Starz cancelled “Party Down” because you weren’t watching it on Starz (nor even on Netflix)

Interesting to see so many of the people I follow on Twitter and other blogs yesterday bemoaning the decision by Starz to pull the plug on its comedy Party Down after two seasons, when the ratings and the reality clearly didn't warrant a third season.

I've seen numbers indicating that as many as 125,000 and as few as 75,000 viewers actually tuned in to the premium cable Starz network for Party Down's second season. That's a 0.0 rating. Zero. Zed. Nada. And even if you were claiming to watch this funny show about aspiring actors who are caterers, whether it was a day late, week late, or several months later on Netflix (here's a link for season one of Party Down on Netflix, by the way), you weren't enough. How many of you subscribe to Starz? How many of you decided to because of Party Down? I enjoyed the show, but I haven't ponied up the dough for Starz.

You need to support the things you supposedly love when they need your support.

Here's a clip of Lizzy Caplan, one of the few Party Down co-stars who hadn't already been poached by broadcast networks (FOX had taken Jane Lynch for Glee, while NBC had taken Adam Scott for an arc on Parks and Recreation; Caplan did take part in an upcoming CBS sitcom, but just for its pilot), telling Jimmy Kimmel and his audience that nobody was watching Party Down. It's your own damn fault, Americans.

Sean L. McCarthy

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5 thoughts on “Starz cancelled “Party Down” because you weren’t watching it on Starz (nor even on Netflix)

  1. If you didn’t pony up the money for Starz shouldn’t it be: “We need to support the things we supposedly love” and “It’s our own damn fault, Americans”?

  2. I don’t get it. I don’t pay for Starz, but I do pay for Netflix. If they allow us to view it on Netflix, of their own volition, why should we “pony up” for Starz? They’re getting money from Netflix, aren’t they?

  3. I didn’t realize how many of my friends watched Party Down until it was cancelled. I watch every episode on Netflix as soon as it is available. Watched the first season when it was on with the Head Case show, back when I had money to afford premium cable. Sad
    Don’t forget Ryan Hansen is on that terribly named, Friends with Benefits show

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