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Video: CBS’ Tassler on ‘Moonlight’

May 14, 2008  •  Post A Comment

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke with TelevisionWeek’s Josef Adalian about the network’s prospects in the post-strike broadcast season, the addition of new comedies and the decision to can “Moonlight.”
“It was a very hard decision… but it was based on the ratings,” Ms. Tassler said.

92 Comments

  1. Bull, moonlight always won its time slot, and helped win the night every Friday.

  2. I guess over 7.5-8 million viewers (those that are counted anyway) and winning the coveted 18-49 demographic every Friday night wasn’t quite enough. Not to mention that it was a less expensive show to produce. I just wish CBS wouldn’t have kept stringing the fans, not to mention cast and crew, along for so long, especially with all of the positive publicity Moonlight received, mostly fan initiated. CBS never bothered to promote the show until the week before the final four episodes. And they wonder why the ratings weren’t higher! Bad business decision from where I’m sitting.

  3. CBS should have run reruns during the writer’s strike instead of Price Is Right. Moonlight was never promoted very much either. It held its own on the Friday night time slot and I think if CBS had shown reruns during the summer, more fans than the 8 million would have been behind it for season 2. Now we will never have more stories about MickBeth or any closure.

  4. Wow, I am so bummed! Moonlight was my favorite show on tv. Grrr! I think I am going cancel my tv subscription. I will never find out what happens with Mick and Beth 🙁

  5. nina said rarting were low i don’t think so the why i looked it this was the it show for cbs but i don’t think cbs really knows what they are doing did they ever read the messege board for moonlight guess not they don’t realize how mean viewer they are going to lose look what happened to CLOSE TO HOME that got cancelled tooo

  6. And we’re going to believe this lier now. She’s lied and lead all the Moonlight fans on letting us believe that renewal was a sure thing. I know in my heart that the issue was CBS & WB had a face off on who was going pay the most and neither would relent. Consequently, Moonlight, the cast, and the fans are the ones that paid. Now it would seem that CBS is in such a snit they also won’t let Moonlight go to CW.
    Who knows, if they might ever want to open negotiations again?

  7. What a liar, trying to justify their idiotic decision.
    “You’ll miss them when they’re gone.”
    No Nina. You’ll miss US when WE’RE gone.

  8. Ms. Tassler thinks that she had low ratings with Moonlight. She has not seen ANYTHING yet. I went on UTube a took a look at what they are replacing it with and you would have to have rocks for brains to watch this show. It was written for idiots. I guess that is what she thinks we are. That’s OK–I’m long gone from her network. Hopefully, based on her decison making skills she will be long gone too.

  9. What a snake in the grass Nina turned out to be. Does she have any credibility left, nope.

  10. Moonlight is the best show on TV. My husband and I both love it. We have to TIVO it because I work nights, but it’s the first show we watch when I’m off. Bad decision to cancel!!! I can’t believe that this show doesn’t have a large fan base. The chemistry between Mick and Bethis fantastic and Joseph is hilarious. BRING THIS SHOW BACK.

  11. The only JOKE on CBS is you

  12. What a bone head decision. I will be alive to watch them regret the decision to cancel this show loved by many. CBS is dead to me and my household.

  13. GOODBYE CBS!!! MISTAKE…….BIG MISTAKE!!

  14. Yeah women don’t watch Moonlight Nina.. When on every fan site I have ever been on 90% of them were females.
    I don’t wanna see some try hard sex & the city chicks sitting around talking about guys. I’d actually rather watch excellent guy characters ala Mick and Josef. Nina you really are blind, time to upgrade that prescription!

  15. What a load of Bull Dust she has no idea what people like to watch and she thinks women want to see more women on tv. Maybe she does but I prefer Alex O’loughlin and Jason Dohring myself and the new show looks like the usual crap that has been dished out as ‘entertainment’ for the dumb and dumber catagory. We women want our Moonlight back!!! Nothing else will do.

