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#51 OFFLINE   rrdirectsr

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:50 PM

Here's the fifth Monday of Winter:

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CBS ran reruns of its lineup for the third week of the five Mondays leaving about 3± million viewers (1.5± demo) for the other networks.

ABC's "The Bachelor" seems to run well against the rerun ratings for the CBS comedies except at 9:00.

Fox's "House" looks like returning to 8:00 might help a bit, but basically Fox has done such a good job of helping it lose its audience that it has half of the 4.8/13 - 13.35 million it pulled two years ago.

The "House" 8:30 ratings were 2.9/7 - 8.78 million. The "Alcatraz" 9:30 ratings were 2.7/6 - 8.20 million. CBS was running reruns so I'll be waiting to see next week what's going to happen to "Alcatraz" assuming there will be no live viewer carryover from "House." You see "2 Broke Girls" and "2½ Men" seem to destroy any chance Fox has for live viewers.

NBC. Let me quote from TVbytheNumbers: "For what is probably the last Monday this season (at least NBC hopes), Univision topped NBC among adults 18-49 on yet another in season Monday."

Against reruns on the two other networks, "Brian Williams" makes the prime time "Leno" show look like programming genius. Last week the reality show "Pawn Stars" on the History Channel at 10:00 pulled a 2.5 demo and 6.73 million.

In two weeks the current geniuses at NBC are moving it to 9:00 on Wednesday against "Criminal Minds" and "Modern Family". I'm not sure it will be able to beat "Remodeled" on The CW.

The CW seems to have found its ratings level - lower than a typical prime time cable channel show. There were, of course, cable channel shows that did better last night.

Comparing apples-to-apples, last Monday ABC Family's series "Pretty Little Liars" pulled a 1.4 in the demo and 3.17 million. Even Syfy's airing of the syndicated Canadian series "Lost Girl" pulled 0.4 in the demo and 1.11 million. I keep wondering how The CW can make it splitting revenues with broadcast stations.


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Posted 01 February 2012 - 12:10 PM

Here's the fifth Tuesday of Winter:

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CBS ran another night of reruns of its Tuesday juggernaut. which apparently left 4 million viewers free to watch other things and 10 million viewers free to not watch broadcast TV.

ABC joined CBS with reruns at 8:00 which apparently left 4 million viewers free to watch other things and 10 million viewers free to not watch broadcast TV. "Celebrity Wife Swap" finished with pathetic ratings.

Fox's "Glee" gained from the CBS and ABC reruns. "New Girl" was up slightly while "Raising Hope" continues to drop.

NBC's "The Biggest Loser" continues along with mediocre ratings and what appears to be a fixed fan base. For NBC, these ratings are winners since it is a "reality" show.

The CW. "90210" had the same ratings as last week. After 8 weeks, a new episode of "The Ringer" returned to match its series low rating. What can I say about that, rrdirectsr? Well, it does have a solid fan base.

Tomorrow we begin the season all over again as we move into Nielsen February Sweeps.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 01:00 PM

Here's the fifth Tuesday of Winter:

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CBS ran another night of reruns of its Tuesday juggernaut. which apparently left 4 million viewers free to watch other things and 10 million viewers free to not watch broadcast TV.

ABC joined CBS with reruns at 8:00 which apparently left 4 million viewers free to watch other things and 10 million viewers free to not watch broadcast TV. "Celebrity Wife Swap" finished with pathetic ratings.

Fox's "Glee" gained from the CBS and ABC reruns. "New Girl" was up slightly while "Raising Hope" continues to drop.

NBC's "The Biggest Loser" continues along with mediocre ratings and what appears to be a fixed fan base. For NBC, these ratings are winners since it is a "reality" show.

The CW. "90210" had the same ratings as last week. After 8 weeks, a new episode of "The Ringer" returned to match its series low rating. What can I say about that, rrdirectsr? Well, it does have a solid fan base.

Tomorrow we begin the season all over again as we move into Nielsen February Sweeps.


Oh well I guess they can't win them all :(
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:48 AM

Here's the fifth Wednesday of Winter and the last night before Nielsen February Sweeps Month begins:

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ABC this is the second week of reruns for ABC, a little like starving the the pack of dogs before the hunt begins tomorrow and runs through the next four Wednesdays.

CBS, being the last traditional broadcast network, has been allocating its reruns on Wednesday.

