodes that, really, ended with a lot of lose plot threads. Steven Gordon, Evolution's head character designer and occasional director and writer, has stated that, while he believes the show ended well, he does have some hard feelings for Marvel's decision to end it, as he noted they didn't appear to really care for the show at all despite many of the show's aspects and a certain original character later being adopted by Marvel's writers later.
Minor correction, but EMH did not have great ratings. Part of the reason it got the axe was that Disney was disappointed with the low ratings among Disney XD's target demographic.
Despite having a strong narrative and greatly improving with the second season, the television adaption of W.I.T.C.H. was canceled despite a very obvious Sequel Hook at the end of season two. According to one of the crew that worked on the show, this was because the new higher-ups didn't like the show's premise and wanted to make way for more live-action sitcoms on Disney Channel. The fact that Greg Weisman worked on the show's second season should be no surprise at this point.
Futurama has got to be one of the few examples that has also come back with a vengeance (next to Family Guy, which premiered around the same time as Futurama and suffered a similar fate of getting canceled by FOX and revived thanks to the power of cable TV). After four seasons of being pre-empted by sports and inconsistent airing dates, which were often changed due to increasingly poor viewer ratings (but were probably caused by the continually-inconvenient timeslots) and little publicity from the network, FOX just decided to cease production of the show after the episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" in 2003. Rumor has it that FOX didn't even tell the cast or crew which episode would be their last. The show was then constantly rerun for the next four years on [adult swim], which gave it enough reason for the crew members to create four made-for-DVD movies. Despite Family Guy coming back first and what seemed like an eternity in TV limbo, Futurama is now back on TV, with Comedy Central as its new home — until it was recently announced that Comedy Central was pulling the plug on the series. Matt Groening says he's going to once again find a new home for the show, even though the series is going to end with Fry and Leela finally getting married, and that is always a classic Series Finale device.
Family Guy was constantly being cancelled or moved in its early seasons, and was eventually cancelled — twice. No other show had ever been brought back on the same network after being cancelled twice, as doing so requires too much admission of having made an error or a large fanbase clamoring for it to be brought back. A cult fan following developed through [adult swim]'s reruns and the combination of ratings and phenomenal DVD sales convinced the Fox executives to revive the show. Now it's Adored by the Network as much as The Simpsons and American Idol.
In the network's defense, Father of the Pride was incredibly expensive, critics mostly saw it as a joke, and it happened to air around the time that Roy Horn (of Siegfried and Roy) was attacked by his white tiger and nearly died. In this case, it was more "The show was taken off because it wasn't doing well in ratings and was cutting into the network's budget."
King of the Hill one of the longest running series second only to The Simpsons, but was hardly promoted during the later years of its run. Advertisements for the "Animation Domination" block it was on would come on, and the other shows on the block (The Simpsons, Family Guy, and others) would have the plots for the upcoming episodes announced, but King of the Hill would barely get a side mention. FOX even did try to cancel it, but fan protest had them hold onto it for a few more years.
From Season 3 onward King of the Hill was routinely Screwed by the Network. Initially the show occupied an 8:30 timeslot between The Simpsons and The X-Files at the height of those shows' popularity. Not surprisingly it garnered huge ratings. For season three however it went to Thursday night against NBC's live action shows. Viewership plummeted. Fox then moved it to Sunday at 7:30, where it was constantly pre-empted by sports. Only in its next-to-last season did the show return to 8:30. That's not mentioning the cancellation merry-go-round of the last three/four seasons.
American Dad! got this treatment from FOX for the longest time, and still does, to some extent, to the point where the network chose not to pick up the show for the 2014-15 season (it will Channel Hop to TBS, but with an abbreviated season of fifteen episodes). New episodes of the show don't get much promotion and they tend to get the worst time slot. While The Cleveland Show, which was hasn't had as much critical acclaim from critics and fans and doesn't usually get very good ratings, got a ton of promotion, new episodes of American Dad didn't get announced as often and unlike episodes of The Cleveland Show, they wouldn't usually get their plot synopsis' and guest stars announced in the advertisements. There was even a period in early 2011 where American Dad was demoted to 7:30, usually the fate of shows on their way out, while Fox debuted Bob's Burgers in the post-Simpsons timeslot and sent Cleveland behind Family Guy. American Dad still manages to hold on, but it clearly isn't as loved by FOX as much as the other shows in the main block. (the creators of the show even stated that the season 7 opening episode, which ends with Stan and Francine dead, was originally intended as a series finale because at the time, they didn't know if they'd be getting another season).
