networks don't care if people are watching the show, or if they enjoy it or not, they only care if they are watching the advertisements so that they can keep the advertisers happy. Even if 10 million people watched SGU but watched it on DVR or obtained it via somewhere like iTunes it would still get canned because most people would skip over the ads. This to me is very sad and makes me wonder why I pay my cable bill each month. So would if be possible in an ideal world to ditch the advertisers?
If the show was funded by the viewers directly rather than the advertisers would there be enough funds to pay for everything (salaries, special effects, props... etc)? Say a show like this sustained 1 million viewers, what would each viewer need to pay per episode to fund the show?