Whats the deal with ratings? why do some tv shows with good ratings/reviews/fanbase get cancelled whilst others with low ratings are still around.
For example Pushing Daisies, which averaged 9million viewers (13m at its best), has been canceled despite a great fanbase, critical acknowlegment and good ratings. However shows such as Dexter only average about 1mill viewers but hasnt been cancelled. dont get me wrong i think dexter is a great programme but im just confused. i would like to know how the system of tv viewership and the lifespan of a show works. I generally thought programs which averaged above the 2mill ratings were popular. I understand if tv progs are euthanised due to poor storylines/ cul de sac etc. i.e. the once great prison break (which still gets good ratings) and heroes which storylines seem to be going down an endless black hole .
Does it depend on the network the program is on, the budget etc. or all of it combined. if budget is the concern, then why does a show like the Tudors (as an example) which must cost a lot of $mula$ keep surviving despite only averaging less than 1 mill viewers. Now with talks of T:TSCC, Dollhouse (which average 3mill pw) about to be cancelled, can someone please shed some light on this matter for me as it has been bugging me since the great modern classic that is Pushing Daises was cruely cut short. Before T:TSCC is killed can someone please put me out of my misery.
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