“Our hit ratio is way too high right now,” Hastings told CNBC this week. “So, we’ve canceled very few shows… I’m always pushing the content team: We have to take more risk, you have to try more crazy things. Because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.” Unlike regular TV networks, Netflix keeps very quiet about what its actual viewership numbers are, so it’s unclear what sorts of ratings spelled doom for The Get Down, or what it means when Hastings calls the teen suicide drama 13 Reasons Why one of the network’s surprise “unbelievable winners.”
At first glance that sounds ridiculous. Cancelling shows out of nowhere sounds wild. It’s Netflix, all of their shows get great ratings. People balance their day around binge watching. Netflix and Chill has gotten me through many a rainy day. Why look to cancel shows for no reason?
But this actually makes complete sense. Netflix has become the location for premiere original programming. If they don’t cancel awful shows then it doesn’t allow newer and better shows to rise from the ashes. Do we really need a another season of that Will Arnett Flaked show?1 Let’s let Fuller House die please.
Also 13 Reasons Why wasn’t thaaat great. Just throwing that out there.
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