  16. What a crock…Here’s the info from THIER OWN releases….
    Published: 05/12/08
    MOONLIGHT won its time period in households (4.9/09), viewers (7.61m), adults 25-54 (2.6/08 ) and tied for first in adults 18-49 (1.9/06, with ABC).
    Published: 05/05/08
    MOONLIGHT won its time period in households (5.0/09), viewers (7.89m), adults 25-54 (2.8/08 ) and adults 18-49 (2.1/07) for the second consecutive week.
    Published: 04/28/08
    MOONLIGHT won its time period in households (5.0/09), viewers (7.93m), adults 25-54 (2.8/08 ) and adults 18-49 (2.1/07). Compared to the program’s first-run live plus same day delivery, MOONLIGHT added +20,000 viewers (from 7.91m), was even in households and maintained 90% of its adults 25-54 delivery (from 3.1/08 ) and 91% of adults 18-49 (from 2.3/07).
    Now what part of WON ITS TIME PERIOD am I misunderstanding!!!

  17. Buuuuuuuuuuuu!
    Moonlight is the best show.
    hate cbs
    HATE CBS!!!
    BY
    Valentina, Elisa, Diego
    from Italy

  18. WHY hasn’t this woman been fired?!

  19. cBS… Worst Network EVER!!!!

  20. What a pile of s***. Get her off she hasnt got a clue and the moonlight fans are beyond caring listening to her. Adios CBS!!!

  21. What an IDIOT!!
    YOUR LOSS!!!
    I hope she gets fired due to the backlash that is still yet to come from this.

  22. CBS sucks. Will never watch CBS again. This woman just shits me, didn’t she say last week that she loved Joel Silver’s pitch for Moonlights second season??? Liar liar pants on fire!

  23. Oh Ms. Tassler you poor misguided soul. A show that consistently wins it’s time slot no matter how LITTLE the network promoted the show – just imagine if someone at CBS had actually taken the time to promote the show BEFORE the fans got involved.
    All I can tell you is that you WILL regret this decision – and I hope your advertisers realize that the fact that CBS has just lost 8 million loyal viewers and their money lies solely on your head. If you don’t think Ghost Whisperer and Numbers will suffer for this decision too you’re crazy.
    Ms. Tassler – when the dust settles on this one – you’re going to look like a very very foolish woman.

  24. The only reason I tuned into that Friday night block on CBS was because Moonlight was right in the middle of their lineup. My hope is that GW and #s lose a crapload of they’re ratings numbers as we Moonlight fans tune-out CBS. Maybe if their “Friday Favorites” take a dive they will rethink their decision. Apparently Moonlight winning it’s timeslot every week wasn’t enough; the network is in a snit because they lose viewers from their lead-in GW and then pick up more viewers for #s…I will proceed now to record the only three shows I feel are worth watching on CBS. I refuse to give them any live TV time, and I hope their network gets the message. Thank you CBS for taking off what was actually an entertaining show (remember, entertaining television? not reality crap or something beginning with CSI?) and leaving me no reason to show any loyalty to you, as once again you have proven the loyal fans get shafted.

  25. what a joke!Nina Tassler is a brainless moron.

  26. “It was a very hard decision… but it was based on the ratings,” Ms. Tassler said.
    More like *It was a very BAD decision… but it was based on my own STUPIDITY!
    lmfao, Tassler….
    LMFAO

  27. I hope I don’t get in trouble with my bosses. I’m writing this from work and I just couldn’t resist responding to this news.
    I’m so very disappointed with the folks at CBS. Moonlight is a great show and I just can’t understand why it was cancelled. I heard that another network is picking up the show… that’s great news! I will follow the show wherever it may go. I simply love Moonlight, no ifs, ands, or buts!

  28. Nina Tassleer is a baboon!

  29. This woman dose not know what she is talking about. Moonlight was probably the only reason that CBS Friday nights got high marks. Not because of Ghost Whisper and did she not say she was pulling for Moonlight to stay on the air. BS she is just another big wig there out for the money and say and do what she can to keep everyone happy at the moment but truth be told she is a money hungry woman who will lie to get what she wants. I cant believe she thinks that people will want to see ANOTHER show about a woman trying to find a husband instead of this wonderful tv show MOONLIGHT..
    SHE NEEDS TO BE IN A STRAIGHT JACKET.

  30. “Based on the ratings” You gotta be kidding me???
    Bring Moonlight back! It just IS the best show out there!!!!!

