Netflix Thinking About Saving 'The River?'

Categories: Broadcast TV

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March 22nd, 2012

Deadline Hollywood reports that  Netflix has "had conversations with The River producer ABC Studios about" saving the sure-to-be-cancelled show. The story does disclaim that the conversations are merely exploratory but as with other stories of this ilk, that could merely mean "they didn't laugh and hang up when I brought up the topic."  With Netflix in the content game and having cash to spend there will no doubt be more of these stories, but goodness, why would they pick up The River?

Deadline notes that heavily serialized shows work well with services like Netflix, and that's true.  Deadline also persists that the percentage increase due to DVR viewing is a reason Netflix should consider saving canceled broadcast shows and that's nonsensical. That's not a metric that should be considered much in terms of picking up a show, that's something that inevitably happens with all low-rated scripted shows. By that metric, Netflix should save The Firm, it increased a whopping 100% over its live plus same day DVR viewing when a full week was added in the most recent Live+7 ratings available.

I guess it's time to resurrect the "DirecTV Save Our Show Top 10" as "Netflix Save Our Show Top 10."  After saving Friday Night Lights and Damages, DirecTV said it was out of the "save a low-rated show" business.  I'm not sure The River would make the top 10.


  • JC Lee

    I downloaded all episodes.. and watched on kickass monitoris. I haven’t used old school TV for ages now. Not for any series. I would hate to be networks stuck relying on Nielson these days. Go Netflix!!

  • Jacqueline Kohls

    I thought The River was well acted and produced, a breath of fresh air among so many reality and talent shows. Why can’t these networks find a way to make ratings less of an issue, so that more people can be satisfied in being able to view their favorite shows? I remember when shows played for years, now sometimes I don’t even start to watch an interesting looking series because I fear that they’ll cut it off when it gets most interesting. I then feel manipulated by the networks. I’ve actually cancelled my cable because so many of my beloved series have come to an abrupt ending.

  • allen b

    I have moaned the cancellation of many shows. I think Netflix has a winning strategy. I’ll be there for The River if they do.

  • steph f

    The River didn’t stand a chance going up against the NCIS(s) on Tuesdays. It was never going to succeed going against the most viewed crime drama out there. I had to DVR it every week. I wish networks looked at what they were putting shows up against so that shows like the river stood a better chance. I loved the River and would love to see it on Netflix. Every week i’d check the ratings here and it frustrates me that the network never considered changing the air day and time. I was a huge Lost fan and lord knows there are more of us out there and it saddens me that shows like the River and Terra Nova don’t stand a chance with today;s reality tv generations.

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