This week they ran "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials" at 8:00 and have been running reruns and specials in this time slot probably testing the strength of "American Idol." They know they've got ratings problems against "Idol" and the ABC comedies when they bring "Survivor" back on February 15.

At the "Criminal Minds" slot at 9:00 they didn't let the special premier of "Touch" get too much credit last ;week. They also didn't leave their viewers a pass to roam the week before when ABC ran their comedy lineup and Fox ran a two-hour "Idol."

Fox has a problem with the "American Idol" tryout episodes. Apparently the show just isn't "the next morning water cooler fodder" (yeah, I'm old and out of touch as I know that should read "during the show Twitter fodder") as it used to be.

Despite what you might read elsewhere, "Mobbed" got a pass from ABC and CBS last night some long lasting boost from "American Idol."

NBC's first hour of comedies are doing just awful as will "Rock Center with Brian Williams" at 9:00 beginning next week.

The CW. :shrug:

And so tonight at 8:00 will be the starting line for the "Broadcast Network Winter Race for the Under-50-DVR-Challenged Live Viewers." :grin:

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 02:08 PM

Here is the first Thursday of the Nielsen 2012 February Sweeps:

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Since all five networks have programming from 8:00 to 10:00, here's how they did during that key two hour period:

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A couple of initial observations are in order. From 8:00 to 10:00 there were 5 million (11%) fewer viewers than last year and 2 million (12.5%) fewer demo viewers. At 10:00, when fewer people watch TV, there were 3.3 million (13%) fewer viewers than last year and 1.7 million (22%) fewer demo viewers. This bodes ill for broadcast TV, maybe. How did it look by network?

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CBS had a significant increase in both the demo and total viewers year-over-year in the first two hours. Those increases combined with the drop in viewers means that in the long term the other networks are looking at a disaster-in-the-making.

Compared to last year "The Big Bang Theory" saw a 26% increase in the demo and a 22% increase in total viewers. Over last year's "$#! My Dad Says" fiasco, "¡ROB!" saw a 21% increase in the demo and a 7% increase in total viewers. The numbers for "Person of Interest" over "CSI" last year were 10% and 8%. "The Mentalist" was down 3% and 10%.

ABC's "Wipeout" year-over-year dropped 28% in the demo and 25% in total viewers. "Grey's Anatomy" dropped 17% and 13%. "Private Practice" dropped 12% and 7%.

Fox's problems are also significant. "American Idol" was down 22% in the demo and 16% in total viewers over last year. "The Finder" is down a whopping 29% and 32% compared to "Bones" last year.

NBC. What can one say about NBC. The comedy lineup took a loss across the board. But last year in the 10:00 hour they ran two comedies. This year "The Firm" pulled 62% fewer in the demo and 31% fewer in total viewers.

The CW. :shrug:

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 12:14 PM

Here's the first Friday of the Nielsen 2012 February Sweeps:

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Here's the results of the first two hours of competition compared to last year:

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Overall, there were about 10% fewer demo and total viewers than last year. This is a worsening problem for the broadcast networks overall, but Friday nights are becoming the second Saturday in terms of available demo viewers except for World Series games and the like.

ABC's unscripted lineup gave a lackluster ratings performance but still won the demo.

CBS hopefully is selling Cialis commercials as the over-50 crowd seems to be around Friday. It's a tough world at CBS. "Blue Bloods" would probably pull significantly higher demos at 10:00 Tuesday, but the network needs it to maintain control of the Friday total viewer number. And the network does continue to do that.

Fox. "Kitchen Nightmares" pulled nearly the same ratings it did last year which I assume works for the network. Last year "Fringe" pulled 1.7/5 - 4.29 million, so it's on the Fox slow death march for scifi shows.

NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are" pulled a 1.3/5 - 7.32 million last year. By locking "Grimm" into Friday, NBC has successfully dimmed its hopes. They should have shifted it to Tuesday night at 10:00. A year ago "Dateline" at 10:00 pulled 2.2/7 - 9.25 million.

The CW. As you can see from the 8:00 - 10:00 averages, year-over-year the slow death march of the network plods on. But as of this week, I get to watch it in HD.:rolleyes:

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 02:43 PM

Here's the fifth Wednesday of Winter and the last night before Nielsen February Sweeps Month begins:

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ABC this is the second week of reruns for ABC, a little like starving the the pack of dogs before the hunt begins tomorrow and runs through the next four Wednesdays.

