In an unprecedented programming move that surprised even the show’s creators, Nickelodeon will remove The Legend of Korra from its network schedule, and premiere the remaining episodes of season three exclusively on digital platforms.
The network will air its final broadcast episode tomorrow evening. Beginning on August 1, the five remaining episodes of the “Book 3″ season will debut weekly on Nick.com and the Nick app, as well as on platforms like Amazon, Google Play, Xbox and Hulu.
“I appreciate all the support for the show and share your frustration,” Korra co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino wrote on his Facebook fan page. “[T]his was a disappointing development for sure but as long as you all are able to see the show in some capacity, I’m grateful.” A fourth season of the show is currently in production, according to DiMartino.
Fans of the series have been concerned about the show’s ratings for some time, even going so far as to create videos that discuss why so few people are watching the new season. Many fans have accused Nickelodeon of not promoting the series enough and airing it in a poor timeslot.
Korra will have a panel at Comic-Con on Friday, and the show’s co-creator Bryan Konietzko posted this note on Tumblr indicating that they’ll be discussing the move to online platforms: