How Will a Four-Month Hiatus Impact 'Revolution' - Poll?

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October 31st, 2012

Buried within NBC's lengthy mid-season schedule announcement was the news that Revolution will take about a four-month hiatus, from its last fall original on November 26 to its spring return March 25, 2013. The new drama Deception will air in the Monday 10pm time period starting on January 7.

The question is whether the long break will hurt the show. Much longer hiatuses have become standard for hit cable dramas, with the breaks whetting viewers appetites and allowing new viewers to discover (and marathon) the show via online streaming. But broadcast television is still a different beast. Big breaks did no favors for the ill-fated genre shows Flash Forward and The Event. Make your prediction about Revolution's fate, then explain your reasoning in the comments.

 
  • Ryan

    Better to have a season split in two halves than to have repeats sprinkled throughout the season. I wonder if there’s anyway they studio would release a 1/2 season DVD in early March. I bet that’d have a positive impact on second half ratings.

  • JS4P

    I don’t think the hiatus will have much of an impact on the numbers as much as things like it being in spring; new judges for The Voice; and ultimately how well The Voice does. With a strong Voice as it’s lead-in, I’m sure Revolution will continue to do well after the hiatus. Maybe down a bit due to those other factors, but still strong. If The Voice falters however, than there might be problems, because I don’t think Revolution is really setting the world on fire in and of itself.

  • Dan S

    I honestly don’t think the break will hurt RVN, especially since they’ll leave us with a cliffhanger. It’s no different than taking the summer off & assuming the ratings hold up well this is a scheduling strategy other networks may want to follow. I hate the comparisons being made to The Event & Flash Forward. I actually watched both shows but they didn’t draw me in as RVN has & I predict in its sophomore season RVN will me moved to a 9pm tent pole position & allow NBC to launch another new show after The Voice.

  • Mon

    Well, Revolution better have an epic cliffhanger, something that will force most of its audience to return. But I guess NBC did this because they are confident The Voice is enough to counter the negative effects of a long hiatus

  • Kyle7

    “I swear to God, science fiction is like the Rodney Dangerfield of broadcast TV. It gets no respect at all. Why science fiction content creators even bother with broadcast TV is beyond my understanding.
    chrisss”

    Broadcast is still where the biggest money is. A lot of SF makes extensive use of CG, and I imagine basically every broadcast net will give you more money for that than a cable net. And while cable has certainly become a lot more respected in recent years, I imagine the ultimate fantasy of many a TV guy is a major hit broadcast show that gets 20 million viewers.

  • RG-X

    End of November to End of December = 4 months NOT 3 (It’s 17 weeks)

    4 weeks in a month on average x 3 months is 12-13 weeks

    it’s off for 17 weeks – unless it ends the Monday before Thanksgiving – then it 18 weeks.

    IT’S A 4 MONTH HIATUS NOT 3

  • RG-X

    ooops – I meant end of November to End of March = 4 months

  • Oliver

    If Revolution concludes end of November, what gets the Monday post-Voice slot during December? Surely that lead-in is too big for NBC to waste?

    Special previews of January premieres, perhaps?

  • Benjamin

    “Broadcast is still where the biggest money is. A lot of SF makes extensive use of CG, and I imagine basically every broadcast net will give you more money for that than a cable net. And while cable has certainly become a lot more respected in recent years, I imagine the ultimate fantasy of many a TV guy is a major hit broadcast show that gets 20 million viewers.”

    Oh, I understand the allure. It’s just obvious that science fiction on broadcast TV in modern America is all but doomed to fail. And, as the Revolution hiatus demonstrates, even if broadcast sci-fi succeeds, network execs will STILL try and MAKE it fail.

    Best to stick to wannabee Insta-Stars, fat people desperately trying to lose weight, and people with zero self-esteem tearfully pitching their personal problems to a national audience. That’s what the lumpenproles are into, and they’re the ones with the Nielsen boxes.

  • Ultima

    @cra
    The show is dead if it is off for three months. People will assume it is cancelled and will lose track of the plot line.

    Ah, yes, my favorite square on Fan Excuse Bingo – “People are all as dumb as I am!”

    As for cable shows although many have continuing subplot line they usually are stan alone episodes and the audience looks at each string of episodes as a season so they are prepared to wait for each miniseason.

    Stand-alone episodes? Which series are you watching? Most of the cable dramas I’ve watched have been heavily serialized.

    Also, if people don’t have a problem with two mini-seasons for cable dramas, why do they magically have a problem when a broadcast network does it?

  • Oliver

    …or perhaps they will move Grimm again.

  • Anthony

    It won’t have much of an effect. Flashforward and the Event were both falling going into their hiatus (meaning viewers were losing interest). Revolution is holding pretty well (still above a 3.0). As long as the producers have a good cliffhanger prepared it will be fine coming back after the hiatus. And besides, I’m not convinced it would be a smarter move to avoid the hiatus since it would then have to have a smaller lead in (which could result in lower ratings).

  • Matthew Dunn

    Regardless if it will return below a 3.0, it still has a hell of a shot being renewed. I seriously doubt that it would plummet itself to cancellation. The Voice has done good on the ratings so far. Personally, I think Revolution will return down, but still not enough to get it cancelled. It might break the curse of FlashForward and The Event, both those shows went down in the ratings before their hiatuses. Revolution is holding out well so far.

  • senor chang

    Taking a hiatus =/= abandoning the show

    With intermittent promotion throughout the winter and the Voice as a lead-in, it’ll be just fine. Maybe down a touch, but nowhere near as bad as some are predicting.

    The more interesting question is how TBL/Deception will do in January.

  • Ultima

    @Ryan
    I wonder if there’s anyway they studio would release a 1/2 season DVD in early March. I bet that’d have a positive impact on second half ratings.

    Very doubtful.

    DVDs are released like that for the exact opposite reason – they’re trying to use the new (half-)season of the show to boost DVD sales.

  • Anthony

    @Everyone complaining that it is a 4 month break not a 3 month

    I get it that the article is incorrect, but does it really matter for the purposes of discussion? Is there really anyone out there that thinks a 3 month break in the middle of the season is okay but a 4 month is too long? Just discuss whether the break will help or hurt it and chill out.

  • stan

    They want it to keep The Voice as a lead-in so I don’t think it’s going to hurt that much

  • Ultima

    @RG-X

    It’s much easier to just use the fall finale and spring premiere dates, 26 November and 25 March respectively, to illustrate the length of the hiatus.

  • Melanie

    I think it will hurt it some – momentum is important for a new show. But for whatever reason, it seems to be very compatible with The Voice so maybe since its still paired with it, it will be OK in the Spring.

  • a p garcia

    The show is all but dead when it comes back even with the Voice leadin unless the show that takes its place is just as good, which is against the odds . Why NBC decided to do this is a mystery for the ages, maybe they felt they were too successful! I can see viewers assume it has been canceled!

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