Inspired by @lisa-r set: http://www.polyvore.com/warehouse_13/set?id=58832726
It's no secret that I'm a huge TV junkie. Television is a huge part of my life, and my dream is to become a tv writer someday, or even a showrunner. So yes, I get emotionally invested in shows all the time. One of my all-time favorites is Warehouse 13. I could spend all day saying good things about it (and I have), but that's not why I'm writing this. Warehouse 13 has been cancelled. It's been "renewed" for a season five, which will consist of six episodes. It's enough to "close down" the series, which is more than most shows get these days, and I'm grateful for that. But it's also completely ridiculous, and here's why:
According to SyFy, Warehouse 13 has dropped below "acceptable" ratings. It's averaging below two million right now, which is pretty low- I'll give them that. However, this does not reflect the ratings from downloads, DVR, On-Demand, Netflix, season DVDs, etc. It's a proven fact that sci-fi tv series do tremendously well on sties like ITunes, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, etc. It's completely ridiculous that they don't look at these things! If they did, they'd see that this show is one that could really go on forever. Endless possibility is what the show is about, after all!
Okay, okay. You're probably asking, who cares? It's just a show. And you're right, to a point. But there's a bigger issue here. SyFy has not had a series last beyond five years since well before its 2009 rebranding efforts. Eureka, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Caprica- all of them cancelled well before their time. If this trend continues, I fear that SyFy won't have anything left to give us. They're already shoving fillers down our throats- paranormal shows by the dozen, wrestling, etc. It won't be long before there is a complete absence of anything artistic, meaningful, or interesting on TV.
tl;dr? SyFy needs to reconsider the way it looks at its ratings, stop giving us filler, and stop cancelling shows before their time!