This treatment actually flipped after Cleveland's post-Family Guy run, when it was sent to the 7:30 slot in fall 2011 so the network could try out new shows in the post-Simpsons slot, while American Dad has moved back behind Family Guy and remains there to this day. It also got full plot synopses and guest star promotion reinstated - at the cost of the same for The Cleveland Show. With ratings eroding rapidly for The Cleveland Show and every other Animation Domination show (including Bob's Burgers) already renewed for 2013-14, and a new show looming over the horizon (possibly the Flintstones revival that Seth MacFarlane was working on and would have been the replacement show for The Simpsons), it seems as if (and has been confirmed that) The Cleveland Show is no more.
Sit Down, Shut Up (The U.S. version). The show received a ton of promotion and had a nice cozy timeslot sandwiched between Fox's hardhitter cartoons, The Simpsons and Family Guy. Despite this, the show received poor ratings, got largely negative reviews about the show being nothing but vulgarity with little to no redeeming qualities, was relocated to Fox's graveyard hour (the very timeslot that killed Futurama) and even had an episode removed from airing on Sunday due to risky content. The show itself was eventually pulled from Sundays and announced canceled. However, the rest of the series was allowed to air on Saturdays at 12:00 AM and continued to rerun there until Spring when Comedy Central picked up the rights to the show.
The horrific treatment Daria got at the hands of MTV. No consistent time slot, frequently preempted by an episode of The Real World or Road Rules, and finally buried, seemingly never to be released on DVD (save for the releases of the TV movies Is It Fall Yet? and Is It College Yet?). It was rerun on the teen channel The-N, but nearly all the episodes were edited for content or banned. It wouldn't be until many years (and many hours of trying to edit out the music due to copyright/licensing issues that were preventing Daria from getting released in the first place) later that Daria would get the DVD release it deserved.
In late 2011, MTV started to redeem themselves with Good Vibes and brand-new episodes of Beavis And Butthead. It didn't last for long though, as of 2012, both of them were taken off the air so MTV could make room for more reality shows, and because Good Vibes was a victim of the Friday Night Death Slot (technically, it was on Thursdays, but it was aired at a time in which most people would be away from home or possibly asleep). Not to mention, all episodes of the latter from the second episode onwards were aired Out of Order rather than in chronological order.
Undergrads and Clone High both got poor treatment, being cancelled after only a few episodes. Both series ultimately went on to do about a dozen episodes each and became minor cult hits on other networks like Cartoon Network and Teletoon in Canada.
Downtown received rave reviews and was nominated for an Emmy in 2000, but its last episode aired in November 1999 after frequent timeslot changes and subsequent iffy ratings. MTV's dicking around annoyed co-creator George Krstic to the point that he stuck a bunch of thinly veiled Take Thats to MTV in a later series he co-created, Megas XLR.
Here are linked examples of shows: Yo Yogi!, Captain N: The Game Master, Super Mario World, and other popular animated shows all ended getting spoiled and later axed by NBC because they no longer considered cartoons profitable for them. They cut their budget so drastically that it affected their programs dramatically. First, Yo Yogi! and Super Mario World ended up lasting only thirteen episodes and suffered cheap animation and bad writing (especially Yo Yogi!, which was said to be so bad that it was the reason why NBC stopped airing Saturday morning cartoons). In addition, Captain N's third season had shorter plots and also suffered from bad animation and worse writing, and it had many key elements missing. After all this madness, NBC scrapped the block entirely one year later and drove away from the cartoon industry in favor of their line-up of teen shows.
NBC's handling of the UK/New Zealand production Stressed Eric basically consisted of "remove nearly every trace of the show's cultural identity and turn it into a ripoff of The Simpsons". Burned off into the summer of 1998 (and even banned by some NBC affiliates), it was lambasted by critics and died quickly. The second season never aired in the US.
