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Angel was the ONLY ONE that posted a gain this year on WB

Sunday 20 June 2004, by Webmaster

So I got the new Entertainment Weekly (Tom Hanks cover), and there’s a report on the final ratings for every broadcast series from the past season. Curiousity got the best of me, and I decided to check out how The WB’s shows stacked up. Obviously, I did it out of my Angel fandom.

Get this: of the top seven WB shows, Angel was the ONLY ONE that posted a gain this year. Its overall ratings were up 8%. That’s not super-huge, but it’s fairly significant for a show in its fifth season. The other six all dove, some precipitously. 7th Heaven dropped 15%. Smallville plummeted by a stunning 25% from last year. Everwood and Charmed both dropped 4%. Reba lost 11%. And critical darling Gilmore Girls went down 21%. For an even more shocking number, the final episode this year posted almost 1.5 million more viewers than normal; stunningly the numbers for the finale even beat the numbers for the finale of its parent show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Clearly, something was going on here.

In addition to the "show reset" that Angel did this year, the show sold strongly on DVD (the first three seaons are out) and has become a staple of TNT’s syndication rotation. Essentially, that means that The WB’s argument that Angel was inaccessible to new viewers has an awful lot of holes. If all of TV is a game of numbers and money, then I’m frankly baffled as to why a show with growing numbers that’s obviously capable of generating money gets dumped when other gems of the net are bleeding viewers. What’s more remarkable is that the two genre shows that were alleged to take Angel’s place, the ill-conceived Dr. Smith-less Lost in Space remake and the ill-conceived hasn’t-this-failed-once-already Dark Shadows re-remake, both failed to make The WB’s fall slate. What will occupy the old Angel slot? Sketch comedy shows from Drew Carey (who already had a sitcom AND a sketch comedy show shitcanned by ABC in the last year) and Jeff Foxworthy’s redneck comics.

The only thing that seems to make any sense at all is the fact that The WB blanched because they had to pay a bit more for the show, since it was a 20th Century Fox production. Still, increased ratings, word-of-mouth, and the ability to sell product are usually seen as desirable things. The fact that UPN didn’t pick up Angel they way they did with Buffy (which was not cancelled, but rather, moved) has more to do with the fact that UPN lost money on the Buffy manuever and is busy pissing away cash on the swiftly sinking Enterprise (all I need to say there is "Alien Nazis"; didn’t Roddenberry already beat the fuck out of that dead horse once?).

I believe that the Angel situation and the bleak nature of the fall line-up for every network underscores my earlier point: the broadcast networks become more irrelevent by the year. Fates willing, Whedon can reconvene his big stars in the next year or two and give the Buffyverse the big, all-star action blow-out it deserves as a final chapter. Until then there’s animation, DVD, comics, and the glimmering hope that is cable.

20 Forum messages

  • Why the hell did they cancel angel? It was brilliant and season 5 was one of the best.
  • Wow..great post.
  • WOW! I couldn’t have said that better myself! Very enjoyable. WB is putrid, yes we know.
  • Why do you sound surprised? They would rather fill the time slot with their own crap, or a cheap reality show. The execs are only interested in the next season’s profits, rather that cultivate a successfull show (sit-coms appear to be the expections)
  • if you ask me after dawsons & buffy left angel was the only thing left to hold up WB ratings. now its gone-no one is watching WB as much as before. i know im not.
  • Ever think that David Boreanaz wanted out? I mean, he seemed quite prepared for the show to end quicker than all the others, and didn’t seem nearly as emotional to see it go.

    The others are all absolutely ready to jump onto the TV movie bandwagon, but he wouldn’t do it "unless they raise the bar higher."

    My theory is that DB went to the WB, not Joss, and asked them to not renew his contract. They didn’t, and he’s out. And look at what he’s getting already.

  • I can’t stop smiling right now. I mean, this makes me feel kinda bad cause we lost it but....the WB is getting what’s comming back to them. They hurt so many people, and now the hurt is comming back to bite their network in the ass. Personally, I can’t wait till there’s nothing left but crumbs.
  • I don’t know why it surprised me, it shouldn’t have considering the source. I’ve known all along where WB’s brain is after Angel’s cancellation, but now it’s proven. However, even knowing that, these stats truly surprised me!! And made me mad all over again - keep up the good work reviewer/writers/etc. I wanna stay mad at those dunces at WB! If it’s not a repeat of Angel or Buffy, I don’t watch anything on the WB anymore. Reports such as this just keeps my resolve fresh. Thanks.
  • The really funny thing about this article is that the author mentions the use of a storyline featuring Nazis as a sign that Enterprise is on the ropes. Of course, as we all know, the Angel writers are waaayyyy too brilliant, innovative and original to ever, ever stoop to such tactics as episodes featuring Nazis. (Not to mention gimmicks like puppets and Mexican wrestlers.) Oh, wait a minute. They aren’t.
  • Well, for the president of The WB to resign, you know something was going on over there and there’s more to this than we know.
  • I want to kill the WB.
  • TheWB is a cheap crappy second rate network, they will never be as big as NBC or CBS, given the same situation, there is no way NBC would cancel Angel, Not while it was making big gains like that. Thewb is lacking leadership at the top.
  • And all that in the USA alone. I’m in Australia and there is a hugh fan base here for Angel and Buffy and that is with NO advertising for the shows. That’s right. These shows are advertised for a few hours prior to their screening (11.30pm) and they still manage to pull the fans in. Add to that the fact that we seem to recieve our DVD releases earlier(Season 4 Angel and 7 Buffy just released)it seems to me that the WB just ignores the shows oversea’s fans.
  • *sigh* this just proves what we already knew, WB is full of.... use your imagination and finish that sentence. Frankly I don’t care anymore, I’m not watching TV. What’s the point when there’s only reality TV and OC fluff all over.
  • The WB is a 2nd rate network?

