Report: Longmire Being Shopped to Amazon, Netflix — But Not TNT?

Longmire Cancelled

Might old-school Longmire wind up on one of them fancy, space-age “streaming” services?

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Our sister site Deadline is hearing that Warner Horizon, which produces the beloved yet cancelled-by-A&E drama, is preparing to shop it to both cable and digital outlets in the coming days.

Netflix (which currently streams previous Longmire seasons) and Amazon are said to be among Warner Horizon’s streaming-service prospects, while Hulu and the burgeoning Yahoo Screen are considered to be long shots.

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Ad-supported cablers are less likely to bite, as they must cater to a younger demo than the likes of Longmire attracts. (Despite being A&E’s most watched scripted series to date, Longmire wrapped Season 3 with an audience of 3.7 million viewers and a 0.6 demo rating among Adults 18-49, down 16 and 45 percent from its sophomore finale.)

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Per Deadline, TNT — which originally developed (yet ultimately passed on) Longmire back in 2011, and where Last Ship and Major Crimes, for example, last pulled 4.4 mil/1.0 and 5.7 mil/0.8 — is not interested in offering the oater a new home.

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78 Comments
  1. Cassandra says:

    It sad that the show is too old for cable viewers(although I am in that demo) so it’s best chance is to find a home online, an outlet more likely to be used by the younger viewers cable is so desperate for. I really hope someone picks this show up, it’s definitely got life left in it storywise. I think the lesson to be learned from all of this is don’t bother getting invested in any scripted show for A&E.

  2. dj says:

    PLEASE PLEASE someone take it on. It’s a fantastic show.

  3. DJ Doena says:

    I don’t understand the logic behind this. Why would Longmire appeal more to “older people”. I’m 37 and I watch “Arrow” and “Longmire”

    • DC says:

      well at age 56 I watch Longmire, Arrow, The Blacklist and The Big Bang Theory on a regular basis. I like to refer to it as “young at heart”

      • Shelley says:

        Well, I’m older than all of you. And I faithfully watch Longmire, Arrow, Orange is the New Black and Orphan Black. Big Bang Theory from time to time. Longmire has been my most favorite. Reality programming is not for me. Even, Americas Got Talent. That’s the best one, IMO. I don’t care for The Voice, American Idol, Survivor, the Wives of Any place, and most of all The Kardashians. So, when a well rounded written, acted, produced show about adults came to A&E, it was refreshing to watch. I loved it more and more each passing season. Longmire is a great catch for any other channel to acquire. I have no reservations that it will be picked soon. It’s just too good to put out to pasture.

      • Vesper says:

        I’m 57 and all the shows you named are among my favorites. Top of the list is SLEEPY HOLLOW… These “polls” are always putting people into boxes. An intelligently written show is going to appeal to people. Period. Hoping LONGMIRE is renewed…

    • Lucy says:

      I’m right there with you — I’m 31, and I watch both Arrow and Longmire. I think A&E made a big mistake.

    • Ally Oop says:

      But our age group doesn’t watch it live. That’s the problem. We watch it more often on DVR or online. Something else to consider is that online commentators on sites like these tend on average to be younger and in the target demo and judging from the amount of comments (last I checked there were over 1800 comments regarding the cancellation on tvline) there are a lot if people watching this show in the target demo but probably not live which makes it the perfect show for streaming.

      • Kristi says:

        I am 56 and very rarely watch live tv anymore. I loved Longmire and watch Arrow, Pretty Little Liars, Revenge, NCIS etc etc. I really enjoy all types of shows and it’s a shame they have to put ratings into an age bracket. I really wonder how many people out there watch live tv. I can watch a lot more tv by dvr than live and I don’t see how they can get an accurate “rating count” with so many watching on dvr. I hope they renew Longmire it was a great show with great acting.

    • sandra says:

      i also watch arrow and teenwolf and also loved watching longmire and couldnt wait for the new series.i am fed up of getting into things and then they get cancelled. i am 59

    • leprecaun says:

      I’m 44 and I watch both Arrow & Longmire too. I love Big Bang Theory also!

  4. Gail says:

    Thank you for a good article . We as fans can only hope that there is a network, who recognizes quality TV . We do, and love this show ! I am in the demo that they keep talking about and I find that reason laughable ! I will never watch that network again . And I will continue to campaign for #LongLiveLongmire I never tweeted before and I have become quite good at it and if it goes to Netflix I will open an account ! I may buy a Ram truck ( an advertiser ) .., I don’t think an 18 year old would do this ! Thank you again !

  5. Linda Martin says:

    Longmire is one of the few NEW SHOWs that OUR GENERATion really enjoys……Dump all the comedy crap, everything is not a joke……A & E needs to GROW up and take care of its middle age and younger viewers that enjoy Good Drama/action/shows……I’m 65, my son is 40, my grandson is 12, my neighbors are in 30’s WE ALL LOVE LONGMIRE…..A & E has falled way down on our list.

