Networks Rethink Midseason Hiatus Plans After Last Year’s Ratings Collapse

Can shorter breaks and big cliff-hangers stave off audience erosion?

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In recent years, networks thought they had found the solution to a TV audience that no longer tolerated repeats, especially for nonprocedural series. They began scheduling their serialized dramas in two chunks, allowing for a pair of uninterrupted runs, broken up with a lengthy hiatus of around three months.

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