|Posted: 26 July 2019 at 5:40pm | IP Logged | 4
Here is why DESIGNATED SURVIVOR was cancelled:
As of this year (specifically, June), Netflix is placing a greater weight on a show's cost vs. its performance in key areas: gaining new subscribers or attracting subscribers who watch infrequently (and, therefore, are considered at-risk of cancelling).
If a show isn't a) drawing new subscribers or b) attracting subscribers who don't watch much Netflix, it's a candidate for cancellation. Buzz and critical acclaim are not priorities, nor is attracting regular Netflix viewers.
That goes double for shows Netflix acquires from elsewhere, rather than homegrown product like STRANGER THINGS.
Additionally, Netflix' data shows that its series in their 3rd season rarely attract new viewers and often lose existing ones, yet that is where costs increase as creative talent looks to renegotiate deals and payoffs kick in for execs with long-term deals.
I have a friend working on the production and am disappointed for him, but without Netflix, it's likely there would not have been a 3rd season of the show at all.