    • Shelley says:

      Well, time is on the side of Longmire. It seems to me that A&E catered to cheap television for young people. I’m sure Longmire and any other scripted programming is a more expensive show to produce. But, the logic of its cancellation, knowing it was the most watched scripted show, made no sense in my book. The only thing that a network would come to understand its viewing public’s concerns about Longmire’s cancellation would be through its pocketbook. Sponsors of that network would have to feel that punch too. Any boycotting would have to be monumental.

      I just have faith that A&E will soon find out they made a huge mistake. It could be by Longmire’s success on another network. It will happen. Longmire is too good a show to be ignored. Even though, I may be hugely biased because I’m in that older person percentile who watched it. But, it amazes me how other networks cater to all genres and age groups. I love Arrow too. There are so many shows out there that create no buzz for me. TV is not an evening thing at our home, just these few shows.

  6. Ally Oop says:

    I’m 31, in a target demo and I love the show. Really upset about the cancellation. Oh, and I watched the first 2 seasons on Netflix and 3rd season on A&E. This show deserves at least two more seasons. Please Netflix pick this up. I’m not a procedural watcher but the character development on this show is what draws me to watch. Also, and I know this is true for many, it’s a show couples will actually watch together as it appeals to both men and women.

  7. David4 says:

    Too old for TV so let’s stick it online where less old people might be?

    I don’t get TV logic. Plus how old is old? Is 45 old?

  8. auntiemm says:

    I thought it might be a fit for Hallmark but don’t care as long as it finds a home.

  9. nobody special says:

    Netflix, Amazon, i don’t care. I’ll love you forever and be your best friend if you pick this up! Heck, i’ll even subscribe to Hulu if i can find out who got shot! (and yes, i’m in the over-50 demographic, so what?)

  10. Moment says:

    I really hope something comes of it. The ratings weren’t bad at all. Over 3 million weekly viewers and a good .5-.7 weekly is fine by cable standards. Someone needs to right the idiocy that was committed by A&E.

    • Andrew says:

      I don’t watch this show, but you are correct about the 0.5-0.7+ average rating. I watch Haven on SyFy, which has hovered in the 0.3-0.4 range for the last couple of years (and it’s still on, surprisingly), so I’m not sure why Longmire got axed. Maybe they thought that average would keep slipping so they decided to cancel it sooner rather than later?

      Generally, any show that averages a 0.5 or lower is guaranteed to be on the chopping block.

  11. Television says:

    Longmire was one of the best shows out there. A modern take on wild west. Please let it stay on A&E or TNT I don’t watch shows on the internet. I prefer my big screen tv.

  12. Katy says:

    I dont get it tbh is it the demo stopping TNT? 0.6 with 3.7 million viewers sounds better than 0.8 with 1.0 but that’s just me an average joe non CEO person

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      You are misreading the data. I have added total viewership numbers for the two TNT examples, but at the end of the day, yes, a 1.0 or 0.8 demo rating is markedly better than a 0.6.

  13. mary says:

    Nooooo…regular cable tv please!!!

  14. JeffDJ says:

    If anyone picks the show up, I hope it’s Netflix. I have that, so it won’t be a problem for me. (Although ideally, I’d prefer it if A&E realizes the idiocy of the cancellation and decides to un-cancel it).

  15. Mary-Kathryn Zachary says:

    I really hope that Longmire finds a new home. It is quality programming. The cast is exceptional; the scenery is spectacular; and the story lines are both educational and entertaining. It will be missed.

  16. dash says:

    Why not try and pitch Longmire to WGN. They are just getting into the “TV Series” business by recently rolling out the excellent Sunday evening show Manhatten. Having been raised in Chicago, WGN has mainly been a more “mature crowd” channel.

  17. roxoraz says:

    Apparently the same demographics that have driven advert-TV in the past will continue to do so, even though national demographics will skew toward older people dramatically over the next decade. Guess they don’t think we spend money — they will when we don’t frequent the services/products of their advertisers because WE’RE not interested in the banal selfie mating drivel their preferred demographic likes. Would love to dump A&E over this but can’t because of (as noted by others) cable-bundling.

  18. Sara says:

    I watch primarily BBC, PBS type shows, but find Longmire so well written and utterly mezmerizing. It is classic literature meets contemporary drama. What A&E is doing, is dumbing down further. The ratings do not reflect the millions of viewers on Netflix, Hulu , and Amazon which makes up a considerable target viewing demographic these days. I don’t know anyone who watches “regular tv or has cable.”

  19. Cynthia says:

    I have Netflicks so I hope they pick it up because it really is a good show, very well written.

  20. A.B. says:

    Maybe I’m in the minority but I’m surprised AMC were not or AMC did not consider picking up the show. Especially paired up with Hell On Wheels for their western day. Anyway from those listed above I hope Netflix does pick it up even if it’s for a finale season so they can tie things up.

    • IMHO says:

      AMC does seem like the obvious choice.
      Longmire would make the perfect companion show for Hell on Wheels and it fits the Western format AMC currently has on Saturday.

  21. Lance says:

    On the topic of my sister-in-law’s pay rate, (hey, you brought it up) she’s self employed as a CPA and makes a LOT of money. She uses this money to buy smart TVs. Pretty F’ing smart, huh?

