Netflix boss says the service has never canceled successful shows
WTF?! Are you tired of investing in a Netflix show that gets rave reviews and seems incredibly popular, only to have the streaming service cancel it? Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos responded to this annoying common occurrence by insisting that the company “never canceled a successful show.”
The list of favorite shows canceled by Netflix is long and depressing: The Santa Clarita Diet, Altered Carbon, Sense 8, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Glow, Warrior Nun, Archive 81 and a lot others. They were recently joined by 1899, which also received great reviews from critics and viewers, and Insider Job, an entertaining cartoon that Netflix previously renewed for a new season before changing its mind.
Why is Netflix canceling so many shows that viewers love? Of course, this is counterproductive as people refuse to watch all but the most famous flagships (like Stranger Things) or simply stop subscribing.
It’s a sore point that bloomberg in an interview with Sarandos and new co-CEO Greg Peters. The publication notes that social networks are constantly overflowing with people outraged that Netflix cancels popular shows. Sarandos’ response was not what you might expect:
“We have never canceled successful shows. Many of these shows were well-intentioned but appealed to very small audiences on very large budgets. budget and a large audience with a large budget. If you do it well, you can do it forever.”
So, it looks like like so many other things in life, Netflix’s aggressive cancellation policy comes down to money. Which, to be honest, was expected. Shows can be popular, but if their budgets are well above their audience, expect Netflix to kill them. Sarandos’ words also suggest that Netflix is unlikely to ever introduce backed canned shows, no matter how many petitions fans create. Perhaps the best move is to check the budget of a new Netflix show before you start watching it.
Netflix is unlikely to be bothered by all the anger caused by its cancellation. The company bounced back from the shock of losing subscribers for the first time in a decade early last year, adding 7.66 million paying subscribers during the holiday season. It has also introduced a new ad-supported tier and will soon start charging subscribers who share their passwords with others.