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Why The Mist TV Series Failed To Get Out Of Its First Season
When the critically-panned “The Mist” TV series, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, was canceled in 2017, negative fan response and low ratings weren't the linchpins that ended the show. Rather, it's because Spike, the network that aired “The Mist,” was already on its last legs by the time the series had started airing.
The male-centric cable network Spike officially rebranded into Paramount Network in 2018, and at the time, this was not a huge surprise as the channel only had a couple of highly-rated original shows on the air. “The Mist” was not one of these shows, with Variety reporting at the time of its cancellation that it had an awful Nielsen average rating of 0.14 per episode.
The cancellation of “The Mist” promptly led it to be forgotten by most Stephen King and horror fans, as well being overshadowed by the 2007 film. The show tried doing something unique with the material, however, that didn't translate well into the final product, resulting in it being one of the many casualties of Spike's rebrand into Paramount Network.