HBO not whacked without Sopranos
HBO hasn't been able to replicate the success of its biggest hit to date, The Sopranos, but that doesn't seem to bother its subscribers. According to Reuters, even experts such as senior analyst Deana Myers, who's been tracking premium cable viewing patterns for the past decade, are surprised. While she says "it did seem like it was going to go down," those numbers in fact increased slightly. Apparently the viewers weren't hanging onto HBO just to see how the saga of mobster Tony Soprano turned out after all.
New original shows, post-Sopranos, never quite mustered the same ratings muscle, even when they achieved similar critical praise like Deadwood and Entourage. Other shows like Carnivale, Lucky Louie and John from Cincinatti were canceled outright. The models are complicated and the factors many, as the article details, but my theory is simple. Viewers are simply still tuning in waiting for that final fade to black to fade back and show the ending of the series.