As i write this, the CW Network’s NIKITA is in danger of being cancelled, with low ratings to blame.  Anyone who knows me knows this is more than a television show to me, it is part of my life and the fate of cancellation is one i am not going to accept without a good fight.  So i am publishing here a letter i wrote and sent to each of the top executives at both the CW and Warner Brothers Television.  I hope this will inspire my fellow NIKITA fans to do the same.

Dear Mr. Rosenblum,

I don’t know how many letters you’ve received like this and of those how many you’ve read but I really hope that you take the time to read this one. I implore you to take to heart a viewer’s perspective why the show NIKITA needs to be renewed for another season.

If ratings alone determined what shows get renewed season after season, the CW network would probably only be airing original programming on a part time basis or cease to exist entirely. I’m sure you value every loyal viewer that you have and our opinions as well. Viewers are the reason why programs are created in the first place. NIKITA’s numbers may not be great but those viewers who do turn in week after week are LOYAL. Given a better time slot and more advertising, NIKITA can only build on those numbers. NIKITA also has a strong fanbase overseas that isn’t reflected in Nielsen numbers.

As head of the network, I’m sure you aren’t watching shows about vampires and vapid socialites. I admit, I watched Gossip Girl for the first 3 seasons and somewhere along the way, it lost my interest. And occasionally I find entertainment value in America’s Next Top Model. But wouldn’t it be nice for the CW to have at least ONE show that offers real substance? A show with not one but three strong female leads. Superior acting and writing. A show whose characters have real flaws and have to overcome them in order to succeed. A show that teaches to always work towards good instead of evil. NIKITA does all that and more. NIKITA stands out all on its own, and even more so against the likes of The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl. Sure, those shows are more popular but even the popular kids in school lose their shine after awhile, while the underdog finds a way to come out on top.

Any given episode of NIKITA can make me cringe at the edge of my seat, laugh, and cry. It’s not just all action, its real human emotions too. I challenge you to find any other show in your roster or on any other network for that matter which can do the same to a viewer. I have been 100% vested in this show since Day 1; please allow us at least one more season to properly bring the storyline and characters full circle. I’m sure when you greenlighted NIKITA two years ago you had high expectations for it and I can honestly say that as a loyal viewer it has never disappointed me. Instead, it has set the bar very high and even motion pictures I have seen of the same genre (Haywire, for example) fall short by comparison.

I could go on with more personal reasons why NIKITA should be renewed but that could go on indefinitely and neither you nor I have that kind of time. Just know that this show means the world to me and many others, I wouldn’t be taking the time and effort to fight for it otherwise. I just hope you strongly consider more than ratings when making your final decision.   Also, the link below is for an online magazine ‘Mission Codename: Save Nikita’ created by which highlights the first two seasons of the series and all the reasons to renew it for a third.

Thank you for your time and attention and for giving us two amazing years with NIKITA and hopefully more to come!

Best regards,

Iris Ma
on behalf of

Mission Codename: Save Nikita


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