Online Nation: Series Cancelled, Hosts Sign Off

Online NationMarking the first official cancellation of the season, CW has dropped its half-hour Online Nation after four episodes. The series sought to capture the best of the best from the Internet and present them on TV — from the most bizarre sites to viral videos. An interesting idea but it seems that the series’ intended audience prefer to bypass the middleman and go straight to the content online.

Online Nation debuted on September 23, 2007 and attracted just one million viewers. The numbers fell from there and last Sunday’s episode attracted just 580,000 viewers, making it the least-watched network show of the week. Four of the seven scheduled episodes have aired and it’s unknown if the remaining three were actually produced. If they were, don’t expect CW to post them online. The network has already purged the show from their website.

CW will replace Online Nation with encores of its Monday night sitcom Aliens in America. This replacement isn’t likely to solve the network’s Sunday night woes as the evening has been dragging down CW’s overall ratings numbers. Last Sunday’s combo of CW Now, Online Nation and Life is Wild attracted just a 0.2 rating, landing the network in 27th place for the night. This is even well below VH1’s airing of a repeat of CW’s own America’s Next Top Model. Can the demise of CW Now or Life is Wild be far away?

Internet personalities Stevie Ryan, Rhett McLaughlin and Lincoln “Link” Neal, as well as actress Joy Leslie, hosted Online Nation. In an email, Ryan told us, “I’m bummed about the cancellation, but all good things come to an end. I do want to thank everyone who did tune in and I promise that’s not the last of me, or littleloca” (Ryan’s YouTube character). Appropriately enough, McLaughlin and Neal have posted a quirky video to express their feelings (see below). Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. nm says

    life is wild is the best tv show ever. on sundays after church i all ways missed the episodes but on monday nights i would catch up and watch the on the computer. the tv show life is wild was the best. you should really think about putting the show back on tv. alot of people are very upset. now that we have no evening activities i can stay home and watch life is wild but it not on. i don’t know what to watch on tv. i really think you should put the show back on tv.

  2. linda says

    i just want to know why would you cancel life is wild and a lot of people love to watch it. life is wild have been nominated for a People’s Choice Award and nominated for Favorite tv show. i hope you don’t cancel this show because a lot of fans will be very upset. if you have any latest news when life is wild will be on because i’m waiting for this show. thanks

  3. another filmmaker says

    They hounded me for months for my clips, offering ZERO dollars, with an empty promise of “full credit” on the show. Thank god I was wary, as I watched an episode and it was evident they had no intention of crediting people for their hard work.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  4. says

    Wow. 123. And it is a broadcast network! I mean usually the CW has low ratings but this is ridiculous and just a little bit surprising. I’m not a major CW fan by any means but this is bad. Really bad. So VH1 got higher ratings than a broadcast network (CW)? Wow.

  5. filmmaker says

    They wrongly credited filmmakers work, making it impossible to track them down on the internet (to rewatch their clips). The show felt very suspicious that what they were doing was even legal.

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