  31. Well, Ms. Tassler, I hope you are very happy when that piece of crap show you are putting in place of Moonlight tanks.
    I personally have never thought of CBS to have comedy shows. They have shows like CSI and a thousand knock-offs of it, and the only show on there that would be thought of as comedy has a strung out, piece of trailer trash guest starring on it, so needless to say it wouldn’t be in my house anyway. I hope Nina Tassler is fired for such a stupid, STUPID decisison!

  32. Nina you publicly went on record and said “Moonlight” was your baby, not to mention that you just made a public announcement that CBS is known for it’s comedy, hello? NCIS, 3 CSI’s, Criminal Minds, The Unit, Ghost Whisperer, Without A Trace, Cold Case, Numb3rs, and you have the audacity to say you’re replacing the show with a comedy, when actually it’s going to be about ex-wives, which is a drama, oh and to add insult to the injury you’re bringing on Swingers from the 70’s era, and I’m quite sure that promotes safe sex and STD’s right? There is Monday night for comedy, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Yes, CBS is known for comedy more than drama, yes I can see that clearly now, thank you so much for the clarification.
    Moonlight kept it’s ratings, it won Best New Drama out of 22 different new dramas that aired this past fall, the fans, TV Guide, Access Hollywood did all of your advertising for you. So, 8 – 10 million , viewers of the demographics you wanted to reach just wasn’t enough. You never gave it the opportunity to prove itself, and it held the ratings in it’s time slot. Of course you go by the Nielsen ratings boxes that are all out in the midwest with the farmers, who go to bed before “Moonlight” could come on. Why not have Nielsen boxes for the east and west coasts, afraid of getting a little education out there?
    I am sorely disappointed that you felt the necessity of canceling “Moonlight” when it won it’s time slot ever Friday evening, and you were sitting on a gold mine, because there is a new movie being released this summer on vampires, which will only renew the genre, and a younger generation will be looking for shows with the same quality therefore losing the teens.
    Perhaps whoever picks up “Moonlight” will actually treat it with the decency it deserves. I feel bad for CBS, they had a treasure in their grasp and tossed it out as if it was refuse.

  33. The ratings for Moonlight were not much lower than the rating for Ghost Whisperer. The show was never promoed the way it should have been, but yet it won it’s time slot almost every week!
    People who were watching TV on Fridays at 9, were mostly watching Moonlight.
    When you have such a fan base, it would have been wise to promo the show a bit more and give it a chance at a second season. there have been coutless other shows that were slow starters such as Sienfeld on NBS. It has become a show that many people use catch phrases from Yada yada yada…..
    CBS this was a very unwise decison on your part. You had the biggest hit for the up and coming season. Remember that the vamp genre is VERY big right now, and the movie Twilight will be out soon. Bood about vamps are flying off the shelves. Although I am not a tween or teen, no I am your target audiance, a female of 47 who buys all the household goods. Moonlight is and always will be the best show on TV!

  34. I fart in CBS’ general direction! I fart in CBS’ general direction!

  35. Ms. Tazzler,
    I highly disagree with CBS’s decision to cancel
    Moonlight!
    You had a Guaranteed, 8 million plus viewership
    for Moonlight.
    Why you would want to loose that, is beyond my comprehension.
    It’s star, Alex O’laughlin, is Great actor! Who gave his ALL to this show – and quite Frankly
    Deserves Better, than your network gave him!!!!
    Aren’t there Enough comedy shows on tv already?
    I will No Longer, watch the CBS network, because of your decision.
    So good luck replenishing your loss of 8 million viewers on Friday nights at 9PM!
    Thank you.

  36. One little hour on Friday was all we were asking for. Really we don’t care what time or day it is on as long as IT IS ON! I hope this is worth losing me and my 8 million plus friends.
    Good Luck, you’re gonna need it, cauz “it is SO on!”

  37. RATINGS? WHAT THE HELL IS SHE FREAKEN STUPID? THE RATINGS FOR MOONLIGHT WERE VERY HIGH, IT WON THE PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. FRIDAY WILL BE THE LAST TIME I WATCH CBS AT 9PM

  38. The only reason I watched other CBS shows was in hope of seeing promos for Moonlight-guess I don’t have to do that anymore! Back to cable.

  39. What a load of BS!! Moonlight is the best show on Fridays by far. I even started watching “Ghost Whisperer” ahead of it. CBS has been my favorite network for a long time now. I watch all 3 CSI’s and I occasionally catch 2 1/2 Men and some of the other shows. Now I have to wonder what idiot would cancel a show that won a People’s Choice award and was highest in the ratings?
    I can only hope Nina the knucklehead will advise that they sell it on DVD.

