Tuesday, there was a social media storm across Canada as news leaked that the CBC/Netflix series Anne with an E was being canceled after three seasons. Immediately, #saveannewithane and #renewawae started trending on Twitter. The satirical website The Beaverton posted a fake news story under the headline, “Rioters demand return of Anne with an E.”

Things got so intense that series’ creator Moira Walley-Beckett went on Instagram to post that the series had “reached the end of the red Green Gables road.” Take heart, however, kindred spirits — Walley-Beckett also indicated that she’d love to do a final, feature film version to put a bow on the series — a possibility CBC and Canada’s various funding agencies could likely cover the cost of on their own.

Fans continue to take their wrath out on Netflix. The reality is, however, that in Canada, on CBC, the show was never a hit. In this its third season, Anne with an E has the same, national, average-minute-audience this year as it did last season, a shade over 400,000 total viewers. This puts it far outside the top 30 most-watched shows in Canada each week.

In the overnight ratings, the viewership is predominantly 50+, rendering it even less of a draw for many advertisers. The number of Canadians between the ages of 18 – 49 who watch it each week on CBC would not even fill the Rogers Centre.

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