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Old 03-07-2012, 11:33 AM   #16
Leslie Eckhardt
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Originally Posted by lucyandethel
According to "The Complete Director to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946 - present (2007)" for the 1970-71 TV season, Green Acres was not even listed in the Top 30 shows. (and not for the 1969 - 70 TV season either) The show had dropped considerably in the ratings, so it was likely justified to be cancelled.

I'm not certain The Beverly Hillbillies justified being cancelled in 1971. The show likely could have ran another season, at least ratings wise, even though it was not in the Top 30 for 1970-71 either. Cast members of TBH expected to be renewed for a tenth season, supposedly. For 1969 - 1970, it was No. 18. Not sure how much it dropped to for the 1970-71 season.

Petticoat Junction had not ranked in the Top 30 since 1967, so a 1970 cancellation for it was no surprise either.
It was time to retire some of these shows. The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and Petticoat Junction were all shows that were hilarious in their early seasons, but the writing suffered in the later ones. It's surprising given the fact that these shows had a small writing staff to turn out the scripts as opposed to some series which used a lot of freelance writers.
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