This article is within the scope of WikiProject Television, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of television on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
This article is within the scope of WikiProject Horror, an attempt to build a comprehensive and detailed guide to fictional horror in film, literature and other media on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, you can edit one of the articles mentioned below, or visit the project page, where you can join the project and contribute to the general Project discussion to talk over new ideas and suggestions.
The "Ratings and cancellation" section currently says:
Though the series debuted to great success, watched by nearly 1 in 4 households, ratings declined as the onset of the Gulf War disrupted the broadcast schedule. Part of the blame was also placed on NBC for promoting the series' horror and vampire themes rather than the more appropriate romantic and fantasy themes.
This is not an accurate explanation for why the show's ratings declined. The broadcast schedule was not disrupted by the Gulf War -- after the 4-hour premiere, an episode aired on Friday every week, except for one pre-emption on February 22nd between the 8th and 9th episodes.
The "part of the blame" sentence is from a defensive Dark Shadows fan's point of view. Who says that romantic and fantasy themes are "more appropriate" than horror and vampire themes? It's a show about a vampire. Clearly the network's promotions worked, because the debut got great ratings. The ratings declined because people didn't like what they saw. You don't always need external forces to explain why a television show doesn't work; sometimes it's just not a very good show. -- Danny (talk) 00:57, 1 January 2016 (UTC)