Morale Boost: #SaveGirlMeetsWorld in comparison to successfully rescued shows

It’s been just over three weeks since Girl Meets World officially got the ax from Disney Channel. We know some fans are starting to feel a little campaign fatigue, and many are beginning to wonder whether or not our quest is hopeless. Well, it’s not, so don’t give up yet! Here’s a quick comparison of where #SaveGirlMeetsWorld is right now compared to other successfully rescued shows:

Community

  1. NBC cancelled Community on May 9, 2014.
  2. While the studio made no official announcement at the time, we know now that Sony Pictures TV began shopping the show elsewhere almost immediately. Meanwhile, fans began re-circulating the long-standing (since 2011) Save Community petition.
  3. Variety reported on May 11, 2014 that Netflix would not be saving the show. (Thanks to Netflix customer service however, many fans refused to believe Variety’s report…sound familiar?)
  4. Deadline reported on May 28, 2014 that Hulu was in talks to save Community.
  5. TVLine reported on June 24, 2014 that talks with Hulu to save Community had broken down, but the article also intimated that there was “another player” in the mix.
  6. The show was reported rescued by Yahoo Screen on June 30, 2014.
  7. Community was officially saved in 52 days.
  8. The Save Community petition collected 105,148 signatures, but the vast majority of them were collected over the course of three years, beginning in 2011, rather than immediately after the 2014 NBC cancellation.

The Mindy Project

  1. Fox cancelled The Mindy Project on May 6, 2015.
  2. Hulu was reported to be in talks to save the show the same day it was cancelled.
  3. The Mindy Project was reported rescued by Hulu on May 15, 2015.
  4. The Mindy Project was officially saved in 9 days.
  5. The #HuluSaveMindy petition never even hit 1,000 signatures, although that was partly because talks to save the show were happening even before official cancellation.

Longmire

  1. A&E cancelled Longmire on August 28, 2014.
  2. Producers immediately began shopping the show elsewhere, while fans started a petition.
  3. Netflix was reported to be in negotiations to rescue the show on November 13, 2014.
  4. Longmire was reported rescued on November 19, 2014.
  5. Longmire was officially rescued in 83 days.
  6. The biggest renew Longmire petition received just 3,958 signatures.

Nashville

  1. ABC cancelled Nashville on May 12, 2016.
  2. Producers immediately began shopping the show elsewhere, while fans started a petition.
  3. CMT was reported to be in talks to save the show on June 7, 2016.
  4. Nashville was reported rescued on June 10, 2016.
  5. Nashville was officially saved in 29 days.
  6. The renew Nashville petition was enormous compared to the others on this list, reaching 174,276 signatures in about a month.

Girl Meets World

  1. Disney Channel cancelled Girl Meets World on January 4, 2017.
  2. On January 13, 2017, Michael Jacobs revealed that there were “interested platforms” with whom he is in “very very” early talks.
  3. On January 19, 2017, it was reported that Netflix would not be saving the show. Netflix customer service representatives have continued to encourage fans despite that news, however, just like what happened with Community.
  4. On January 20, 2017, Michael Jacobs stated that he was still working to save Girl Meets World.
  5. After 22 days, the petition to move Girl Meets World to another platform collected 20,953 signatures (and counting).

As you can probably see, at the moment we’re right where we need to be. Producers are shopping the show, and fans have risen up with a massive outpouring of support for its continuation, including a popular mail-in campaign, which is ongoing. Even though one potential new home is off the board, there are other doors still open to us, most notably Hulu and Amazon Studios.

One item in our favor is that shows with a few seasons under their belt are much more likely to be rescued than shows cancelled after just one season. Community had 5, The Mindy Project had 3, Longmire had 3, and Nashville had 4. Girl Meets World has 3, not to mention the legacy of Boy Meets World. Additionally, entertainment news outlets have a tendency to mostly ignore “save our show” campaigns unless they think there’s actually a chance of rescue, and #SaveGirlMeetsWorld has gotten a good amount of press, from Deadline to TheWrap to TV Guide. It’s also a good sign that the press has been unabashedly critical of Disney Channel’s decision, from TVLine to Bustle, right up to Vogue Magazine.

Another item to note is the ratings. Nashville and Longmire are hour-length prime time dramas, which are usually higher rated than sitcoms across the board, so it’s pointless to compare their ratings to Girl Meets World’s ratings. However, Community and The Mindy Project were major network sitcoms, whose “final” season ratings averaged around the 3 million mark, with finales bringing in 2.87 and 2.05 million viewers respectively. Granted, that’s higher than GMW’s final season average of 1.7 million, but bear in mind that Girl Meets World aired on cable rather than a major network, and its final season was plagued by an erratic schedule, a relative lack of promotion, a sudden time slot change, and a finale that was aired up against a major political event. Girl Meets World’s 2.51 million average ratings for seasons one and two (back when Disney Channel actually promoted the show!) are far more comparable to other rescued sitcoms like Community and Mindy, although they’re still a factor lower partly thanks to the comparative lack of access to premium cable versus network television.

But we know from the pilot and its 5.16 million viewers that Girl Meets World has the power to bring in big numbers simply because of its ties to Boy Meets World. Presumably the suits at any potential new home will understand this, and hopefully Girl Meets World producers can convince them that a more mature version of Girl Meets World could not only repeat the success of its Disney-fied pilot, but retain more of those eyeballs than it was able to on the Disney Channel.

As long as the Girl Meets World producers are still shopping the show around, fans need to be backing them up. Even with all these good signs and items potentially in our favor, nothing is guaranteed. So please, act now to help save our show!

Get yourself pumped back up with this fun campaign video: