It’s no secret that Community is one of NBC’s most critically acclaimed, but lowest rated shows currently on the air.
When this show debuted three seasons ago – to low ratings, the ratings stayed low. But ratings weren’t a problem for NBC for that couple of seasons because all of NBC’s Thursday night comedies’ ratings were low. It’s impossible to cancel a show like Community, when critics love it, NBC would never hear the end of it from critics. NBC tends to show sympathy to low rated shows when renewal time comes in May if critics give praise to a show (Chuck, Friday Night Lights), and Community, plus other NBC Thursday night comedies Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock have been able to escape cancellation because they are critically acclaimed, and awards magnets.
But the question here is: Is this Community‘s last season? NBC seems to be moving in another direction with its comedy development slate for next season centered and big name stars like Dane Cook, Roseanne, and Snoop Dogg. It’s kind of hard to envision Community bunched in with these new comedies. Also, with its newest (modest) hits Whitney and Up All Night pulling double the numbers that Community is, it may be time for the students at Glendale Community College to be dismissed.
Another indication of cancellation, Community star Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley) tweeted something this morning that may suggest imminent cancellation. Her tweet read “Just a general note. The cover of a magazine doesn’t keep a show on the air. Shows end when ratings are too low to justify them staying on.” As of last week, Community tied their previous series low of 3.46 million viewers and an A18-49 demo rating of 1.4. Free Agents got cancelled after a 1.0 rating. To be fair though, The World Series did air opposite of Community last Thursday, and proved to be huge competition for everything that night (https://tvtalkwithjwalk.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/tv-ratings-for-thursday-october-27th-nbc-falls-under-the-pressure-of-the-world-series/).
Does Yvette Nicole Brown and the cast of Community know something that the viewing public doesn’t know? Keep checking back for more Community updates!