CBS, being the last traditional broadcast network, has been allocating its reruns on Wednesday.

This week they ran "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials" at 8:00 and have been running reruns and specials in this time slot probably testing the strength of "American Idol." They know they've got ratings problems against "Idol" and the ABC comedies when they bring "Survivor" back on February 15.

At the "Criminal Minds" slot at 9:00 they didn't let the special premier of "Touch" get too much credit last ;week. They also didn't leave their viewers a pass to roam the week before when ABC ran their comedy lineup and Fox ran a two-hour "Idol."

Fox has a problem with the "American Idol" tryout episodes. Apparently the show just isn't "the next morning water cooler fodder" (yeah, I'm old and out of touch as I know that should read "during the show Twitter fodder") as it used to be.

Despite what you might read elsewhere, "Mobbed" got a pass from ABC and CBS last night some long lasting boost from "American Idol."

NBC's first hour of comedies are doing just awful as will "Rock Center with Brian Williams" at 9:00 beginning next week.

The CW. :shrug:

And so tonight at 8:00 will be the starting line for the "Broadcast Network Winter Race for the Under-50-DVR-Challenged Live Viewers." :grin:


Was Revenge a rerun back on 02/01/12? My DVR didn't record it.
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Posted 04 February 2012 - 03:39 PM

Was Revenge a rerun back on 02/01/12? My DVR didn't record it.

Yep, in fact all nets ran reruns at 10:00 that night.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:02 PM

Yep, in fact all nets ran reruns at 10:00 that night.


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Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:18 PM

What happened on Friday at 9 such that the percentages total way more than 100%?

Also, are any of these charts pastable as tables? The jpegs can be a bit hard to read, as they don't scale up well.
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 06:55 PM

What happened on Friday at 9 such that the percentages total way more than 100%?

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Sorry. I fixed that and put a total in so I don't screw that up again.

Also, are any of these charts pastable as tables? The jpegs can be a bit hard to read, as they don't scale up well.

I have never figured out how to paste a complex Excel table into a post. I can upload and link to a larger scale jpeg or perhaps an html created by Excel such as the one for 02/01/2012. Whatever works.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:26 PM

Yes, that one reads well.

I think I've said this before, but I very much appreciate your posting and comments!
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:30 PM

Yes, that one reads well.

I think I've said this before, but I very much appreciate your posting and comments!

Thanks and also as I think I've said before, I'd do the spreadsheet for myself anyway and enjoy sharing here. I'll provide a link to the html spreadsheet in the intro on the word "Here's".

Here's the first Sunday of Nielsen 2012 February Sweeps:

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As usual when live "events" are involved, the rating/time matrix for the Super Bowl doesn't mean anything, but can't be ignored, so NBC's ratings are shown for EST using the 10:30 ratings for "The Voice". Unless otherwise mentioned, the other networks ran reruns of various programming and, except for Fox, not even reruns of their regular schedule.

NFL - Super Bowl XLVI. The NFL pulled ratings similar to last year. I don't know what it says about us (including me) that this is the only American TV entertainment during the year that has numbers like this. It has nothing to do with the network it is on.

NBC. Each year the network awarded the Super Bowl attempts to take advantage of the lead in with such a high number of viewers to bolster one of its shows. NBC ran the season premier of "The Voice" exposing it to the about the same number of viewers who couldn't find the remote as "Glee" pulled last year. We'll see if it does any good as "The Voice" premiers in its normal time slot tonight.

CBS at 8:00 ran a new "60 Minutes Presents: Three Remarkable Women" which appears to have found 4 million mostly over-50 viewers, probably most on the West Coast.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:40 PM

Very nice!

Now, if NBC could use a rolling average for several weeks, they'd look good!
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:23 PM

Now, if NBC could use a rolling average for several weeks, they'd look good!

My guess is we'll see those numbers mixed in the spin from NBC for the week and the Sweeps period.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 02:26 PM

Here's the first Monday of Nielsen 2012 February Sweeps:

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NBC. Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment since Comcast took control and the guy who brought "Smash" to the network, has to be cautiously smiling this morning.

"The Voice" pulled "Dancing with the Stars" level ratings last night - a huge jump off benefiting from the post-Super Bowl season premier airing.

