Netflix tends to be a bit of an iron fortress. Yes, we can speculate a series’ success based on questionable third-party services as well as known deals between them, studios, actors, and the like, but oftentimes, it’s like trying to grasp at air. The reality is we don’t know a lot of what drives Netflix or how much they value each series because we simply do not have access to their numbers. But we can still notice patterns, right?
Well, apparently, many folks have noticed an interesting one: that Netflix likes to cancel shows after two seasons. Yes, not too long ago, Netflix started to garner a reputation as the network that renews EVERYTHING, but we’ve seen them change their tune in recent years. But why are two seasons so common?
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According to a new report from The Information, it all comes down to money. I know, it’s an easy answer, but they go on to explain it. As a series goes on to later seasons, they haven’t noticed a decent increase in viewers between the second and third seasons, and conversely, it’s around Season 3 of shows that talent are in a position to renegotiate for some extra pay. Sadly, by and large, the returning audience generally doesn’t outweigh those costs.
You know what does? New shows. New shows are different. They’re shiny. They have promise. And you know what else? They tend to cost less because they ARE new.
So, at the end of the day, it’s simple economics. Unless you have a show that continues to grow in popularity with each passing season (like Stranger Things), chances are, Netflix is more likely to cancel.
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