  22. Peggy says:

    TNT is short-minded when it comes to shows. They passed on the Mentalist too. Dumb!

  23. R.O.B. says:

    I could be wrong, but don’t adults in the age 50 to 69 bracket buy things? Luxury cars, home remodels, college educations for their kids, investment services, Viagra – what’s with this 18-49 BS? By the way I am 43 and my wife is 41 and we both love this show.

  24. Lydia Walker-Copeland says:

    I am doubly upset! I was looking forward to the upcoming season of Longmire as well as Glades. The story lines were not as convoluted as some shows but were most enjoyable. There are too many so-called “reality” shows. They tend to dominate the programming and tend not to be realistic. Hopefully, USA, TNT or one of the other cable networks will see the potential of catering to us older viewers.

  25. Ethel says:

    Too bad TNT is not interested as some of us who are still mad at them for canceling Leverage might show them some love again.

  26. Amazon and Netflix are HORRIBLE ideas! Guessing most of Longmire’s viewers don’t use either of those. If Longmire’s fans are as you say older why are you shopping it to services that is used mostly by younger folks?

    • R.O.B. says:

      My parents are in their 70’s and they have friends in their 60’s and 70’s. All of them have Netflix and binge watch everything. They are all retired – Netflix is perfect for older people.

    • Lori Fugate says:

      Now only one scripted show. I wish USA would consider it…since most of their new shows are horrible and the good shows are going off air. Characters Welcome, USA Network…then WELCOME Longmire.

      • icemaninfort says:

        Exactly. USA used to welcome characters. Perfect showcase for Longmire. My kids watch only Netflix. I’m the only cable user, but love what Netflix did with The Killing.

  27. GeeMa says:

    Come on TNT, change your mind. Love the show. Bye Bye A&E. It was the last show I watched on your network.

  28. Janet Schmidt says:

    Longmire is great…please, please snap it up Netflix or Amazon!

  29. JAO says:

    Nooooo! I want it on a cable station. I don’t do Netflix or Amazon.

  30. FX will need a show. It IS SOA’s final season, right?

  31. Judy Dunston says:

    I’m going to miss that show. Really enjoyed it.

  32. nellibly says:

    As an “older person” I kinda like that the cable networks are giving me more reasons to “cut the cable,” especially if they are not interested in me as a customer. I’m tired of paying outrageous sums for hundreds of channels I don’t watch, just to get the few I do. The irony of the whole thing is that younger viewers are more likely to gravitate to streaming services for entertainment. Now I hear that Showtime may offer it’s service as a subscription for streaming. That will be a complete game changer for cable.

  33. I heard TNT did not want Longmire!! It WAS shopped to TNT!

  34. double kayak says:

    I like reading through a post that can make people think.
    Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment!

  35. Vesper says:

    It might be a good replacement for JUSTIFIED, since I read that the upcoming season on FX will be the last. I’m hoping that LONGMIRE finds a home because not only is it one of my favorite shows and one of the best written, I hate that they ended on such a huge cliffhanger…

  36. Alan Grossman says:

    TV Land should seriously consider adding “Longmire” to its original programming. If that channel really wants to ever expand beyond its new comedies into some original dramas, “Longmire” would be a good place to start.

  37. mary says:

    why not i would love to see longmire on cable especially tnt think on it. buy it, thanks

  38. So Happy says:

    Longmire was one of my favorite shows!I really don’t understand networks :( Very disappointed.

  39. Bill says:

    I have a friend who works for one of the networks (won’t say which one) who let me in on a little secret. She said, while the demographics they look at are 18-49, the ones they are really interested in is the 18-35’s.

    Here’s what I don’t get, the whole idea of demographics is for advertising. The advertisers want people who watch their commercials during the programs to spend their money. I don’t know about anyone else, but I really didn’t have much money to spend untill after I hit 45.

  40. Cheryl says:

    First they canceled the Glades and now Longmire. There was no closure for the Glades. I hoped that Netflix or Amazon would pick it up to atleast give the viewers closure. I hope atleast Longmire gets a closure. Bring back the Glades……

  41. Kcbury says:

    Longmire is excellent, super acting, great story line. Much much better that what is on tv nowadays

  42. kcbury says:

    Longmire is an excellent show. Super acting. Great storylines. I hope somebody elsepicks them up.

  43. njartist says:

    The question is this- Will Longmire be shopped to AMC?
    It would a perfect fit on Saturday-after or before HOW
    Mike do you know if AMC is interested?

  44. ELIZABETH says:

    LOT OF PEOPLE OVER 49 LIKED LONGMIRE. PLOTS WERE GETTING DEEPER. IT WAS SOMETHING DIFFERENT

  45. PLEEEEEZE NETFLIX!!!! Take Longmire!!! Its a great show and everyone is now bouycotting A&E because of their stupid decision. I, for one, will never watch anything on their channel again. THere was no reason for this.

  46. leprecaun says:

    Dallas was cancelled so TNT does have a spot….who cares who airs it as long as someone airs it! I need me my Walt!!!!

  47. dean smith says:

    Longmire 1 of the best shows should not be cancelled nor should Revolution be cancelled