The ratings gradually decreased. I wonder if this is why they didn't air the behind the scenes? Hmmm..
That IS a point. We view it that Discovery and other channels produce programs for us to watch. Actually... they survive by selling ad time to sponsors who want their products and/ or services to be known to the public, and so to be in demand. The programming is the bait to get us to watch the ad, and to buy their product. If there are fewer viewers, there are also fewer folks who will know about their product, and ad time with fewer viewers is less desirable for the sponsor, who will be less willing to pay as much, or to even purchase it.
Last year, with all of its real or possibly trumped up drama, there was a LOT more interest in the show, a whole lot more posts on message boards, and more viewers who might be consumers. This year, they tried to give us what they thought we wanted, even though that result was as odd in its own way. (3 teams in some of the same areas at the same times who never even SAW each other...?) There was a little more science, there was a narrator, and none of the teams stooped to bad mouth one another. No conflict, bland result, no interest.
Which was totally unnecessary. Not long after the Tuscaloosa tornado, Discovery aired a special about that tornado which was very informative, had a LOT of Chaser commentary- including TVN footage & Reed- plenty to be interested in, and lots of viewers who also saw the ads that paid for the programming. I just wish Discovery had handled the rest of Storm Chasers the way they handled the Tuscaloosa Tornado Special Report.