There have been some questions out there for a long time as to how some shows get canceled while other shows stay on the air. Many television commentators out there should be asking what exactly the formula is for NBC when they go forward and cancel shows. The fact that 30 Rock still gets lower ratings than many shows who have been canceled in the past. You have to ask yourself whether the pull that Lorne Michaels has is simply too large. Lorne Michaels simply may have too much control over the NBC schedule.
I am not referring to the quality of the show. I enjoy 30 Rock and I think that actors on the show such as Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin do a great job on the show. Lorne Michaels has a lot of equity built up from his decades producing Saturday Night Live. Lorne Michaels does want to put on a quality show.
Celebrities are still willing to appear on 30 Rock as noted by ABC News. Some people may question the numbers that ABC News would bring forward when it comes to 30 Rock, but the hard facts prove that the show has struggled. Three years NBC’s Thursday night lineup hit an all time low. You have to be careful when trying to figure out why exactly NBC’s ratings have been so low.
Alec Baldwin has been rumored to want to leave the show, presumably this would have somewhat of an impact on the overall ratings of the show. Alec Baldwin is someone who can create a fair amount of controversy in his personal life so you have to wonder about whether or not he was thinking ahead about getting out of a sinking ship and instead focus on putting his life together. The people at NBC would not let him out of his contract either. It is presumed that Lorne Michaels and Alec Baldwin have a good working relationship as well as noted by Saturday Night You. Lorne Michaels was fairly sympathetic to the side of the Writer’s Guild in 2007 so that may have earned some friends on behalf of his show who would be willing to lobby for him.
It is also presumed that NBC saw growth for the show. The star Alec Baldwin likely would have let out of his following the heated phone call that he left for his daughter in 2007. The series was able to see an up tick in ratings during the Tina Fey as Sarah Palin skits were at their highest peak in popularity.
Emily Friedman. “Celebs Flock to 30 Rock.” ABC News.
Evan Dowbiggin. “Lorne Michaels addresses Alec Baldwin controversy.” Saturday Night You.