Tuesday, July 23, 2024

HBO Cancels “Westworld” Because No One Was Watching it or Understood It Anymore


The era of “Westworld” on HBO is over.

The cabler has shut down the show — loosely based on the famous movie — after four seasons. Why? Because no one watched it. From Season 3 to Season 4 they lost about 65% of their audience. They were down to an average of 350,000 viewers per episode.

How did that happen? “Westworld” never really made sense, but it started with promise. In the fourth season, though, the whole show changed into something else no one could follow or cared about. Weird.

You wonder what was going on with the showrunners. The first two seasons they had around 2 million viewers. You have to really make mistakes to chase off most of your audience. Now “Westworld” will live on in reruns, streaming or maybe DVDs for anyone who misses it.

Now please, someone get a really great role for Evan Rachel Wood. She deserves it, and so do we!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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