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If Ratings Don’t Matter, Why Did Netflix Cancel These Popular Shows?

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For years, Netflix insiders have been tight-lipped about the popularity of its original content. This is understandable, given that viewership of individual movies or shows has very little correlation to the streaming platform’s profitability overall. This begs the question: if ratings don’t matter, why are so many programs still getting dropped? Read on for some examples.

Lady Dynamite

The cancellation of autobiographical comedy series Lady Dynamite came as a shock to many, as it had generated acclaim amongst critics and audiences alike in just two seasons. According to showrunner and comedienne Maria Bamford (upon whom the series is based), the time-consuming filming schedule resulted in a lack of new material to pull from.

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The Get Down

Ever since the program was first announced three years ago, Baz Luhrmann’s ambitious musical drama The Get Down was the subject of lots of gossip. The director’s trademark visual exquisiteness earned the series a cult fanbase and even some critical acclaim in its short run. Unfortunately, Luhrmann’s schedule and the show’s massive budget proved unsustainable in the end.

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Gypsy

Gypsy had all the makings of a hit. The thriller series featured Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup, and even Fifty Shades Of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson at the helm. Nevertheless, the show proved quite disappointing to critics, who gave the first season a measly 25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The show was canceled soon after.

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Sense8

Applauded online for its inclusiveness, Sense8 seemed to be one of Netflix’s most-loved projects. This made it quite shocking when the series was suddenly canceled less than a week after The Get Down. However, a fan petition to bring the show back ultimately persuaded the streaming giant to grant Sense8 a proper two-hour finale episode. According to Netflix, it was the show’s huge budget that did it in.

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Disjointed

From day one, Kathy Bates-led sitcom Disjointed was the subject of controversy. Following an intense bidding war, Netflix ordered a whopping 20 episodes along with a generous amount of inter-platform promotion. The series managed to earn an audience rating of 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but critical backlash still proved too strong to warrant more seasons.

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