    It’s more like a 5th rate network!

    This is so sickening. They just have some gripe against Whedon, I think. (Perhaps they are on a mission to ruin quality TV.)

  • This does make the cancellation seem even wierder than it already was.

    First thought. The guy who canceled Angel resigned. If only hed gotten out a few months earlier... Unless, obviously he planned on quitting. Perhaps he was just as pissed at the WB as a lot of people are and wanted to take thier main show with him on his way out the door. Lets just say hes a bastard either way.

    Second idea. Someones already mentioned it in this thread and part of me is wanting to agree with them. I think David was ready to move on. Months before the cancellation was announced David said in an interview that he was "itching to try new roles". Cant really blame the guy, hed been playing the same character for eight years.

    Just a few thoughts on possibilities that maybe the WB isnt fully to blame here. Whoever made the decision it still sucks. :(

  • those WB bastards!!
  • I always thought I could trust the fact that TV stations really only care about ratings and money. Up until Angel got canceled I was SURE that was all they cared about. Now I dont know what to think.
  • Looking at the same chart (June 18th Entertainment Weekly), there’s something else about the stats that jumps out immediately.

    Among all the shows on the WB, besides the overall ratings, which shows Angel tied for sixth place among the WB’s 22 shows, it also gives the ranking for the ratings for the 18-49 age group, which is what advertisers will pay the most for. Now, the WB claims that it sells to the 12-34 age group, but good 18-49 ratings are nothing to be sneezed at. It’s like mining for garnets and finding diamonds instead. They wouldn’t sell as many ads for Clearasil, but more for Lexus.

    And what was Angel’s 18-49 ranking amongst WB shows?

    Tied for second.

    18-49 Ranking / Show

    108 Smallville

    112 Angel; 7th Heaven; Charmed [tie]

    118 The Surreal Life

    121 Gilmore Girls

    121 Superstar USA (Tues.)

    129 Everwood

    133 Tarzan

    133 High School Reunion

    138 Reba; Superstar USA (Mon.) [tie]

    142 One Tree Hill

    147 Steve Harvey’s Big Time; Grounded For Life [tie]

    150 Jamie Kennedy; All About The Andersons [tie]

    152 Like Family; What I Like About You; Smallville: Beginnings; The Help [tie]

    161 Run of the House

    And all of the following shows on other networks had 18-49 ranking at or below that of Angel:

    18-49 Ranking / Show

    112 Star Search [CBS]; Cracking Up [Fox]; WWE Smackdown [UPN]

    118 The District [CBS]; Tru Calling [Fox]

    121 The D.A. [ABC]; Monk [ABC]; Boston Public [Fox]; Wanda At Large [Fox]; Playing It Straight [Fox]; Forever Eden (Thurs.) [Fox]

    129 Threat Matrix [ABC]; Hack [CBS]; Girlfriends [UPN]

    133 L.A. Dragnet [ABC]; Eve [UPN]; Half and Half [UPN]

    138 Luis [Fox]; Wonderfalls [Fox]

    142 All of Us [UPN]; The Parkers [UPN]

    145 Enterprise [UPN]

    146 Forever Eden (Fri) [Fox]

    147 One On One [UPN]

    152 I’m Still Alive [UPN]; Rock Me Baby [UPN]

    158 Jake 2.0 [UPN]; UPN’s Movie Friday [UPN]; The Mullets [UPN]

    162 Game Over [UPN]

    And the claim that Angel was cancelled because of low ratings for repeats seems in contradiction with their new policy of phasing out repeats for nearly all shows this summer. It seems to me that the decision to cancel the show had been made long before the season even started, and had nothing to do with ratings or money and everything to do with studio politics and lingering fallout over Buffy’s move to UPN. It’s the only thing that makes sense, given the good numbers this year in the most difficult time slot (vs. The O.C. & American Idol, West Wing, The Bachelor, and King of Queens & Becker). How well do they think One Tree Hill would have done against The O.C.?