Friday, November 23, 2012

Canceled '666 Park Avenue' sees ratings boost, series finale promised

After ABC announced last week that genre show 666 Park Avenue was getting the series axe - thus dooming it to an unlucky 13 episodes - fans of the Faustian horror soap wondered if they'd be left in Limbo about the Drake building and its hellbound residents.

Wonder no more. Park Avenue executive producers David Wilcox and Matt Miller tell TVLine that they have been given enough time to allow the show to end with plotlines wrapped up, and is "building to a powerful and surprising series finale, where all your questions will be answered."

They added, "We hope fans of the show continue watching all the way to the end of Jane and Henry’s incredible journey to the dark side."

The journey to the dark side has been a slow, steady one for the show, however, due to declining ratings and a drop-off of audience from its popular lead-in Revenge. Also, the show suffered from the perception that it played it too safe in the horror/thriller world - especially compared to the gory liberties taken on American Horror Story over at FX (which just got renewed for Season 3).

Interestingly, the show experienced an impressive 77% bump during its Nov. 4 episode when the DVR numbers were included with the "live ratings," prompting star David Annable to take to Twitter to complain:
"Well this really sucks! You have to give shows time to grow! Nielsen is so outdated!.. We had the biggest movement of ANY show for the week 77% increase with the DVR ratings… I’m sorry but they f***ed up."
So what do you think? Did you watch the show, and will you miss it? Think Annable has a point about Nielsen being outdated? Is there any chance that this could launch a longer debate about how nets should measure the popularity of their shows?

-Aaron Sagers

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