Longmire Season 5 is on and it is only because the fans have supported it all throughout its run. The show had a target audience of older viewers, but this did not stop its popularity from slipping. The network might not have been very happy with the TRP, but Netflix was happy to pick it and since then it has not looked back.
Netflix picked the show up after it was cancelled by A&E. Longmire was cancelled by Warner Horizon Television in August, 2014 and it offered other networks to buy it from them and finally it was Netflix that went ahead and bought the rights from A&E on November, 2014.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Longmire was the second most watched show on A&E. In spite of enjoying good TRP, the network wasn’t happy with the show that was based on the novels written by Craig Johnson.
A&E complained that Longmire enjoyed a viewership whose average age was 60 and this wasn’t approved of by the advertisers who had tie-ups with the network for their products. They catered to a younger demographics and since they weren’t being able to sell the show’s slot to the advertisers, they had to cancel it.
Netflix started screening Longmire from its fourth season. Season 4 of Longmire saw Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), the sheriff of Wyoming on the trail of his wife’s murderers. Unlike networks that reveal that TRP that a particular show is enjoying, Netflix doesn’t reveal its viewership.
Netflix posted on their official Facebook page that Longmire will be renewed for the fifth season. From the likes and shares that the post received, it can be presumed that Longmire enjoys good viewership.
The western crime drama is very different from the other crime dramas that are on in different networks, but since its first episode, it has slowly gathered an audience of its own with its story and acting.
In the July held Summer TCA Tour, Longmire cast member Lou Diamond Phillips, who plays the role of Henry Standing Bear said that the show found a new lease of life in Netflix. Lou Diamond also added that given the kind of popularity that Longmire is enjoying, there are chances that the show is going to get longer episodes when it returns with Season 5 in September next year.
Diamond said that the previous episodes were only of 42 minutes, which saw most of the scenes with the minor characters were edited out. With an additional 20 minutes to fall back on, Longmire Season 5 will have more scope for the characters to be developed since they will not have to hurry to bring the episode to a closure.
Speaking of Netflix being happy with Longmire, VC Post reported that Cindy Holland, the Content Head of Netflix Original had herself said that they are extremely happy with the way the western drama has been panning out and they are excited to come across fans who have encouraged their decision of picking up this crime drama.
Holland added that when the Netflix team met up with the producers of Longmire, they were moved to tears seeing the passion that they shared for the series.
Given the popularity that Walt Longmire enjoys, there is a chance that Longmire Season 5 might see a crossover. Christian Post has come out to report that there is a possibility of a crossover that will see Walt from the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI from CBS’s popular show Criminal Minds.