Community, NBC’s comedy series, will not be receiving a sixth season. The series has been officially cancelled, with low ratings proving to be a major hindrance.
Community was close to being cancelled a number of times due to poor ratings. The fourth season is widely considered to be Community’s poorest chapter, and it seems as though that season’s dwindling numbers rolled onto the fifth. The show’s ratings weren’t horrible, but they weren’t great either. This season accumulated 3.7 million viewers in the U.S., slightly topping the 3.5 million that watched the fourth.
The show’s fair share of ups and downs certainly haven’t helped either. NBC replaced creator and showrunner Dan Harmon after three seasons, only to bring him back for season five. Chevy Chase left the show before season four had finished, after criticising the series and falling out with Dan Harmon, and Donald Glover left after episode five of season five.
Deadline quoted Dan Harmon’s reaction to the cancellation: “I was on my way to LAX and somebody from Sony called me,” Harmon said. “The fans of that show have more reason to be upset than I do. I can try to make another show and also I got paid for every minute I cared about that show. The people that are most devastated are people who put unpaid labor into the show [aka fans]. They didn’t get compensated for it. They loved the show.”