While it was announced earlier today that the Paramount Network is going to be bringing on board one comedy in Younger from TV Land, they are now canceling one of their own in American Woman. The network has opted to not move forward with a second season of the series, which was based in part on the early life of Kyle Richards.
So why choose to ax the show after only one season? It really seems to boil down to the ratings, otherwise known as the main reason the vast majority of shows are canceled. The numbers just weren’t there for most of the first season after the premiere got off to a decent start. Retention is super-important for a first-year show; if a network gets the sense that a new show is losing a lot of steam week-to-week, there’s very little incentive to keep it going. After all, they are going to think that this is going to be an ongoing trend and the numbers would slide even more for a potential second season. That’s not a risk that they want to take and that’s ultimately why they often opt to move on rather than give a show another chance.
We are sad about American Woman just because it was nice to see Alicia Silverstone back on TV and this was really a chance to dive in to some subject matters that were a little bit different than other shows on cable. Unfortunately, sometimes on cable you just take risks and they don’t always work. This seems to be a prime example of that very thing.
Paramount Network did have some success elsewhere this summer, as the decision was made in order to renew Yellowstone for a second season.
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