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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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Neverland Ranch is Back On The Market: Take A Look Around the Amusement Park

Situated in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Monica, California, the almost 3,000 acre plot of land upon which Neverland Ranch was constructed has recently been placed back on the market. Nowadays, the one-time residence of international pop sensation Michael Jackson is going by a new name: Sycamore Valley Ranch. Much of the estate is as it was during the 15 years Jackson called it his home, except for a few glaring differences – namely, the removal of the fun-fair rides that gave the home its whimsical name Neverland Ranch. The very last vestiges of where the carousel once spun are still visible as you go through the grounds. Read on for an in-depth view of the ranch.

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Jim Henson’s ‘The Storyteller’ Set To Return Thanks To Neil Gaiman

As the creator of The Muppets, Jim Henson provided children with countless memories for generations. It's almost impossible to find one person that wasn't enamored with his colorful characters. One author is looking to revive one of his most beloved programs for the small screen. It's Story Time Neil Gaiman has unveiled plans to revive Henson's The Storyteller. For Gaiman,...

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Famous People In History Whose Identities Remain Unknown

The world is a massive place, and despite the connectivity of the world nowadays some things remain a mystery. Legends have been built up around people we have never learned a thing about except the actions that got them noticed, leaving speculation about their true identity. The following people in particular have caught the interest of several generations. The Max...

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