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Date Posted: 22:18:09 08/25/06 Fri
Author: Jennifer
Subject: CBS did not cancel JAG b/c of the DJE situation.....there were many many factors involved, & in fact that's why the final episode appeared to have been thrown together b/c CBS dangled the renewal carrott in front of TPTB noses. JAG's ratings had taken a consistent slide since being moved to Friday nights....And if you want to blame the S10 slide then blame it on the fact that JMJ was gone LOL! Inside...
In reply to: Meg 's message, "That makes sense, but what about the reviews when JAG was on? Like if JAG dropped in ratings one week, did episode critiques seem to focus more on stuff in relation to DJE/Harm, or was there a mix? I know for me personally, when most of the season had Harm heavily featured and then they'd go do an ep with like four Harm scenes (and usually something light, not a case story-line, like the one with his stolen corvette), it didn't even feel like I was watching the same series. Plus, CBS cancelled the series shortly after DJE chose not to renew his contract. (inside)" on 21:27:32 08/25/06 Fri

JAG was an expensive show to produce....it cost around 2 million per ep to produce the show...DJE's salary was about 1/6th of that, and it was only garnering a small profit (when compared to other shows) margin for CBS....

The network gave TPTB the chance to try and bring up the ratings with a younger crowd, and probably something along the lines of "cut your costs" for any kind of renewal.

When compared to the shows that replaced JAG on Fridays, Threshold and Close To Home, they have done NO better ratings wise than JAG did.....but they were less expensive shows to produce which garnered more profits.

Sure its all about money....as for the eps and ratings you can factor in so many items....what time of year, what it was up against, was it pre-empted in some markets for sports specials and so on.....Maybe to you it wasn't the same show, but I enjoyed all the cast and loved episodes where Mac, Bud, AJ, Sturgis were featured. It was still JAG to me, but I know others have a varying opinion. Don't forget some of the Harm-lite eps you reference were because DJE wanted to DIRECT and DB gave him that opportunity....

JAG wasn't renewed solely b/c DJE's contract was up.....if that were the case, the network would've announced in January or earlier that the this was the last season, when it was known that DJE wouldn't be coming back...instead the network gave TPTB the chance, and didn't officially announce until like 3 weeks before the final ep aired, which is why IMHO we got so much Vic and others in the finale, instead of focusing on Mac & Harm...but I'm okay with the ending, because to me it ended with Mac & Harm together, happy at last.

The statement was just uncalled for and really insulting to the rest of the cast....every single one of them contributed and carried a burden, which is why the show was successful for the 9 years on CBS (you can't say it was successful on NBC because it didn't even last a full season before being yanked)....it was a team effort...a team load, not just one person.

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