Recently, ABC cancelled their beloved Wednesday night TV show, Nashville. While there won’t be a fifth season on the alphabet network, the series may not be over yet.
The Nashville TV show follows the lives and careers of country music superstars Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) and Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton). The rest of the cast includes Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Eric Close, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Carmack, Lennon Stella, Sam Palladio, Maisy Stella, Will Chase, and Oliver Hudson.
Following the cancellation news, Lionsgate TV has reportedly been shopping Nashville to other channels in hopes of continuing the series for a fifth season. While the studio certainly has financial incentive to keep the show going, it may be a tough sell.
The ratings have not been very good which is why ABC dropped it. The fourth season’s been averaging a 0.96 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.19 million viewers. Year-to-year, that’s down by 28% in the demo and down by 19% in total viewership.
Also, while fans are currently clamouring for Nashville to continue (#BringBackNashville), many series that have been picked up by other channels have not done very well in their new homes. For whatever reason, many viewers just don’t follow their show to another channel.
But, what do you think? Would you watch a fifth season of Nashville on another channel? Do you think viewership could improve on cable or on a streaming service?