Hey Arnold! was cancelled despite no apparent ratings issues, over a new show that was ultimately never picked up. Craig Bartlett, the show creator (and brother-in-law of Simpsons creator, Matt Groening), defected to Cartoon Network to create a show called Party Wagon about Oregon settlers. This made Nickelodeon executives angry, as Bartlett was supposed to sign an exclusivity contract with the network and create a second movie to Hey Arnoldnote which allegedly would be about Arnold finding out what happened to his missing parents. Some speculate the first movie was such a failure that it killed any chance of a proper series finale (whether in the form of a sequel movie or a TV series revival) and spend their days weeping over What Could Have Been.
To make matters worse, Party Wagon was itself screwed over by Cartoon Network, who aired the pilot as a Made-for-TV Movie in a horrible timeslot with little to no promotion.
The Angry Beavers had a series finale called "Bye Bye Beavers" that leaned on the fourth wall by having Norbert and Daggett discover that they're actors on a TV show and that their adventures have been used as episodes. Because it violated a Nickelodeon rule against meta-references in cartoons (and had a lot of burns against the network), the show was canned and the episode in question never aired.
The Actors Audio has survived and can be found and listened to on Youtube.
The Fairly OddParents: After years of being Adored by the Network, it seems that Nickelodeon is slowly falling out of love with it. In 2010, there were very, very few new episodes shown, at least in the United States. A year-long celebration of the show was announced for 2011, but nothing of the sort happened (with only the Grow Up, Timmy Turner live-action TV movie, the movie-length "Timmy's Secret Wish", and four new episodes that year) and a number of shows from the seventh season aired years after premiering in other countries, then in 2012, no new episodes were aired period (not counting the sequel to the live-action film). It wasn't until 2013 that Season 9 finally began airing, so far things are looking to be improving.
Danny Phantom was treated pretty badly during its final season. Not only was one of the main writers fired, but Nick decided to air the mid-season episode Urban Jungle several months before any other episodes. Then, when they FINALLY aired the rest of season 3, it was at a random, mid-afternoon slot over the space of about two weeks. As if the Network wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible.
Invader Zim was cancelled from Nickelodeon quite quickly due to the network executives receiving many complaints that it was too scary for children and it wasn't getting the kid audience it wanted. It did get a sizable teen/college student audience, though. The show was expensive to produce so even a small slip in ratings was enough to justify cancellation. The show could've stood a chance if it was marketed toward an older audience and moved to the timeslot intended for older viewers, but apparently the executives didn't think of that. (or They Just Didn't Care)
What makes things doubly frustrating is that the creators of Invader Zim were asked by the network to make a series that would appeal to older viewers. They got exactly what they wanted and cancelled it anyways.
Making Fiends was originally a web cartoon. Nickelodeon decided to make it into the show and told the creator, Amy Winfrey, it'd be on Nick. At the last moment they put the show on the sister network, Nicktoons, which injured its audience. Despite the fact Making Fiends was Nicktoons' most successful original show it only garnered six episodes. Word of God is that seven more exist but Nick refuses to release them.
Speaking of SpongeBob, Nicktoons only airs the show on weekdays at midnight for one hour. On weekends, another show like Danny Phantom or Wild Grinders replaces it. It's been like this for almost a whole year. Way to upset the kiddies, Nicktoons!
Rugrats, which was once Adored by the Network, has suffered this a lot, since the early 2000s. Due to the growing popularity of SpongeBob SquarePants during the early 2000s, Nick began to undermine Rugrats somewhere around 2002, and it only got worse. Eventually, they cancelled it, they hardly aired reruns of the show, aired SpongeBob marathons as soon as SpongeBob was Un-Cancelled, and hardly acknowledge Rugrats at all. Even to the extent of scheduling reruns of the show, and then replacing them with either Victorious repeats, or Jimmy Timmy Power Hour. When it did have reruns, they aired early in the morning, and despite high ratings, Nickelodeon hasn't done much to acknowledge it.
Rumour has it that the sole reason Rugrats was Screwed By the Network was to make sure that SpongeBob would overrun it in terms of popularity, meaning that the Nickelodeon execs had this plan sorted out all along, even before SpongeBob was Un-Cancelled. It doesn't help that SpongeBob's longevity has enabled it to overtake Rugrats's crown as the network's longest-running Nicktoon in terms of episodes.
