Why was Katy Keene cancelled? The Riverdale spin-off never landed a season 2, so let’s get the decision explained.

Another year of television is already off to a promising start and Riverdale fans have once again been welcomed back to the titular small town, this time for a fifth season.

Developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and based on the characters of Archie Comics, the teen-drama series premiered in 2017 and has earned a significant fanbase over the years.

Season 5 got started with ‘Chapter Seventy-Seven: Climax’ and saw Zane Holtz make his Riverdale debut. He previously played K.O. Kelly in the spin-off series Katy Keene, and his presence has encouraged some audiences to ask a pressing question…

Why was Katy Keene cancelled after just one season?

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Why was Katy Keene cancelled?

  • Katy Keene’s cancellation was reportedly influenced by its digital performance on the HBO Max streaming service.

This is noted by The Hollywood Reporter, which includes that the show didn’t perform on the linear network with delayed viewing or on The CW’s digital platforms in the same way that other recently established shows like Nancy Drew did.

Small-Screen also suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted its run, as it began airing in February 2020 and concluded in May.

The series was then cancelled in July 2020.

On the whole, perhaps the ratings simply weren’t high enough to warrant renewal when there were other shows for The CW to focus on. Small-Screen adds that season one averaged 480,000 viewers with a 0.12 average rating amongst 18-49 years olds.

Lucy Hale on the Katy Keene cancellation

Titular star Lucy Hale posted an emotional video on Instagram when the cancellation was announced, voicing her thoughts:

“I didn’t just want to post a picture or a caption because nothing would do justice to how I feel about Katy Keene or how I feel about the people involved with it. Truly one of the highlights of my life. Just such a joy, from top to bottom.”

Addressing the cancellation of Life Sentence and Privileged too, she added: “It’s happened a few times to me, and each time it’s just heartbreaking… This is a bad one, it’ll take some time to get over but that’s not why I’m making this video. Mainly I wanted to make this video so you could hear it straight from me so nothing is misconstrued.”

She also took the time to thank the creators and her co-stars: “Long story short, I am just grateful. I’m grateful for the role of a lifetime, what a blast… I’m so proud of what we made. I do believe it’s timeless. I think sometimes things just don’t work out and maybe it was just not the right time for it. I don’t know, I’m a little confused.”

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Fans share their thoughts

A number of fans have shared their thoughts on the cancellation and Riverdale’s acknowledgement of Katy Keene in season 5.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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