If the bay formers get an MP subline, then Animated needs to get something. I get that the movies make a lot of money, and for better or for worse, have become the face of the franchise, but ignoring Animated like this is ridiculous.
Second, there's still all the points I brought up earlier.
3rd, it very well could have had a part in keeping the franchise alive. It was the first show after the Unicron Trilogy. Just think about what the franchise would be like if we had the Unicron Trilogy, and then just the movies? That's all we get until Prime happens, if it would have happened. Animated was a massive point of quality when the franchise was at a noticeable low.