Mediapost has an article refuting the Fox News “Studio 60” cancellation report. They quote an NBC official as saying “The show is profitable at this point,”. Meanwhile, over on The Engine, there’s a very interesting Studio 60 Deathwatch thread going on.
I want to throw out one thought that I’ve not yet heard mentioned. It strikes me that Monday is not a friendly night for thoughtful, slow-paced entertainment. Monday is the first night of the “normal” work week, and the bulk of the audience hasn’t yet hit the midweek stride. The West Wing landed in the middle of the week, when brains were more fully spun up. Monday is a night for Heroes, CSI, and those are the shows that are owning it. Not to say that Studio 60 would have fared any better in its original Thursday slot, opposite Grey’s Anatomy, but I am curious.