Fox defends Lucifer cancellation, but happy over Netflix revival

LuciferToday, Fox executives got in front of reporters for the first time since canceling Lucifer after three seasons — and, of course, the subject came up.

So what did the network’s Dana Walden have to say about it? Well, did you really expect her to suddenly say that they made a mistake? Walden made it clear to reporters that there were a few different factors in the initial cancellation, which we told you about at the time: Lower ratings, a high cost, and also the series being owned by an outside studio. The economics weren’t right for the network, and Walden claims that the #SaveLucifer campaign really didn’t do much to tip the scales in their minds. For a network like Fox, social-media campaigns don’t matter as much since the way that they make money is pretty narrow: Live viewers. If they think that many of these people tweeting about the show are either international or are already watching live, they may not see the value in bringing it back.

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Do we still think it was a mistake? Absolutely, but we do think that the series is now at a better place. Walden did say that she is very happy with for the entire Lucifer team now that they are at Netflix, saying that they were great to work with.

Ultimately, we do think Netflix is the best home for a show like this really, Netflix caters well to diehard audiences. If they are all going to pay money every month to watch the show, and keep paying every month to re-watch it, this is a series that is super-valuable. We don’t think that streaming services have even fully realized the value in semi-procedural shows just yet. While we consider Mad Men and Game of Thrones, for example, to be two of the greatest shows out there, we don’t ever consider re-watching them after a long day when we want to relax. We look more towards a Lucifer, Psych, Chuck, or a Monk — we’re talking here about shows that have a TV comfort-food component to them. These shows may help people hold on to their Netflix subscriptions longer.

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