The hour ratings for the premier of "Smash" were remarkable. But, and this is a significant "but", when we look at the half-hour numbers, "cautiously" had better be the nature of Greenblatt's smile.

8:00 "The Voice" pulled 5.3/15 - 15.38 million
8:30 "The Voice" pulled 6.2/15 - 16.77 million
9:00 "The Voice" pulled 7.3/17 - 19.19 million
9:30 "The Voice" pulled 7.7/18 - 19.39 million
10:00 "Smash" pulled 4.2/10 - 12.73 million
10:30 "Smash" pulled 3.4/9 - 10.27 million

From the 9:30 ratings of "The Voice" to the 10:30 ratings of "Smash" we see a drop of 56% in the demo and 47% in total viewers. And there is a 20% drop during the 10:00 hour.

So while it looks like NBC may be a player on Monday nights, they probably will be just a full-fledged player. That would be good for them.

ABC's ratings were about what they were in January.

CBS comedies took a small hit in the demo ratings. "Hawaii Five-0" may or may not have something to worry about. It appears it depends entirely on whether "Smash" will hold that 10:30 audience.

Fox. The Fox lineup took a bigger ratings hit than CBS or ABC. Here are the two hour averages when every network is in the competition:

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This is Fox's strongest two-hour lineup of scripted shows and they find themselves possibly in #4 position during the Sweeps.

The CW. :shrug:

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 12:16 PM

Here's the first Tuesday of Nielsen 2012 February Sweeps:

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CBS. Except for the 9:00 half-hour, CBS won both the demo and total viewers. The first two-hour average comparison is remarkable:

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It was the 200th episode of "NCIS" but the ratings were pretty normal.

ABC ran two new episodes of "Last Man Standing" followed by the 2-hour premier of "The River." In the first two hours of the night ABC's demo ratings averaged barely higher than NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and NBC ran higher in total viewers. The 10:00 hour of "The River" did better than "Body of Proof" usually does, but that doesn't offer much as "Body" will be back in that slot next week.

Fox. "Glee" was down slightly from last week, but "New Girl" and "Raising Hope" were both up slightly.

NBC's ratings were fairly constant for Tuesday keeping the network in 4th place in the demo for the first two hours (though in terms of total viewers they beat ABC) and 3rd for the 10:00 hour.

The CW. :shrug:

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 05:40 PM

If I'm reading the chart properly, The River between the 9 and 10 o'clock hours dropped from 8.2 to 6.82 million viewers. That's 17% of the audiance (1.4 million viewers) that they lost between the first and second hours of the pilot episode. That does not look too good, or am I reading to much into those numbers?
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 05:46 PM

If I'm reading the chart properly, The River between the 9 and 10 o'clock hours dropped from 8.2 to 6.82 million viewers. That's 17% of the audiance (1.4 million viewers) that they lost between the first and second hours of the pilot episode. That does not look too good, or am I reading to much into those numbers?

No, you're not reading too much into the numbers. Here's the half-hour numbers and if I were an ABC suit I'd be suffering from anxiety until next week:
  • 9:00 2.5/ 6 - 8.67 million
  • 9:30 2.4/ 6 - 7.73 million
  • 10:00 2.3/ 6 - 7.16 million
  • 10:00 2.2/ 6 - 6.49 million

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 06:40 PM

Ouch!
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Posted 08 February 2012 - 07:27 PM

Ouch!


Hmmm, and I would have fallen in there somewhere, bailing halfway through... if they counted old guys using DVRs! :D
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 11:55 AM

Here's the first Wednesday of Nielsen 2012 February Sweeps:

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ABC ratings were pretty much what they've been.

CBS, on the other hand, didn't do so well last night with it's resurrection of "Person to Person" at 8:00. Here's the first two hours averages:

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However, "Criminal Minds" still does well for the network and "CSI" still won the 10:00 sweepstakes for both demo viewers and total viewers.

Fox. Last year 2/9/2011 "American Idol' pulled 8.3/23 - 23.67 milllion which was noted as being down compared to the same week the prior season. So I'm not sure what Fox thinks of a 6.0/17 - 18.94 million this year, though it's still a time slot winner by a wide margin.

"Mobbed" is also doing ok, up from last week. Last year "Human Target" started slipping with a 2.4/6 - 8.30 million. So "Idol" can provide a good lead in, but the 9:00 show has to be appealing on its own because it is against strong competition from ABC and CBS.

