If you follow Candace Cameron Bure's Instagram, you're well aware that the actress has had a hard time bidding farewell to Fuller House, the Netflix reboot of the original '90s sitcom Full House. Three years of Tanner fun later, the streaming service has officially declared that Fuller House will be over after season 5 — a decision that Candace doesn't necessarily agree with.
Candace told Access that the show is "beloved by million and millions of people," and thinks "there are so many more stories that we could tell." But, alas, she and the rest of the Fuller House crew — like stars Andrea Barber and Jodie Sweetin — are at the mercy of the streaming service giant.
"We're going to savor every moment that we have," she added.
Is Fuller House ending after season 5 because of Lori Loughlin?
By the sounds of it, the cast would've wanted Fuller House to keep going — Candace aside, Andrea told People that everyone "would be up for a third [reboot] of the series."
That being said, the decision to not renew the series past season 5 probably had little to do with Lori Loughlin's legal trouble. As widely reported, the actress and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud, money laundering, and bribery in the 2019 college admissions scandal. According to court documents, Lori, who plays Aunt Becky, and Mossimo agreed to pay bribes of $500,000 to have their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose pass as crew recruits to ensure their admission into the University of Southern California. They are expected to go on trial next year.
Okay, so why did Fuller House get canceled?!
We'd guess viewership numbers were the main culprit. Glancing at numbers Business Insider gathered from the analytics company Jumpshot, Fuller House viewership decreased 52% from season 1 to season 2 in the first month of release. Now, to be fair, Fuller House was one of the most-watched TV series of 2016, according to reported data IndieWire.com obtained from Symphony Advanced Media. Moreover, the viewership drop between season 3 and 4 was only 10%. But even still, the last two seasons' numbers may have not been enough for Netflix to sign off on another renewal.
Of course, this is just our best guess, as Netflix rarely reveals its viewership figures (and didn't respond to Business Insider's aforementioned reported figures). But just like so many other shows, renewal decisions usually come down to viewership.
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