“One Day at a Time” has been canceled by Netflix after three seasons. The show was a reboot of Norman Lear’s hit sitcom from the 1970s, starring a Hispanic family. Justina Machado led the cast as a single mother raising her two children. Rita Moreno, famous from the hit musical “West Side Story” co-starred as the grandmother.
Despite critical acclaim and a loyal fanbase, Netflix could not renew the show. The reason turns out to be lackluster viewership for the program.
In a statement on Twitter, Netflix “spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season.”
It’s important to note here that Netflix does not release their ratings to the public. Since their business model is based on subscribers, they keep that information confidential. This is one of the many things that separate them from networks such as ABC, CBS, or Fox.
Ted Sarandos, head of Netflix, called it “a very difficult decision, and we’re thankful to all the fans who’ve supported the series, our partners at Sony and all the critics who embraced it.”
“While it’s disappointing that more viewers didn’t discover One Day at a Time, I believe the series will stand the test of time.”
It is also important to note that Sony Pictures Television produced the show, which means that Netflix had to pay a licensing fee to air it. Sony has made no statement yet regarding its cancellation.
There are currently plans to shop the series to other networks. This is good news for the fans since there has been an outcry from them. There is no word on who will pick up the series, but it is certainly still a possibility.
“One Day at a Time” joins other Netflix shows such as “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” facing cancellation, in spite of a loyal fanbase. Time will tell which other shows they will cancel and which ones will stay.