If ABC cancels The River (which they almost surely will), it seems that the TV series might still have a chance for a second season.
Netflix and ABC Studios (which co-produces The River) have had early discussions about possibly producing some TV shows for Netflix and their streaming service. The River apparently came up as a contender as part of those discussions.
Once known only for their DVD rental by mail services, Netflix has been offering streaming services for more than five years and TV shows have become very popular with subscribers. We often hear from readers who’ve only recently discovered serial TV series like The Event, FlashForward and The Gates; shows that were broadcast and cancelled more than a year ago.
Netflix has made a deal to produce a fourth season of cult-favorite Arrested Development some six years after it was cancelled by FOX. The company has recently discussed the possibility of producing a second season of another canned FOX show, Terra Nova.
While The River has amassed a devoted following, the ratings for the ABC series have been poor almost from the start. It premiered on ABC with a mediocre 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.35 million total viewers. Those numbers quickly dwindled downward and the season (likely seres) finale came in at a 1.4 in the demo with 3.99 million.
Deadline sites that The River picks up a healthy percentage of viewers from DVR viewing but that’s essentially true of any show. If a show has relatively low viewership, picking up 36% (3.99 million to 5.43 million) still doesn’t amount to much by network standards.
Could that size of an audience be enough for Netflix to justify the cost of producing a second season of The River? We’ll have to wait and see but at least there’s a bit more hope for fans than there was before.
What do you think? Is there a realistic chance that Netflix or someone else will save The River? Is it worth being saved?
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OMG u guys can’t cancel the show……don’t leave me hanging like that ..anyway all these people who said they didn’t like it are guaranteed to watch it…I bet anything on it….stop haring already……PLEASE KEEP THE SERIES GOING…ItS AWESOME!
This is a must keep. I don’t know how people didn’t like it, I was always looking forward to the next one and it was always so intense. If not on abc please have netflix pick it up.
If it’s on Netflix that’s no different to me than it not existing at all. I don’t have Netflix, nor do I plan to get it. I don’t like streaming, it never works right on any of my systems.
My husband and I really enjoyed this show, and would love to see it continued. We sci-fi fans never get much consideration!
I have to agree with Uncle RJ. They really had the viewing audience all hyped up about this show and it turned out to be a total disappointment. If it’s renewed I won’t be watching…
DO NOT CANCELL THIS SHOW!!!it is the best show I have ever seen!!! I mean come on people,this show has horror and lots of excitement!! Every day i get home on tuesday I have to wait and wait and wait for the best show ever to come on!!! ABC…please give the show another chance and don’t leave it on a really good cliff hanger.HOW WOULD IF SOMEONE CANCELED YOUR FAVORITE SHOW ON A REALLY GOOD PART?? I hate it when they do that!!! Last time that happened to one of my tv shows I was SOOOO upset!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE… Read more »
I will definitely watch in on Netflix.
I hope they keep this series and terra nova going. I absolutely loved both seasons. Please keep them going.
All the hype about “The River” and it turned out to be a big floating ****!!!
I enjoyed The River every week without fail! Please, if cancelled on TV, make available on Netflix as I will definitely not want to miss any shows. I am edge of my seat week to week wanting to see what happens next! Great show!
I didn’t watch on TV, so why pay more to watch it on netflix?
I would rather watch new episodes of Flash Forward, or The Event. I watched The River, not really impressed. Terra Nova was ok and I will probably watch it if it’s on Netflix.
As much as I like watching The River, I looooove watching Terra Nova. Terra Nova would also be a great addition to Netflix because of its broad appeal to many age groups, stunning visuals, and… oh yeah, this is an article about The River. Nevermind!
if ABC kills it i hope Netflix picks it up it is great series
Loved this series. The only fault I had with this show was that some of the scences were too dark. It was hard to make out what was going on. I vote to keep it.