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Old 08-13-2017, 12:52 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by UMFaninMD
When CBS decided to move Murder, She Wrote from its cushy Sunday night timeslot to Thursdays opposite Friends. At the time CBS was trying to shed its image of being the old people network and those shows that were a hit with older viewers they no longer wanted. It worked, and the show was gone soon after the move.
CBS did the same thing with Rescue 911 in moving it to Thursday Nights at 9 PM from it's Tuesday Night 8 PM home for 6 Seasons. Rescue 911 was a TOP 30 Show from Season 2 thru 5 (1990-1994). The ratings did drop from #29th place in 1993-1994 to #48th place the next season (according to Wikipedia).

For the 1994-1995 TV Season, NBC had started a successful Sitcom Block led by "Wings" and "Newsradio." This unfortunately hurt 911's ratings. From 1991-1994, 911 and ABC's Full House dominated the Tuesday 8 PM timeslot in terms of ratings and NBC was throwing pasta at the wall trying to see what stick.

Back to 911, putting the show up against NBC's Must See TV was wrong. However, even worse than that was taking a 8 PM Family Show and putting it in a Foreign 9 PM timeslot. Also, debuting as a midseason show (Feb '96) hurt too.

Finishing #48 in the ratings was still okay for TV standards, could the show have stayed at 8 PM Tuesday Night for the 1995-1996 Season? I doubt it, with ABC and NBC both hoarding ratings success with their sitcom blocks, but a slight move to Wednesday at 8 PM would have been GREAT! The only successful shows on Wednesday Nights were ABC's Ellen and The Drew Carey Show and both had finished with a ratings rank in the 40's, very similar to what Rescue 911 in it's final season at 8 PM Tuesday Night.

By the way, Rescue 911 finished it's final season in August 1996 with a dreadful #84th place in the ratings. Thank You CBS!
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:14 PM   #32
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I can think of two gameshows from the year 2000 that were canceled due to an idiot mistake. Plus, another from 1998.

NBC's Twenty One was a modest hit for the network at a time when NBC was starting to decline in the ratings and CBS was rising to the top. The show had finished between a respectable 30-50th place in the ratings over a 4 month period in 2000 and yet that wasn't enough to renew the show for the 2000-2001 season.

FOX's Greed had settled in to a decent Friday night timeslot by the spring of 2000. While the ratings were nowhere near as good as NBC's Twenty One, Greed was one of the FOX network's better rated shows. "After renewing the show for the summer of 2000 with a possible return for the following season, FOX abruptly canceled the program on July 14th, 2000." (Taken word for word from Wikipedia page)

Lifetime Network's "Debt" was the channel's highest rated show from 1996 to 1998 and it even won a Cable Ace Award for best gameshow. Yet after 2 Seasons Lifetime decided to cancel Debt because research had shown that more men than women (the channel's target audience) were watching the show. This was an incredibly dumb decision considering a lot of men including myself had been watching Unsolved Mysteries reruns on Lifetime since that channel acquired the show in 1992.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:04 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by irehtman
The Wb cancelled the shows until its shutdown in 2006:


Last year, Ryan Murphy spoke about Popular and The WB saying they were homophobic. He said the reason Popular changed so dramatically in its second season is because The WB forced him to. It sucks because out of all of Ryan's shows, Popular is the best one. It has the best cast, characters, and stories. It's a lot better than Glee, which is basically Popular with singing. It sucks The WB ruined a great show.
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