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Clerks - Canceled. A post from Kevin and an article from Variety

June 8th, 2000

KEVIN : ABC = Already Been Canceled

So I guess the news is out there now. Last night was your last chance to catch the cartoon. Ya'll are going to have to wait until the video release to see the remaining four.

What more can I say about the wonder boys in charge of ABC that I haven't already? Hey man - I know the ratings weren't great, but there were only four more to go. It was about the only bone they could've thrown us after the tremendous fucking they bled us with earlier in the year.

Fucking big business. Turns my damn stomach (which takes a great deal of effort, as the stomach in question is more full of shit than the word of an ABC exec).

If you're so inclined, let 'em know you're disappointed, folks. Address all complaints to Stu Blumberg and Lloyd Braun, c/o ABC.

A fucking Stu and fucking Lloyd...

They sure were ones.

We now return you to 'Spin City' at 9:30 on Wednesdays. Because, man - that show's reeeeeaaaaaallllllly funny.


VARIETY : "Clerks" checks out at ABC

By Josef Adalian

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - ``Clerks'' is going out of business.

After just two airings, ABC has pulled the plug on the animated comedy based on helmer Kevin Smith's 1994 feature of the same name. Repeats of ``Spin City'' will slide into the 9:30 p.m. Tuesday time slot starting next week.

The Miramax TV-produced ``Clerks'' failed to register with viewers, sliding from a weak 5.2 rating/9 share premiere on May 31 to an even more dismal 4.1/7 in its second outing this week. Among viewers in the key adults 18-49 demographic, Tuesday's episode scanned a 2.8 rating, dropping nearly two full ratings points from its ``Drew Carey Show'' lead-in.

In addition to poor ratings, ABC execs have also had to wrestle with advertiser defections from ``Clerks.'' The show's edgy content scared off several major sponsors, insiders said.

Smith has been vocal in his displeasure about how ABC scheduled and promoted the series, which was originally targeted for a midseason 1999-2000 bow. Miramax TV president Billy Campbell was diplomatic Thursday, praising Smith and his team for their work and concluding the show simply ``wasn't right for ABC.''

Each household rating point represents an estimated 994,000 homes, or 1% of the country's TV households. Each adults 18-49 rating point represents 1.239 million viewers, 1% of the U.S. total. A share is the same sort of percentage, except it's measured against only the homes or viewers watching TV during the time slot involved.



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