This rumour is somewhat justified considering that Klasky-Csupo, who helped put Nickelodeon on the map in the 90s and early 2000s with Rugratsandtheirotheranimatedshows, has dropped off the radar into obscurity not long after said shows ended in the mid-2000s (which, like Rugrats, have also seen little-to-no reruns on Nick or it's sister channels). As Klasky Csupo proceeded to shut down production on all of their shows airing at that time, they created several pilots for new animated series and pitched them to Nick and it's sister channels...only to see none of them picked up. The company wasn't heard from again until 2012, with a webcomic about their Vanity Plate the only noteworthy thing the company is working on. So in a sense, it's possible SpongeBob was responsible for an entire animation studio getting screwed over by Nickelodeon.
The. Brothers.Flub. This show was shown on Sunday afternoons at 4 PM for a season, and never got any reruns. It was cancelled in the blink of an eye, and quickly forgotten. A Wikipedia article wasn't even made until 2008. For a long time, the only remains of it existing were the Sony Wonder VHS releases of the series, until 2012 when the entire series popped up on children's media website Kidobi, one of the last places anyone would think to look.
Tuff Puppy is one of the most decent shows to hit the network, and was even the second most popular show for a while, then for some weird reason, Nick suddenly dropped the show like it suddenly came down with a bad case of malaria. New episodes rarely getting aired or promoted, and, if they are, often get preepmted with SpongeBob reruns.
Planet Sheen has been treated pretty badly, taking no less than THREE years to air all 26 episodes of the first season, the airing of new episodes was so erratic that many people did not know the show was even still on the air and it's currently unknown if there will be a second season.
Robot And Monster hasn't had any new episodes aired since December 2012, and there are only two more episodes of season 1 that have yet to be aired.
Whether it was intentional or not, Nickelodeon dropped the ball with Book 2 of The Legend of Korra. It received less advertising than Book 1 and was also placed firmly in the Friday Night Death Slot. Ratings for the Book 2 premiere were about half of the Book 1 premiere. Then they moved the show to a later time, again with minimal advertising, and the ratings dropped by half again. See the numbers here.
It also recently advertised a "marathon" that would begin a half-hour before its new timeslot at 8:30. The "marathon" was only one hour long and consisted of two new episodes, Beginnings 1 and 2. Immediately after those two episodes aired, the show was changed to yet another timeslot! It now begins at 8:00. Amazingly, it worked!
KaBlam!. Where to begin? After the first season, Nickelodeon barely acknowleged the show in favor of its' other programs. It's timeslot was inconsistant, it recieved very little promotion throughout all four seasons it aired (With the exception of Henry and June hosting various blocks of Nickelodeon shows), and after its' cancellation from low ratings, Nickelodeon tried its' hardest to make sure that no one knew the show existed. It was reran on Nicktoons from 2002 (When the network was launched) to 2005, but with half of the episodes missing due to uknown reasons (Leaving these episodes to have very rumored reasons on the internet, most of them either untrue or unconfirmed, though the only one with a reason was "I Just Don't Get It!" due to the terrorism theme in that episode's installment of Action League Now! which caused it to be banned after 9/11 in the US). And no, it hasn't aired on The '90s are All That, either.
To add isult to injury, the show is the only Nicktoon without any official releases on VHS, DVD, or iTunes (And contrary to popular belief, it's not due to Nickelodeon having to pay royalties for the individual shorts- one of the creators of one short on a now defunct fansite said that Nickelodeon owns all the rights to the individual shorts (even Angela Anaconda, which got a Spin-Off on a different, non-affiliated network)).
UPN started airing Dilbert, an animated adaptation of Scott Adams's mega-hit comic strip. At first they seemed very proud of it, all advertisements for all their network shows ended with "On UPN: Dilbert's network". Then they moved it up and ran it after a show called Shasta McNasty, which, in the words of Scott Adams, drew the kind of audience "likely to die in a bowling ball cleaning accident." Then they bumped it up even further, putting it after both McNasty and a hour-long program on extreme stunts — which is exactly the kind of slot you want for a sardonic office comedy.