  40. Nina,
    You should not be in charge of television, WOMEN were the core audience of Moonlight. I’ve seen the new ex list promo and im laughing at you. I hope it tanks with your career.

  41. Moonlight was the ONLY CBS show I watched. I tuned in to Ghost Whisperer this year for the first time, just waiting for Moonlight to come on. I didn’t go out Friday nights just to watch Moonlight! I recorded every episode of Moonlight on my DVR & have watched them over & over again! I have never been so passionate about a TV show EVER! The reason this show worked was because of the great cast members. The chemistry between Mick & Beth & Josef & Coraline! It wasn’t strictly a vampire show, but so much more! I am truly depressed over their decision to cancel this show. I WILL NOT watch CBS anymore!

  42. Madam, You have made a grave error in your “snap” decision this time. I feel that this mistake will be a turning point for your carreer and for CBS. Moonlight was an excellent program, won The People’s Choice Award and should have been better supported and promoted by the network. One can only assume that ratings had nothing to do with this decision. Either you have NO CLUE about what ACTUAL viewers are wanting, or, you have some personal vendetta against this program or someone connected to it. It was challenged from the start and still survived. A winner!

  43. Moonlight fans will not stop posting our feelings. We are seriously upset with CBS’s decision. All along Moonlight was doing well for the time slot it was given. With the devotion of it’s fans Moonlight was sure to grow stronger in ratings if given a chance. We patiently waited for the writer’s strike to be over. During the writer’s strike the fans were not even given reruns. Instead they replaced our show with a game show so of course it lost some of it’s momentum! It is true that we wouldn’t have the tv industry if it wasn’t for the writers, actors, and the rest of the production crew but fans are the viewers, fans are the ratings, fans are the ones that make the television industry a success or failure. So our opinions should count!

  44. Ratings don’t count, money does. They only care about money. Fans don’t count either even though we promoted this show out the wazoo FOR FREE for them. This show has worldwide fans, not just American fans. It’s HUGE!!! We are not going without a fight!!!!
    Call and write to the CW. They are trying to work out a deal for Moonlight to go there.
    Everyone visit
    http://moonlightarmy.com/
    and
    http://www.moonlight-united.com
    for more info on how to SAVE OUR VAMPIRE!!!!!!!!

  45. Moonlight was my ONLY reason for watching CBS on Fridays. GW has become boring and predictable, and #’s never caught my interest.
    They tell me that my generation (Baby Boomer) has all of the buying power at this time. Well, LISTEN UP, SPONSORS!!!! This is one Baby Boomer who will NOT be tuning in to CBS on Fridays anymore. Actually, there will be TWO less, because my husband and I always enjoyed watching Moonlight together!
    I am hoping that another network will see the writing on the wall and pick it up. Maybe USA or A&E. The major networks have been buying up THEIR re-runs lately!

  46. One of the worst aspects of this fiasco is the fact that CBS were stringing the fans along until 2 days before the final decision. Until then everyone (and I mean in the media) had been very upbeat about the prospects of the show returning. I think it is appalling that CBS should treat the fans in such a cynical fashion. I don’t know just how much the actors were aware of what was going on but if they were in the same position as the fans then that makes it even worse because CBS are toying with their professional lives.

  47. Moonlight fans are gathering from noon until whenever..today and tomorrow at the entrance of TheWB and TheCW (4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank CA) to support their favorite vampire.
    But don’t fret…even though their fangs will be showing, they will only bite if you’re a CBS executive.
    Let the howling commence…

  48. I’m not sure where Ms Nina is getting her scripts from, but she should fire her writer and get someone who actually listens to what the audience has to say. Moonlight is a great show, it’s something different finally with really good actors. My family & I are soooo tired of all the reality and game shows on. We were really excited to have a show to watch without feeling like throwing the TV into the dumpster. Moonlight is one of our favorites and now that’s going too. I wish someone would wake up and see what is going on and do something about this before it’s too late.

  49. Every show came back “ratings-challenged” after the writers strike…so why single out Moonlight, which was still winning it’s time slot on Friday nights? Not too mention they barely promoted it from the get-go. Imagine how many viewers it might have had if CBS had actually shown any faith in Moonlight to begin with?

