Netflix has built quite a reputation for cancelling popular shows after just one or two seasons. On Thursday, the streamer's ax came down once again. Archive 81, the mystery/horror series starring Mamoudou Athie, was cancelled by Netflix after a single season. The series delivered some pretty big numbers early on, with Netflix reporting more than 70 million hours streamed in its second week, but the viewership apparently wasn't enough to save it.
Given how popular Archive 81 seemed, and the fact that it was made with what appeared to be a fairly conservative budget, quite a few TV fans are surprised to see Netflix cancel it so quickly. Unfortunately, Archive 81 now feels like yet another victim of a frustrating pattern for the streaming service, coming just days after the cancellation of The Baby-Sitters Club.
It didn't take long for fans of Archive 81 to get online and voice their frustrations with Netflix's decision. Some simply took the opportunity to talk about how much they enjoyed Archive 81. Others complained that Netflix's choices regarding which shows to cancel hardly make any sense, considering the strong numbers Archive 81 delivered earlier this year.
You can take a look at a few of these tweets below.
Archive 81 was in the Top 10 for a good long time, but that apparently wasn’t enough to survive. Is every Netflix show gonna have to be an International IP Sensation to make it to S2 now, or what….? https://t.co/MXjOF4Xsfz— Caroline Darya Framke (@carolineframke) March 24, 2022
bummed to hear about the cancellation of ARCHIVE 81, which I really liked. I honestly thought the ending was an effective one if they went the miniseries route, but people watched this show! just more ammo for the prevailing question about netflix: what the hell do they want?— ✍🏼 roxana | ✊🏼 zivar | ⚒️ hadadi (@roxana_hadadi) March 24, 2022
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well need mamoudou athie to be casted somewhere else cause the main reason i kept watching archive 81 was because of him pic.twitter.com/BnOI7WsGVh— caterina (@catekomatsu) March 24, 2022
This is some absolute bullshit!!!! #archive81 is on another level of quality compared to the trash TV Netflix has been putting out recently. How do I start a campaign to save this show? Is it just a hashtag?? #SAVEARCHIVE81 https://t.co/D6nUNz7q2X— Hanna Ines Flint (@HannaFlint) March 24, 2022
netflix cancelled Archive 81 after such a good first season and i’m PISSED. stop cancelling good shows.— morgs ▽ 💙💛 (@jurassic_morgan) March 24, 2022
brb crying about archive 81 getting cancelled. it was such a refreshing horror series UGH— rose 🥀 𐒓𐒀𐒇𐒆𐒀 (@rose_egal) March 24, 2022
@netflix Y'all really had to cancel #archive81, one of the greatest shows in a long time that I only learned about because it was consistently in your Top 10? I've been subscribed since 2011, but this broke me. I'm done. I'm out. pic.twitter.com/ThYWe3CLT2— DarthOrange (@DarthOrange) March 24, 2022