Top 10 Protests That Saved TV Shows from Cancellation


Designing Women

When CBS canceled the '80s sitcom "Designing Women," a fan letter-writing campaign successfully resurrected the show.

"Designing Women" started out with good ratings, but when CBS moved it from its Monday night time slot to Thursdays, viewership plummeted. In the days before DVRs, there was no way this fledgling comedy could compete with the popular series "Night Court," which aired at the same time on NBC. Fans pulled together with an advocacy group to organize a letter-writing campaign, inspired by the one that saved "Cagney & Lacey" a few years earlier. Around 50,000 fans sent letters to CBS demanding that they resurrect the show, and they also petitioned advertisers to support "Designing Women."

The network responded. In January of 1987, the head of CBS Entertainment reportedly flew a white flag in his office window and renewed "Designing Women."