The little-known French cartoon Wheel Squad. It reaches The Brothers Flub levels of this.
Any good animated or kids series airing on Malaysian free-to-air TV is bound to suffer this, while the more mediocre shows get to stay on for longer than they should. Privately-owned NTV7 and the government-owned RTM stations are the worst offenders. Examples:
Rugrats: When they moved to NTV7 from MetroVision (now 8TV) after a four year hiatus, this happened. Episodes were randomly censored (you may ask: it's a harmless kids cartoon! What could they possibly censor? Well, the infamous Zoo Story episode has all scenes containing pigs cut off- despite the same episode airing on Nickelodeon Asia, which is available in Malaysia, uncut). The show stopped airing on Terrestrial TV in Malaysia four years before Nickelodeon would end the show once and for all.
Arthur: Did not make it past season four (though season five did air on Disney Channel Asia before canning the show entirely). In other countries, the show has made it to season 18 as of late 2013 and new episodes are still being produced.
Caillou - Totally screwed by NTV 7, with only the original 5-minute shorts were aired. The forty episodes in between were dropped and the show was quickly replaced by Rocky and Bullwinkle.
Dragon Tales: Episodes skipped, random pre-empting of slot and did not pause the master tapes when cutting into ads, causing large amount of scenes to go missing. And they did not bother bringing in Season 2 onwards. It was on RTM 1.
Between the Lions: same treatment as Dragon Tales, and halfway through airing, its slot was pre-empted for a whopping 6 months. It was on RTM 2.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has the dubious honor of not only being the latest show to be screwed by NTV 7, but also to be screwed before it could even air: it was replaced with Lily The Witch in the last minute on the day and the slot it was supposed to premiere. The show ID overlay still read My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic even though the airing show was something different. The show finally started airing in July 2012, but with the same problem that US viewers faced with the Hub two years ago taken to extremes: not only it's aired at 8:30 AM on Saturdays, that's it's only one time slot in the week. Miss it? God help you, especially with The Pirate Bay and various online file lockers blocked by the MCMC's internet censorship... note if you do end up missing it, there's always YouTube, although whether the video would load or display a notice saying that it has been blocked from your country is a different matter...
Cinémoi seems to be doing this with all three cartoons on their channel, especially The New Adventures of Lucky Luke; they've been showing the same 25/26 episodes (out of a total of 56) since the channel debuted on DTV in the US, the title of "A Better World for the Daltons" note an episode that deals with a Communist trying to recruit the Dalton brothers was inexplicably changed to "Flower Power for the Daltons" note a title that implies the Daltons become hippies; nothing of the sort happens in the episode, "The Daltons' Treasure" has sound-syncing problems, "Indian Roulette" and "The Last of the Buffalo" have commercials airing in the middle of the episode (most episodes wait until after the show ends to air the ads), and "For a Fistfull of Daltons" is shown twice whenever the lineup reaches it. Also, the episodes are aired at a completely random order, as opposed to the original series' episode listings, and HALF THE SERIES STILL HASN'T AIRED (including the episode that "For a Fistfull of Daltons" replaces), meaning that, ever since Cinemoi joined DTV's lineup in September 2012, they've aired the exact same episodes at LEAST five times by now.
The Magic Roundabout got screwed on Cinémoi when its timeslots were bumped up an hour earlier, in favor of giving Contraptus a full hour instead of three ten-minute shorts before Lucky Luke. Also, both shows have fallen victim to the same eternal rerun cycle as Lucky Luke has. Oh, and these are the only three cartoons on Cinémoi, and they only air in the morning.
Contraptus is listed as airing for a full hour or so on Fridays, even though Lucky Luke still has the timeslot....looks like Cinémoi doesn't really know what to do with the poor lonesome cowboy.
Dan Vs. seems to have been screwed by The Hub. Even though it has great ratings and is considered to be a great and flagship show on the network, it just...stopped after 13 episodes in season 3. The show is currently on "hiatus"...and it's been 4 months since new episodes aired. It was confirmed there would be a season 4 later this year, then Curtis Armstrong, the voice actor of Dan, confirmed on his Facebook that the series had been cancelled.