Netflix says it has never cancelled a successful show, is immediately shut down
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Netflix's Reed Hastings stepped down from the position of CEO to hand over to two new successors in Ted Sarandos and Greg Peters. In an interview with Bloomberg, Sarandos and Peters covered the future of the streaming service as well as their collaborations with creatives, and stated that Netflix has never cancelled a successful show.
That's debatable. I'm not even trying to be snarky here, it is a very debatable opinion to throw out there into the world. Apparently, the metric that Netflix uses for whether or not a show is cancelled is the rate of completion - with First Kill, only 44% of viewers watched the entire season to the end. However, there are many more factors that contribute to a show's success such as the impact that it has on its viewers and the development of its storyline from one season to the next. While a lot of shows got the chop last year, the two new co-CEOs are confident that it was the right thing to do.
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"We have never canceled a successful show. A lot of these shows were well-intended but talk to a very small audience on a very big budget. The key to it is you have to be able to talk to a small audience on a small budget and a large audience at a large budget. If you do that well, you can do that forever," explained Sarandos in the interview. Unsurprisingly, this hasn't been understood by viewers.
"The idea that every single show needs a billion viewers, several prestige accolades, and an insane viral moment to be considered successful and not get cancelled by Netflix will be the death of this company," said Twitter user @filmsbygays. "First Kill got cancelled with a 5 dollar budget and more than 100 million viewing hours and a relatively large and passionate fanbase," argued @lgbtzenin. There are a number of accusations levelled against Netflix for cancelling First Kill, Warrior Nun, 1899, Q-Force and other shows that secured a loud and supportive LGBTQ+ fan base. It pains me to say it but perhaps we don't get attached to any new Netflix show, just to be sure.