I'm losing interest. I have even waited for the weekend to watch. Not a good sign.
The problem with that "analysis" is that it doesn't take cost into account...it may have higher ratings than other shows on the network, but it's also MUCH more expensive to make. So expensive (and time-consuming) that giving it a back-half order to complete the first season was out of the question.
Bear in mind that "Likely to be renewed" in the TV By The Numbers link is based solely upon combining two numbers (show's ratings compared to average ratings on that network), with no human analysis whatsoever.This has me concerned again. Likely to be renewed but so expensive Fox is saying "Let's only do a few episodes each season"?
Still, Fox has to fill the schedule with something, especially if, as expected, this is the last season of House. (Then again...time to stat another unfounded rumor: the real reason they demanded a major pay cut from the main actors on The Simpsons is to have enough money to make Hugh Laurie an offer he just can't refuse for "just one more season" of House.I like it. It's not the best show around, but it's entertaining and I can watch with my 12 year old daughter, so there's that. But perhaps there's only 13 episodes because...ummmm...Fox's schedule from January on is dominated by American Idol, a cheap show to make that makes the network oodles of money. So they keep the schedule as open as possible for as many AI episodes as they can broadcast,and fill in with less expensive shows, like Traffic Light, which is what they did last year. And with the success of X-Factor, I wonder if they do the same thing next fall, and just not bother spending the money on anything decent, when they have another cash cow to dominate the schedule.
Funny you should mention that. Watching the previews at the end of last night's show, I saw something that strongly reminded me of a scene in the original Battlestar.Anyone remember BATTLESTAR GALACTICA? The real one, not the one SyFy did.
And on the flip side, great ratings don't guarantee money will flow from the network. See "Walking Dead"He does consider cost. He just doesn't think it's as important as others.
A network can always renew a show (with decent ratings) but negotiate a lower fee. A network is less likely to review a show with bad ratings, even if the producers agree to take less money.