Two months-plus into the 2016-17 TV season, no show on the broadcast networks has been canceled outright yet. Several networks have said they won’t go forward with some shows, but every series that started the season is still on the air as of Dec. 2.
That’s as deep into any season as broadcasters have gone without pulling the plug on a show in at least 25 years.
All of which makes Amazon’s decision to pull the plug on its first-year series “Good Girls Revolt” about a month after its debut — basically the streaming equivalent of yanking a network show after four or five episodes — that much more surprising.
The streaming service said Friday that it’s not doing a second season of the show, about young staff members at a magazine in the 1960s pushing back against the institutional sexism of their workplace. As Vulture notes, it’s the second one-and-done show on Amazon this year, following “Mad Dogs.”
Like its streaming brethren, Amazon doesn’t release viewing figures for its shows. We can infer, though, that such a quick hook for “Good Girls Revolt” — it launched on Oct. 28, just five weeks ago — means that the early viewing trends were not promising.
Or maybe not? Series creator Dana Calvo tells Buzzfeed’s Kate Aurthur that her show had “twice ‘Transparent’s audience.” That’s according to figures “Good Girls Revolt” producer Sony provided her from Symphony Advanced Media, the tech company that purports to measure streaming audiences via audio recognition of shows its users watching.
Symphony estimated that Season 2 of “Transparent” averaged about 1.5 million adults 18-49 per episode within 35 days of premiere. That would mean “Good Girls Revolt” had roughly 3 million such viewers if Symphony’s figures are correct (neither Amazon nor any other streamer has ever confirmed Symphony’s numbers).
Sony has said it will try to find another home for “Good Girls Revolt.” Until such time as it does, the show is on this list of series canceled in 2016-17.