Yet just six months after Police Squad was cancelled, Cheers premiered. It was ranked 74th out of 77 shows its first season, yet NBC did renew it and give it time to build an audience. The key difference is that the head of NBC (Brandon Tartikoff) really liked Cheers. Whereas the head of ABC (Tony Thomopoulos) didn't get Police Squad at all, and stated that he had cancelled the show because "the viewer had to watch it in order to appreciate it." There was also the fact that NBC was last in the ratings and didn't have many hit shows, so they had more of a "nothing to lose" attitude at the time.