ABC Cancels 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The bus will no longer be moved. In a surprising decision, ABC has canceled its long-running, feel-good reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
The 200th and final episode will air January 13, and it will be
followed by four stand-alone specials, but then Ty Pennington's
megaphone will cease to tell people "GOOD MORNING!"
The cancellation seems surprising, but it may have come as a result of the network's decision to move it to Friday nights. The show typically succeeded on Sundays, but this year it got moved, and luckily for ABC, Once Upon a Time has been doing much better in its place.
The ratings for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition have also been on a steady decline for the past seven years. The show's second season during the 2004-2005 TV season averaged nearly 16 million viewers every week, but that steadily dropped to 8.5 million last season.
This season, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was earning over 7 million viewers when it started on Sundays, but when ABC moved it to Friday nights, the ratings dropped dramatically to under 5 million viewers. That was the last nail in the coffin.
Without such blatant emotional manipulation, viewers will now have a more difficult time finding a show that will make them cry as consistently as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition did. Just imagine a world without Ty Pennington screaming: "Move that bus!"
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