Originally Posted by Cosmos2
There was no Elaine in the "Seinfeld" pilot. Niles didn't meet Daphne in the "Frasier" pilot. How many tuned out because of that?
Even the 90's was a different era. These days the networks seem to be more ratings conscious and if the pilot doesn't do well, especially for a sitcom, the show usually ends with a short life. The networks have plenty of other shows to turn to.
And although you put a smiley face, your question makes me think you do not understand how these things work these days vs. 90's. Back then we didn't have massive hype coming from all directions for every new show.
And we didn't have a recognizable comedic face from movies such as Ken Jeong shown in all the hype, and in the opening credits, but notably absent from the pilot. All the hype and ads showed Chevy Chase. If he wasn't in the pilot people would say something. Ken Jeong doesn't appear and nobody seems to care, even though he's the funniest thing in the show, as shown in his debut.
There was very little fanfare for new non-spin off shows in the pre-internet late 80's/90's, such as Seinfeld. Hardly anyone even knew who Jerry Seinfeld was, let alone Julia Louis-Dreyfus when the pilot aired July 5, 1989. Totally unfair comparison IMHO.