Tonight, NBC closed the doors on “Game of Silence,” a series that really did start off with a lot of potential and a strong cast.
Unfortunately, we’re left calling tonight the series finale rather than the season one, with the biggest reason being low ratings. There were some critics who liked the premiere, and took notice in the interesting moves that the NBC series was making. So what ultimately went wrong here, and what in some ways caused the show to fail before it started? We have a few easy theories that can be explored.
1. Timing – The show premiered in the spring, which is well after many networks shows start where there is a lot of faith put in them. From the jump here, it was clear that NBC really did not want to invest too much in making this happen.
2. Scheduling – Despite getting a solid lead-in for the premiere, the show eventually landed on Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern for some of its run. That’s not exactly a spot where you’re going to get great ratings.
3. The title – Yes, it sounds stupid to blame the name of a show for it not doing particularly well, but if you say this out loud, does it really elicit any particular reaction? Whether it be “Chicago Med” to “The Blacklist” to “Once Upon a Time” to “black-ish,” all of these shows strike a chord the moment you hear their name. You at least get a sense of what they could be about.
4. The premise – If you watch the trailer, maybe you get a rough idea what the show is about. Unfortunately, we don’t think that translated well to a network promo.
Sometimes, shows fail because the story isn’t great, and the producers / writers / cast fail to deliver on a great premise. That wasn’t the case with “Game of Silence”; the issue was more that the network and the marketers really couldn’t figure out a way to deliver it to begin with.
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