I think is a nasty ploy to get you to start watching next seasons opening episode then you stick with the series. Once of a day programs use to live or die by the quality of the program. If it was great you just waited till the next season started, but now most end with the cliff-hanger. Just this last week 2 series have ended with the lead into the next series. One of them last season story ended there and then in the last episode, but people have still watched it this season and as far as I know it has been every bit as successful if not better. An other bad point with these end of seasons cliff-hangers is if the show is cancels. So if you have been a loyal viewer to the program they treat you with no respect and leave you wondering what happens next.