Girls5eva’s Ratings No-Show Has Us Worried About Its Future — Again

Girls5eva’s Ratings No-Show Has Us Worried About Its Future — Again

What happens when you plan an extravagant worldwide tour… and nobody shows up?

That, unfortunately, seems to be the case for Girls5eva, the sharp and sassy music-industry comedy that moved from Peacock to Netflix for its third season this month. The show — staring Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Philipps and Paula Pell as the members of a forgotten Y2K-era girl group attempting a middle-age comeback — was never properly appreciated during its two Peacock seasons, and it felt like a lifeline when it got picked up by Netflix for Season 3, since the streaming giant routinely turns its acquired shows into monster hits.

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But since Girls5eva debuted on Netflix earlier this month, it has failed to make the streamer’s list of the week’s top 10 TV shows for either of the two weeks it’s been available. (The most recent chart covers Mar. 18-24.) Keep in mind: This is a high-profile acquisition that generated plenty of buzz with its move to Netflix and received lots of promotion this month. Netflix even treated it as a new series, assuming — probably correctly — that many viewers weren’t aware of its Peacock run. And yet it’s falling short of the likes of animated kids’ series Hot Wheels Let’s Race and USA’s two-decade-old procedural Monk. (TVLine has reached out to Netflix for more information on Girls5eva’s ratings data so far.)


And that’s a real shame, because Girls5eva has stealthily been one of the funniest and most quotable TV comedies in recent years, carrying on the legacy of 30 Rock with its pop culture-savvy zingers. (Tina Fey is an executive producer, by the way.) What’s more, Season 3 — the first to stream exclusively on Netflix — might actually be the best season yet, with the girls finding fresh laughs and surprising emotional depth on their cross-country comeback tour. The performances are fantastic (Emmy voters, learn how to spell Renée Elise Goldsberry’s name, please), the original songs are legitimately catchy, and the guest stars are plentiful. But somehow, it still hasn’t managed to crack the zeitgeist — or the Netflix algorithm.

We worried about Girls5eva’s future during its Peacock run, and then we were elated when Netflix swooped in to save it… and now we’re worried again. So consider this a public plea: If you loved 30 Rock, or lived through the TRL era, do us a favor and give Girls5eva a shot. Because we’re legitimately concerned that if you don’t — and soon — Girls5eva’s tour is going to be cut short.

Do you want to see Girls5eva get a fourth season? Sing it out loud in the comments.

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