  50. What a crock…. cbs is not really know for comedy or anything really… seriously I watched it for Moonlight and that was it.
    Heck I use to tune for Moonlight and then Stargate Atlantis and then on to Blood Ties.
    Fridays use to be the Best night on TV actually even though it was 3 different stations
    I do not tune in early for the lead in show ans I never stayed for the show after. I can honestly say it was for Moonlight and Moonlight only…..
    Back to Renting movies for my house…. There are more and better options with Netflix than TV now a days.

  51. The only reason I watch CBS on Friday nights is to see Moonlight. Wonder what will happen to Ghost Whisperer and Numbers now that the Moonlight fans will be elsewhere. Sad, isn’t it? I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a poor decision made by a “major” network.

  52. She’s the same idiot that is forever canceling the good shows and keeping the pissy shows going. CBS should fire her for not looking at ALL the ratings rather than their coveted neilson ratings that are NOT accurate by a long shot. That doesn’t include internet and dvr’s accurately, etc.

  53. Living in England means we get the shows after they have been bounced around America and the moon.
    I love Moonlight and i cant believe it’s being cancelled – i am very angry and disapointed because the ratings clearly add up. The advertising for the show was not great as i stumbled across Moonlight during it’s second episode, but as soon as i finished watching it i told everyone i know and now we are hooked!!!!
    EVERYONE FROM ENGLAND WOULD LIKE TO SAY STUFF YOU CBS FOR RUINING A GOOD THING FOR US BRITS!!!!!!!!!

  54. What was CBS (Nina) thinking. I don’t believe here for one second-they need to realize their mistake and stop playing “Hollywood Politics” and realize what the people in the real world want.

  55. That is complete crap! Moonlight was a fantastic show with a lot to offer! Superb writing, funny one-liners and situations, intense (but not over-done) drama, and not to mention the phenomanal acting!!
    Moonlight won the People’s Choice Award for Best New Drama for a reason!!

  56. yeah right everybody knows it wasnt because of ratings!!!! there was like 8 million people watching !!!!!!!!!!

  57. besides didnt alex have like a 6 yr. contract with cbs/moonlight what the HELL!!!!
    you are a very very stupid woman for doing that.
    i hope your new show goes down!!!
    ugh…. i still cant believe you did that what the hell is wrong with you?!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. Ugh! That is such a shame. It’s the best show on CBS IMO. What comedies is she talking about? I don’t watch any comedies on CBS. I wish they would reconsider.

  59. I can’t believe that this show was not getting enough viewers. I watched faithfully. This was my faviorite night and I think CBS did not give it a break and is punishing the show when the strike had a big impact on new shows. It’s not fair.

  60. CBS and comedy? Now that is funny. One night does not a comedy dynasty make.

  61. CBS comedy? I don’t find any CBS comedies actually funny. Now NBC has comedies -Office, My Name is Earl, Scrubs…
    Not enough viewers? It would get more viewers if you actually promoted the show. How is a show supposed to get more viewers if you don’t show any advertisements for it? The viewers that the show has are the diehards that follow it faithfully. Moonlight was the winner for it’s timeslot, and it won People’s Choice Award for Best New Drama. Obviously, something is wrong with this picture. 8 million counted viewers isn’t enough? And that number doesn’t even include the people that watch Moonlight later on CBS.com.
    The new show going in Moonlight’s slot looks like crap, and this 18 year old female won’t be watching it. So much for your key demographic.

  62. Well, that’s clearly a load of horseshit! The ratings were some of the highest ever seen, and the show won awards! Whatever the real reason is, it’s not what she’s telling us. CBS has basically told 8 million fans to f**k off, and I for one am not happy.

