I thought you might appreciate my thoughts on the matter of the future of Supernatural. I have never watched the show myself but I am an experienced television critic and will draw my information from ratings information and from other shows similar to this.
Firstly it is true that The WB have put in an order for a full 22 episode season, personally I believe this to be an unwise decision implemented too early. Though the information may not have surfaced until much later Supernatural has actually been picked up for a full season since it's 4th episode when it was performing well into the 5 million viewers. However if one is to fast-forward the clock it is clear to see the WB's trust in the show had been misplaced. Eventually the bad reviews of the show connected to the viewers and the show's ratings dipped to the low 4 million and lost against Spelling's "Charmed" which is in the WB's worst timeslot and is in it's 8th year.
The WB has made this decision too early with many of it's shows such as Popular and Roswell both of which lasted only 2 seasons. In an effort to boost low ratings in the second half of season one which is almost inevitable the WB will ask for a change in it's second year which always seems to kill the show rather than save it. Ratings are then likely to spiral down and the WB will predictably cut the episode order to 18 episodes or move it to another timeslot before cancelling the show. After this the show may be lucky enough to be picked up by another network, though UPN would have earlier been a favourite for this type of move they have now stated they will never again pick up a used show especially not from the WB. This statement came after both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Roswell both did badly for the network after making the move from the WB.
Though there is a chance the network may renew the show for a 3rd season something which I do not expect but am prepared for. The budget however will be cut dramatically and even then there is no guarantee the show will last for another 22 episodes or even 18.
It is not a good sign when a new show's ratings begin to diminish after only 10 episodes on the air. I know what to expect from the fans, they will be disbelieving as ever. If one was to step away and see the whole picture however the story of a show such as this one has been told over and over.
Another reason why the show is unlikely to make it to a 3rd season is the much talked about newer supernatural drama "Cult" which is getting more buzz than Supernatural ever did. This could even have the possibility to take Supernatural's timeslot and kill it before the show even makes it to a 2nd season.
I suggest if the fans want this show to survive they should be prepared to campaign hard to get this show moved or renewed because this is the beginning of the worst.
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