The frustration here is palpable. As I noted elsewhere:
If I were a producer I'd be reluctant to turn my show over to Fox without a huge penalty clause for failure to air on an agreed-upon schedule.
Today Robert Seidman of TVbytheNumbers downgraded both "Terra Nova" and "House"
Yes it was Halloween, and yes the baseball scheduling wreaked havoc on Fox shows, but I've still downgraded Terra Nova and House to the bubble anyway. Is that fair? Maybe not, but the goal of Bubble Watch isn't to be fair, it's to predict what happens by/in May and I think those decisions could go either way.
Even if Terra Nova bounces back a bit it's reportedly a very expensive show. OK ratings + very expensive isn't a great combo. House's ratings are already OK and definitely more OK than Terra Nova's, but it's in its eighth season and expensive as a result. I can definitely see House being renewed for a ninth season, but with only average ratings renewal isn't a slam dunk.
I'm not sure about a "House" ninth season. From a recent story:
This might be House’s final season. Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly told reporters last summer that Laurie, reportedly in the final year of his contract, and the show’s producers “are mulling it over,” and a decision likely wouldn’t be made until this month.
“My sense is this is a show that wants to stay creatively vibrant and go out strong, and not limp along for four more years as a vestige of what it was,” Reilly said.
"Terra Nova" is in a poor situation. Fox considers it "family entertainment" at the 8:00 pm slot. So, of course, they screw with its time because of a baseball overrun, don't try to fix it by delaying the episode to the next showing, then keep the show off for awhile, returning it on Halloween Night which assures that an 8:00 family show will lose viewers.
And, of course, they couldn't delay that one episode because Fox is dead set on having the season (show?) end on Monday, December 19. Me, I would have gambled and had the one hour season finale on December 26 when the competition likely would not have as strong a pull.
NOTE: Earlier this week Advertising Age's Social Media popularity story noted
This week the ratings of the Steven Spielberg-produced dinosaur time-travel drama "Terra Nova" got doubly dinged: its episode on Monday came after a one-week baseball-imposed hiatus and also fell on Halloween (traditionally not a huge night for TV-watching). It's not a surprise that it has a sizable social-media footprint -- it is, after all, a Steven Spielberg-produced dinosaur time-travel drama -- but this should have been a bigger ratings hit for Fox given its cost. And arguably its social-media popularity should be higher too, given that its buzz is actually lower than that of a newer, and much more niche-y, show, the suffocatingly dark and perverse "American Horror Story," which is on track to be FX's highest-rated first-season show ever.
Edited by phrelin, 06 November 2011 - 05:02 PM.
Added the note