  63. CBS HAS MADE HUGE, HUGE MISTAKE IN CANCELING MOONLIGHT. I AM 55, I MAY NOT BE PART OF THE DEMIGRAPHICS, BUT I LOVED MOONLIGHT,
    CBS MUST STAND FOR CAN BE STUPID WHEN MAKING DECISIONS ON WHAT TO KEEP ON THE AIR AND WHAT TO CANCEL. YESTERDAY I WAS SADDNED AND SHOCKED WHEN I HEARD THAT MOONLIGHT WAS CANCELED,I THOUGHT FOR SURE THAT WE WOULD GET THAT SECOND SEASON. TODAY I AM MAD AS HELL AND I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE(NETWORK). NO MOONLIGHT NO CBS

  64. what a ninny,nina must have s#$%t for brains,to cancel moonlight.It won THE PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD for best new drama, key word (PEOPLE). I guess that don’t amount to anything. well i am just one out the 8 million other viewers that will not be watching anything on cbs anytime soon. have a nice day a#$%#&e

  65. I think CBS has shown how little they regard the opinions of their viewers. If this was truly a spat with WB over splitting the costs, then they should get over it and spend some time promoting the show, not canceling it. My wife and I loved the show and it was well-placed between Ghost and Numb3rs. Whatever network genius (Tassler?) thinks the ex-list is going to mesh well in that slot should be fired. They will probably end up costing Numb3rs their ratings, because Friday nights, I’ll be watching a whole lot more DVD’s.

  66. Tonight will be the last time I watch ANYTHING on CBS – period.

  67. She knows not what she says or what she is doing.
    What a joke. for once, Friday night came alive with a cool take on the sometimes over used Private Eye series. This was so different from Angel (no weird demons coming out of the woodwork,no offence, I loved Angel) but this is about human and vampires co-existing with each other. Great chemistry between ALL the actors, action, romance. CBS is making a huge mistake and they will lose alot of viewers.

  68. NOTHING ELSE TO SAY, BUT – “WHAT A SHAME”. HOPE YOU GET FIRED OVER THIS…. BIG MISTAKE.

  69. Lady, I don’t know what your problem is…
    You canceled Moonlight, based on an OUT OF DATE RATINGS SYSTEM, with ratings from not even 4 episodes? After the writers’ strike? With little promotion? And you admit it was a ‘snap decision’?!!
    I for one, DO NOT associate CBS with comedy, not at all!!! Actually, most of what I watched on CBS were the dramas, not the comedy, and certainly NOT the ‘reality TV’junk!
    Your ‘snap decision’ to cancel this amazing and unique show has ended my faith in network TV.
    You did it with Jericho, and now you’ve done it with Moonlight. You may as well cancel those ‘People’s Choice Awards’ while you’re at it – they obviously don’t mean a damn thing. 🙁

  70. I guess I’m not watching anyting on CBS Friday’s anymore first Joan of Aracaida, then Close to Home, and Moonlight.

  71. “ratings-challenged after the strike”
    Ummm….hate to break it to ya Nina, but EVERY show was ratings-challenged after the strike! It was an across the board deal, though Moonlight had LESS of a dip than other shows…..you don’t see them cancelling Grey’s Anatomy and such because they had a post-strike dip too, do you?! Give me a break and cut the crap….
    To quote the song you used in the final Moonlight promos:
    “No, we’re not gonna waste another moment in this [network].
    And we won’t come back….
    We’ll leave the past in the past,
    Gonna find the future.
    If misery loves company well,
    So long, you’ll miss me when I’m gone!”
    So long Nina! You’ve lost me as a viewer for good–I’m gone! And there are many other women like me you’re losing b/c of this idiotic decision….so much for you desire for more women viewers! *eyeroll*

  72. I think Nina Tassler and CBS heads are a bunch of idiots!! How could they cancel MOONLIGHT, a show that won BEST NEW TV DRAMA, by the People’s Choice awards. AH!! Somebody must have been watching, like the PEOPLE. NO instead they will keep on STUPID reality shows, and put on new shows that will suck anyway. They wouldn’t know a good show if it BIT them (vampire humor). No wonder CBS is always in last place among all the major networks!!!!!!!

  73. Too Nina Tassler and the rest of the MEATHEAD executives, I am a 60 yrs. old disabled man, who is blind in my right eye. Out of no where came a good show like MOONLIGHT which I enjoyed watching with my good left eye on Friday nights. It seems to me that the same fate of MOONLIGHT was the same as DARK SHADOWS. IF I could see a good show out of one good eye then maybe you people need two good eyes!!!! to see your mistake.

