On Friday, TNT announced it was canceling Dallas after three seasons on the network. The return of the legendary show, from Warner Bros. Television, premiered to strong ratings in June 2012, and averaged 4.5 million viewers that year as a summer series. The network debuted the second season in January 2013, and the viewership totals dropped in part due to increased competition, the move to a new night (from Wednesday to Monday), and no real lead-in to support the show. Season 3 in 2014 was split into halves, with 8 episodes airing in the winter, then 7 more in late summer. Despite averaging under 2 million viewers, Dallas had solid DVR increases, and a very strong social media presence.
After taking a moment to mourn the beloved series, fans quickly realized this wasn't necessarily the end, and began organizing a "Save Dallas" (#SaveDallas) campaign. TNT may have decided not to continue airing the show but another TV network could still pick it up. Or perhaps Dallas could air online via Amazon, Yahoo or Hulu? What about Netflix? There are so many options!
Dallas stars Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray have not given up on the show finding a new home, based on these tweets from Saturday:
I for one am not done with Bobby Ewing! Let's see if some network wants the Ewings to live on! Love you all!!
— Patrick Duffy (@therealpduffy) October 4, 2014
Thank you again for your support! Keep it coming so it can help get us back entertaining you!❤️
— Linda Gray (@Linda_Gray) October 4, 2014
The original Dallas ran for 14 seasons on CBS, at one point becoming the top-rated show not just in the United States, but around the world.
The Dallas brand is one of the best in television, and the show reportedly performs well in international markets. But just how much does Warner Bros. want to continue producing the series? Fans are determined to make sure it's clear what a passionate and loyal following Dallas generates, and that will surely go a long way toward determining if the series continues.
There are many stories left to tell about the Ewing family, and the Season 3 finale perfectly set the table for the next chapter in a saga that started over 36 years ago. Showrunner Cynthia Cydre has already outlined Season 4 so all Dallas needs now is a new place to air.
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* 'Dallas' Season 3 Finale Cliffhanger: A Ewing Died and a Big J.R. Secret Revealed