Alas, the future of Krypton as a franchise is coming to a screeching halt.
Today, Syfy decided to cut down the Superman prequel series after just two seasons, with low ratings being the major factor in the decision. We can’t say that we’re altogether shocked about the news, given that we believe the network had far higher expectations for the show than what it was able to bring to the table — especially in season 2. The live ratings this summer were down significantly from the first go-around, with it falling more than 50% in the 18-49 demographic. This is a clear sign that there was something that viewers weren’t quite connecting with the series, and it was enough to strike fear in the hearts of the cable network for the future. If it fell by another 50% between seasons, that could prove devastating for them.
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Ultimately, there were people watching Krypton far beyond just those choosing to do so live. The problem is that we’re in this sort of era where studio – network partnerships matter significantly. Because Krypton is a Warner Horizon Scripted Television production, Syfy wasn’t generating a lot of extra income for it after the fact and didn’t have the full streaming rights to the series, either. It was reliant more on its live ratings, which (like The Expanse) made it a harder sell for them to keep it around.
Yet, there is still a possible future for Krypton — though the proposed Lobo spin-off may not be completely dead. (Syfy is not progressing with that project, anyway.) According to Deadline, the studio is going to look at some other properties to see if there is a fit. The DC Universe streaming service (which seems to be sticking around for now, despite rumors to the contrary) looks to be a candidate, as does HBO Max, which is also owned by WarnerMedia. With the live ratings being what they are, it’s hard to justify another season landing via a traditional TV platform. We’re looking at streaming outlets for possible homes — if you love Seg-El and a lot of the stories that Krypton brought to the table, we suggest that you do the same.
For more news on the renewal chances for Krypton from earlier this week, we suggest that you visit the link here.
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