Did you know that sports-drama TV show "Friday Night Lights" almost ended after two seasons? The show had high expectations upon its announcement as it has also achieved a rare feat. It is one of those sports TV shows that successfully made the jump from the big screen to cable. As such is the case, expectations couldn't have been higher for the show. "Friday Night Lights" is based on the 1990 non-fiction book by H. G. Bissinger, and was adapted as the 2004 film of the same name. Though the show was critically acclaimed, it never achieved high ratings. The first two seasons averaged roughly 6 million viewers each and the show almost ended after that. However, the producers found partners that would continue to support the production of the show. Ratings dropped in subsequent seasons until its fifth and last one.
Despite this, NBC President Kevin Reilly called the show's fanbase a "passionate and vocal one". As a result of this fan dedication, more advertisers expressed their support for the show. This kept the shoe running despite it not being seen as one of the best tv shows of all time. With free ad-support offerings, every episode of "Friday Night Lights" became available for download. As a special promotion, the pilot was initially offered as a free download and eventually, the series was one of the best shows on Netflix as it was aired through October 2017. The show can be seen as a game changer in sports tv despite it not gaining ratings that skyrocketed. Thanks to a devoted fanbase, the show was tied for the 11th most watched show by affluent viewers in the US.
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