Right before the turn of the New Year, all 15 episodes of Season 3 of the American thriller drama TV series “The Following” has been aired on Netflix.
While some optimists believe that it could open up the possibility for the Kevin Bacon-starrer to be possibly rescued from cancellation by the streaming service by considering perhaps a fourth season sometime down the road, it looks like the airing of the TV series on Netflix is the show’s last hurrah.
Apparently, Netflix just wanted to build its library of TV series, which shall eventually come in handy in the future.
After its reports of cancellation in May last year following the airing of its Season 3 finale episode, there has been reports that the TV show will eventually make it to Netflix.
Apparently, the TV series was merely a last-minute arrangement between Fox and Netflix so most fans believed that “The Following” Season 3 could be streamed on Netflix during the fall.
However, since there is no fourth season for the TV series, there was also no pressure for Netflix to release its Season 3 to its consumers.
It is standard operating procedure for a network or content creator to release its previous year’s content just before the new season, in order to serve as a promotion tool. But since “The Following” has already been cancelled, both the network and Netflix are no longer obliged to do the same, reports What’s On Netflix.
Reports have it that Fox decided to cancel the show because of falling ratings. Although “The Following” has a loyal viewer base particularly in the 18-49 years old viewer demographics, the competition was just too much in the same timeslot that some of the viewers wandered off to the other shows.
As a result, “The Following” suffered a significant decline in the ratings, particularly during its Season 3 that aired last year until May 18.
Created by Kevin Williamson, “The Following” was a breakout hit when it premiered its Season 1 early in 2013. In fact, the show finished the 2012-13 TV season as the highest rated new broadcast series among adults, details the Youth Health Mag.
However, after a strong Season 1, the violent serialized thriller, which only produced limited episodes as per Kevin Bacon’s contract, “The Following” could not keep its momentum going in the ratings department. Its ratings started slipping in Season 2 and then again in Season 3, that ultimately proved to be its death warrant.
While it did post a strong DVR/on-demand appeal, but it was not enough to make up for its low on-air ratings.
Rescuing the show via a petition
Immediately after the show was cancelled, a petition was initiated in an attempt to rescue the show from cancellation.
The petition was created to show Netflix, Hulu, and other networks that despite the low ratings of “The Following,” there is a passionate audience for the show and its characters.
The petitioners also want to see how the stories unfold, obviously dismayed with Fox for its decision to cancel the show when it left a huge cliffhanger during the Season 3 finale.
The petitioners, who call themselves as the ‘Followers,’ would like to convince producers that they should be provided with a final season for “The Following” to be able to tie every loose end and give the show a fitting end.
While Season 4 of “The Following” was already cancelled, executive producer Alexi Hawley disclosed that the next chapter or the plotlines for the supposed to be upcoming season have already been drafted.
Hawley, who is also one of the showrunners to the TV series “Castle” on ABC, says that in theory, the supposed Season 4 of “The Following” would be about Ryan Hardy, played by Kevin Bacon, trying to get back and take out every single person that was a threat and get back home again.
The show creator said that had Season 4 was greenlit, viewers would see Ryan Hardy being a vigilante and lone wolf.