NBC. The two 8:00 comedies slipped some more. "Brian Williams" almost pulled as high as it did on January 16 after the "Betty White" birthday thing. That's not much of a rating for 9:00 on Wednesday. "SVU" wasn't far behind the other two at 10:00 and was up significantly over its last new episode outing.

The CW. "Remodeled" is a disaster.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:16 PM

Here's the second Thursday of Nielsen 2012 February Sweeps:

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ABC's "Wipeout" is a ratings wipeout. "Grey's Anatomy" still has a top demo draw, but only pulled two-thirds of the total viewers "Person of Interest" pulled for CBS. And "Private Practice" does not retain those demo viewers at 10:00.

CBS as usual won total viewers for 9:00 and 10:00. It also won the demo at 10:00 and at 8:00 as "Idol" for 8:00 to 8:30 had a 5.2/15 while "Big Bang Theory" had a 5.5/16.

Fox's "American Idol" still wins the first hour overall, but last year pulled 7.3/20 - 21.73 million. "The Finder" is also well below "Bones" last year. But taken together, these shows won the two-hour 5 network competition:

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NBC. If there wasn't The CW....

The CW. Thursday was supposed to be a strong night for The CW. But "The Secret Circle" can't get above a 1.0 demo rating.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 12:07 PM

Here's the second Friday of Nielsen 2012 February Sweeps:

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ABC, from the viewpoint of the "Let's Make Money" game show that the networks play every night, won the night. Truly cheap to produce, "Shark Tank", won the demo in the first hour, while another cheapy, "Primetime: What Would You Do?", came in second in the 9:00 hour. While "20/20" came in third in the 10:00 run, it was a close third.

CBS ran its last Friday with three hours of scripted programming, at least for awhile. In terms of total viewers eyes over three hours, CBS has over 40% on Fridays. Even in the two-hour five-network contest, they got 38% of the total viewers:

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But whether a network can make enough money selling Cialis-demo commercials to support scripted shows is unclear. One thing is clear, on Friday there aren't enough demo eyes to go around.

On most nights, from 8:00 to 10:00 the demo represents a third of the viewers, and during the 10:00 hour they represent a fourth of the viewers. On Friday night it's 10:00 at every hour as 10 million viewers aren't there for the first two hours including 8 million demo viewers.

"A Gifted Man" tied with NBC for third at 8:00. "CSI: NY" won 9:00 with a demo of 1.7/5 and a total of 10.34 million. "Blue Bloods" won 10:00 with a 1.8/5 and a total of 11.77 million, which means to me that a show with two old-guys, Tom Selleck age 67, and Len Cariou, age 72, keep the old demo up to watch this show. (As an aside, I guess Cariou's character fathered Selleck's character at age 5, but we old guys overlook these anomalies.)

Beginning next week "A Gifted Man" moves to 9:00 while CBS brings in "Undercover Boss" at 8:00. "CSI: NY" returns to 9:00 on March 30 and "A Gifted Man" becomes a forgotten show.

Fox ended up running a pathetic fourth in the first two hours because of "Fringe."

Goodbye "Fringe" and when will Fox learn there is no audience for formula scifi. ABC's "Lost" was not formula. It was original, clever, well-cast, etc. There is room for one on broadcast TV, one that doesn't feel anything like "Lost" or any other previous scifi. I'm waiting for it.

NBC's "Grimm" placed second at 9:00. They should be running it on Tuesday at 10:00 against ABC's "Body of Proof" and CBS' "Unforgettable."

The CW is looking for a 1.0 in the demo.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:00 AM

Fox ended up running a pathetic fourth in the first two hours because of "Fringe."

Goodbye "Fringe" and when will Fox learn there is no audience for formula scifi. ABC's "Lost" was not formula. It was original, clever, well-cast, etc. There is room for one on broadcast TV, one that doesn't feel anything like "Lost" or any other previous scifi. I'm waiting for it.


I don't know why Fringe isn't more successful, but it's not because it's formulaic, or because it isn't original, clever, or well-cast.

This season, it certainly isn't as captivating as it was in the past. But we're still watching, and I look forward to an outstanding conclusion (hopefully better than Lost's).

BTW, last I saw (sometime earlier this season), Fringe had higher DVR numbers than any show on television.




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