HBO Max Renew/Cancel: Discussing Hacks’ Renewal + Much More

Below is a table of audience demand multipliers as reported by Parrot Analytics for HBO Max’s original series. A 1.0 multiplier is the average for all shows past and present, and is updated on a rolling 30-day basis. The numbers seen in this table are updated as of June 23, 2021. Let us know what you think by leaving a reaction and comment! 

I had been holding off on making a new HBO Max column until some numbers were reported for Hacks. The comedy was renewed for a second season as audience demand multipliers continue to be available. There’s very little telling how the first season performed, but it is noteworthy that Hacks is currently the #18 most popular show on IMDb. It also has positive reviews, including a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. My best guess as to the distribution rights is it is co-distributed by Warner and Universal, but there is no way to confirm that. Regardless, it’s important to recognize that HBO Max renewed a show from a different major production company rather quickly. 

Summer Camp Island
Summer Camp Island’s 3.8 audience demand multiplier is up from mid May’s 2.3. Having just premiered a new season within the past week, it’s imaginable that number will continue to rise. Combine this with Warner having full distribution rights, and it would hardly be a surprise if it gets another renewal. 

The Fungies!
The Fungies! is one of three shows in this table that doesn’t have a reported audience demand multiplier. It’s fully distributed by Warner and was renewed before, leading to my renewal prediction. 

That Damn Michael Che
That Damn Michael Che premiered to not a lot of hype or fanfare, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t bringing in subscribers. Warner only having partial distribution rights can’t help its chances unless they are keen with keeping a relationship with NBCUniversal. With Hacks premiering around the same time and also likely being a co-distribution between Warner and Universal, the fact That Damn Michael Che hasn’t been renewed yet is a little concerning. Since HBO Max hasn’t outright canceled anything yet, I’m not confident enough to predict a cancelation. Either way, it won’t be a long-term player for the streaming service unless it brings in a significant number of subscribers. The same is true for all other series. 

Generation has yet to be renewed or canceled and is certainly on the lower end when it comes to audience demand multipliers. As HBO Max’s lineup expands, they’ll have less of a need for shows with relatively low audience demand. However, they seem to be at the point of being patient with their offerings. It’s the main reason I have shows like it, Esme & Roy, and Tig n’ Seek in the light green. 

Made For Love
Made For Love has the highest audience demand multiplier out of all HBO Max’s original comedies. It also has solid international success. However, it’s been more than two months now since it last aired, and there’s still been no word on if it’s coming back for a second season or not. Being produced by Paramount Television Studios could be a positive if they aim to maintain a relationship with Paramount, or a negative if they want to go the route of having full ownership of all their shows. Hacks’ renewal leads me to believe their strategy is the former, making me confidence in my prediction. 

Track Record
Here is my track record for HBO Max Renew/Cancel so far. As these are made sporadically and there’s no telling when a show will be renewed, I am not always able to make a prediction in time. Of the shows that have had predictions, I am five-for-five. Everything else listed as ‘Already Renewed’ in the table above was renewed at the time of this column’s beginning. 

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