Hmm, I don't know if that's a fair challenge. The fact there's not a case where a TV show got renewed based solely on a petition doesn't say much. Changing an (often stubborn) network decision is a significant task, and all the credible effort seem to include more than just internet petitions as a technique. I can't imagine a network would specifically credit the internet petition portion of an effort, since doing so would encourage them to happen every time they make an unpopular decision.Originally Posted by John
But that said, I've read in the past that Charmed got at least one renewal primarily because of the fan petition. There was a lame sitcom a year or two ago that got renewed similarly, but it's name escapes me (was it Life with Bonnie or Grace Under Fire? Oh I don't know. I don't watch sitcoms.) Several series apparently got intermediate results of DVD box sets that include new, or at least previously unseen episodes, as a results of petitions (Firefly, Freaks and Geeks, Wonderfalls come to mind.) Outside of TV, there are apparently many political petitions that have been successful in garnering support for certains bills that were in consideration at the time.
And tbh, we're talking about bringing two more kids along on an already hugely profitiable tour, not the multi-million dollar risk of adding additional seasons to a struggling show. IMO, it's at least feasible it could work. If there's any series that likes to cater to its crazy fans, it's AI. Well, that's my 2 cents in support of online petitions, which I'm not particularly a big supporter of.