It's official. After only FOUR episodes, the peacock has plucked out it's OUTLAW feather and will "shake it off" over the next Saturdays, effectively"burning off" the last FOUR episodes already produced.The ratings had put it near the bottom of the list of shows, and with an original order of only eight episodes, and a 10pm Friday night spot, you could argue the network really didn't give the show much of a shot.
TV by the Numbers website had the following to announce just last week:
"NBC has shut down production on the low-rated Outlaw that airs Fridays at 10pm, but plans to continue to air it at least for the next few weeks. Eight episodes of the show have been produced and only three have aired so far leaving five in the can. NBC says it will evaluate Outlaw's performance over the next few weeks. Barring a miraculous ratings turnaround (it's last two episodes garnered 1.1 and 1.0 adults 18-49 ratings respectively) it looks like production has shut down for good." Also, in a poll at the website over which show site participants believe will be pulled off the air next between Running Wilde, The Whole Truth, Outlaw, or "None of the above" OUTLAW came in with 40% of the vote with The Whole Truth a close second at 35%."
Well, I guess the "few weeks" of evaluation were just too long! I wish networks would let the produced eps play out. You could argue that the reruns that would fill the timeslot wouldn't get any more ratings. Would it hurt them that much to just let the show play out? I suppose it's all about the money, and the advertisers that pull ads from ratings-low shows don't help. I like the new concept and the actors. I wish the show had another chance, possibly in a different timeslot or day. Do you think Outlaw should have aired earlier or on a different day.
Check out this article and sound off below. (copy and paste address below) It's pretty funny about this season's television tastes. From adding vampires, werewolves, and cheerleaders to growing a mustache (like Tom Selleck, who stars on another Friday night show it's a humerous poke at our strange viewing habits and what seems to be getting the ratings these days. Enjoy!
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