Tonight is the season finale for Numb3rs, and all of the signs point to it likely being the series finale as well.    After six seasons things start to be expensive which works against you, especially if you’re a Friday show when there are fewer of the coveted 18-49 eyeballs at home watching TV.  A continued trend of viewing migrating from broadcast to cable doesn’t help any either.

Still, these days six years is a damn good run.

I want to express my gratitude to Numb3rs co-creator Cheryl Heuton and not just for her role in creating, writing and producing Numb3rs, of which I am very appreciative.   But Ms. Heuton is an honorary member of the TV by the Numbers staff, and not just for the numerical tie-in.

When fans ask “Why is Numb3rs at more risk than Medium or Ghost Whisperer when Numb3rs has more viewers,” she tweets back that those those shows have better demo ratings.   Suggest that some other network pick up the show and she’ll respond back that it’s a nice thought, but highly unlikely.  Not just unlikely. Highly unlikely.

She’ll scoff at the claim that  CBS treated the show disrespectfully even if show star David Krumholtz (Charlie Eppes) said CBS treated the show disrespectfully in an interview.  “Yeah, but he was wrong,” Heuton says.

If you ask her, “What gives,” and tell her that you and all your friends watch and that you’re all in the 18-49 demo, she responds, “As a fan of a math show, be careful not to confuse anecdotal evidence with actual data.”

Wow.  Just wow.  So yeah.  We totally love her.

There are many examples like that within her Twitter feed.

I’ll be watching the finale, and I’ll cross my fingers that somehow Numb3rs makes it to 7 seasons.

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