Deadline notes that the US Prime Suspect has been sold into syndication in 30 international markets. Traditionally it's thought that international sales have not saved shows from cancellation, but rather acted as sweeteners for borderline shows. I know Ugly Betty syndicated very well internationally and that was thought to be a factor keeping it going. In Canada, "Being Erica" is a good example of a show that literally got saved by international syndication. And obviously back in the day where first-run syndicated TV was more common continued orders of the shows would live or die from this stuff. But for the most part, a show having simultaneous international sales isn't really something that will save it.
Deadline ran this piece last year showing how the rookie shows of 2010-2011 sold internationally
-- some notes; The Event is the third highest show on this list (shitcanned), Shit My Dad Says sold well (shitcanned), Hellcats sold alright (shitcanned), Mr. Sunshine and the Defenders around the middle of the pack (both shitcanned). So I think it's fair to say that, certainly last year, international sales did not save or doom any shows.
I don't see any way that Prime Suspect continues airing on NBC in primetime if it's hauling in <1.5 demo ratings.
Originally Posted by DeathNote
Uhm, every ratings I look at have the demo dropping or raising along with the overall viewers.
Yes, but I'm saying use the demo numbers, not the overall viewership, because the overall viewership numbers are irrelevant and using them to make your point just makes it sound like you're grasping for straws to make the magnitude of the numbers bigger.
The Event and Lone star both lost a million for episode two, but that doesn't mean Lone Star couldn't have gained the millions more that The Event Lost before episodes 3 and 4. Lone Star only need 2.5 million more in addition to the 3 million that watched episode 2 to match Lie To Me. Which would have raised the demo.
I don't think my position has changed since a year ago when you got really upset about Lone Star being cancelled. The show was a dog. It didn't debut poorly, it debuted disastrously. It didn't hold or grow, it dropped. I don't believe it was competition from the Event (I don't see why a female-targeted primetime dustbowl soap would compete with a male-targeted ensemble near-future sci-fi show, frankly), I simply believe that the show didn't register with network TV viewers, regardless of quality.