  74. I can’t believe that MOONLIGHT was cancelled! CBS is not in my vocabulary anymore. I love MOONLIGHT! It is the best show out there. Tessler is nuts! With the writers stike and hardly any promos they should at least give it one more shot! I am really depressed about this. It just eats on me that I won’t be able to see Alex and Sophia anymore. There are other shows on CBS that I watch but no more NO MORE!!!!!!! If it weren’t for the fans there would be no, I say NO CBS, NBC, ABC or any cable channels either. I don’t think the head honchos realize that anymore. They do what they want with no regard for the fans! How can that be?? Well CBS good bye. You are off of my television as of NOW!!! Tessler, you should get your head out of the sand along with anyone else who was involved cancelling MOONLIGHT!! Kiss me GOOD BYE!!!!!!!!

  75. Nina…I hope for your sake you have a job in the wings because you are definitely going to lose this one…PINK SLIP on the way. The 8 million + viewers of MOONLIGHT will see to it. You explanation was idiotic and not based in fact. There is obviously another reason behind the cancellation of MOONLIGHT and the fans are caught up in your drama. With all the crap that CBS has on tv…the cancellation of MOONLIGHT is insane. You had another XFILES in your lap and let it slip away. But we won’t..we are going to continue to fight to get another home for MOONLIGHT and our loyalty and money will follow the network smart enough to snap it up.

  76. What a crock. Clearly, Jordan McDeere she ain’t.

  77. WORST DECISION EVER! Moonlight was averaging as many fans as The Office!! Clearly CBS doesn’t recognize that because CBS doesn’t know comedy at all! That’s laughable! What was the last “hit” comedy CBS had? “Everybody Loves Raymond?” That was the most misogynistic, offensive show to women! Then here comes Moonlight – GOLDEN to women, from me, the 23-year-old college student, to my 60-year-old mother!!! Great romance, action, comedy and HOT characters>> the formula for success! What morons!!!!!

  78. I am SO UPSET by this decision that I WILL NEVER come back to watch another show on CBS! The only time I watched CBS was for Moonlight and sometimes Ghost Whisperer beforehand. Now everyone in my house will watch ZERO cbs programming. Treat us with no respect, and this is what you get in return.

  79. I AM IN AGREEMENT WITH THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ON THIS BOARD. MS,TASSLER, ARENT YOU THE ONE THAT WAS HIP ON MOONLIGHT AND ALEX O’LAUGHLIN?
    AND NOW YOU STICK A DAGGER IN HIS AND MOONLIGHT/CAST BACK/STAKE IN THE HEART OF ALL, ALSO.
    THE RATINGS WERE DOWN ACROSS THE BOARD FOR EVERY SHOW ON EVERY NETWORK AND MOONLIGHT STILL HAD BETTER RATINGS THAN MAJORITY OF THEM EXCEPT GW AND NUMBERS, ALSO THERES WEREN’T MUCH BETTER,WHATS UP WITH THAT?
    SOUNDS LIKE THERE IS A PERSONAL VENDETTA AGAINST ALEX/MOONLIGHT/CAST/CREW/PRODUCERS.
    THERE IS MORE HERE THAN METS THEY EYE,I THINK YOU GAVE UP YOUR STANCE ON MOONLIGHT FOR THE SUITS AT CBS, YOUR WORD MEANS NOTHING TO THE VIEWERS ANYMORE NOT TO MENTION WE HAVE ALL LOST RESPECT FOR YOU AND CBS FOR THIS TERRIBLE INJUSTICE YOU HAVE BESTOWED UPON ALEX/MOONLIGHT/CAST/CREW/PRODUCERS.
    IN ORDER TO DEFEAT THE BEAST YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO BECOME THE BEAST AND THIS IS WHAT CBS AND MS,TASSLER HAVE DONE, THEY ARE NOW THE BEAST.
    WITH ALL OF THAT SAID YOU HAVE LOST ANOTHER VIEWER, ALSO I HAVE TAKEN GW AND NUMBERS OUT OF MY DVR RECORDER,I WILL NO LONGER RECORD THEM FROM CBS THE SAD THING IS, I REALLY LIKE THOSE TWO SHOWS.
    IT IS NOW A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE.

  80. Judging from my fellow members on the Moonlight forums, CBS had its target audience already! Grownup women loving every moment of their handsome vampires, the love story, and the adventure/mystery – many of them educated, who normally read books or watch movies and confess that not much on T.V. hooks them. The cancellation of this show not only eliminated some interesting content from the CBS lineup, I think it was a bad financial move because CBS is going to lose all those viewers (repulsed by the replacement) .I doubt the new show will have the pulling power that Moonight did.

  81. This decision on Nina’s part is going to come back and bite her in the a**. CBS is now going to lose Friday nights in the Fall and the only one
    CBS will be able to point the finger at is Nina. If she really believes she made the best decision, I have a bridge I’d like to sell to her!
    CBS holds a 5 year contract on Alex O’Laughlin. I wonder if Nina gave MOONLIGHT the ol’ heave ho because there is something else in the works. Who knows, but whatever happened, IT WASN’T DUE TO RATINGS OR POPULARITY. How dumb does she think the viewing public is?

  82. I NEVER SAW IT ADVERTISED! I never even knew the show was on until I didn’t shut my tv off after whisperer – HAD I KNOWN I would have watched it every week! Crappy job of advertising. Don’t worry. We are asking other networks to pick up the show. WE WANT IT. Your LOSS.
    tsk tsk.

  83. I only watched 4 CBS shows, Moonlight, Numbers, CSI-Miami and NCSI. Since you have cancel Moonlight, I will probably not watch Numbers. I think CBS has lost touch with the people.

  84. How do we contact CBS to let them know they messed up? Does anyone have any contact information?

  85. THAT IS ABSOLUTE BS!!!! THE FREAKING SHOW WON ITS TIME SLOT EVERY SINGLE WEEK!!! DON’T LIE TO US SAYING “IT WAS BASED ON THE RATINGS”!!! YOU MUST HAVE A SERIOUS BRAIN TUMOR, ‘CAUSE IF YOU’RE CANCELING A SHOW THAT GOT MORE THAN 7 & 8 MILLION VIEWERS EVERY WEEK, THEN YOU HAVE TO BE VERRRYYY STUUPPIIDD!!!! (vampire sounds)!!! Evil woman!!!! THE FANS WILL GET IT BACK ON THE AIR!!!! VAMPIRE SOLIDARITY RAH RAH RAH!!!!!

  86. This is one of the most rediculous decisions made. These programing people are stupid and can’t see beyond their advisors. What a good show and to loose it forever is disappointing. I wish I knew what to say to convince them they have lost something they will never retrieve.

  87. It is so easy to put down Nina Tessler & CBS – but I think for those of us who really want to bring back Moonlight next season, need to make our voices heard. The more voices, the louder we will be. Here are just a couple of sites that are dedicated to saving Moonlight
    http://www.renewmoonlight.com
    http://www.moonlightarmy.com
    http://www.moonlight-united.com
    Also, go to http://www.tv.com and be sure to vote for the shows that you are glad are gone, those that should not have been cancelled (Moonlight) and those that they are bringing on that we will not watch.

  88. I want Moonlight back!! Moonlight was such a good show!!! If there is any Moonlight fans on this site go to www. Heynielsen .cpm and vote for this show! thanks

  89. I am in total disbelief that Moonlight is cancelled!!! I haven’t even bothered to check since this was such a great new show last season, there is no way in hell the show would not come back for season 2!!
    This is THE best new show on TV other than Eli Stone and I look forward to watching this every Friday right after Ghost Whisperer….
    What is the damn network thinking? I am so tempted just to give up my TV due to these stupid moves by the networks that don’t give a damn what we, the people think.
    BEST NEW SHOW BY THE PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS: MOONLIGHT

  90. Ms. Tazzler is a obvious IDIOT and is Truley as Dumb as she Looks! How can CBS take the word of this Dumb Ass and cancel Moonlight? I hope someone there has an ounce of sense and puts the show back on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  91. Thank you, Ms. Tassler. You have made this decision very easy for me…no more “Moonlight”? No more CBS.

  92. Hello! I’m not used to writing to networks asking them to KEEP programs. Through the years I have seen the poorest of quality in programming.
    That is why I am writing to sk you to consider “Moonlight”
    for the fall lineup. This series has not been given the chance it deserves. In my family alone (which consists of 6 children and 20 grandchildren, we always watched to show, talked about the last episode, and had many lively discussions about what was going to happen next.
    We need our bit of fantasy in this world. It’s better than drugs and liquor. Let us satisfy this need with “Moonlight”.
    Thanks,
    Gee

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