Thanks for the good work.
Sort of a shame about Bent, I enjoyed it. Of course once I've seen something I don't watch it again so all the re-runs had no interest for me.
Last night for example I watched Bent, CSI, Bent, ABC News. Somewhere in there I tried to watch BFF, tried.
Maybe tonight I'll watch Psych.
Anyway thanks again for the charts, I find them interesting.
Thanks. It's good to know people find the information interesting. And like you, we don't watch reruns so we have been watching "Bent" which we thought was a pretty good sitcom.Here's
the second Thursday of the Spring 2012 season:
And here's the 8:00 to 10:00 two hour competition:
won the night in every time slot but 8:30. "The Mentalist" of course won 10:00. "Person of Interest" won the 18-49 demo and pulled double the 50+ audience against #2 "Grey's Anatomy." "Big Bang Theory" again beat "American Idol" in the 8:00 half hour. Fox
. Ignore everything you might see headlined about ratings elsewhere. Here's the headline-worthy fact of last night's ratings:
In the 8:00 -10:00 competition CBS ratings compared to last year climbed
11% ± 1%. Fox's ratings compared to last year dropped
33% ± 2%.
Last year "American Idol" pulled 6.1 million in the demo. This year 3.8 million, a drop of 37%. Last year "Bones" pulled a 3.4 million in the demo. This year "Touch" pulled a 2.3 million, a drop of 32%. Fox's programming has always been targeted at the demo. "Touch" came in #3.
Fox has a problem and it's not a simple one to resolve as it's at the corporate level.ABC
also has a problem.
"Missing" at 8:00 is a ratings disaster.
At 9:00 the aging "Grey's Anatomy" is now running well behind "Person of Interest" in total viewers and slightly behind in the demo.
At 10:00 "Scandal" premiered
at #2 well behind "The Mentalist" and it looks like it's going to be under 2.0 in the demo in the future with no chance in the 50+ crowd.
I'm not quite sure where ABC is coming from, but it's 10:00 lineup paints a picture.
- Sunday we have "GBC" which IMHO has no significant male leads.
- Monday we have "Castle" which has a strong female detective even though the show's namesake is a male, troubled and sensitive, surrounded at home by a mother and daughter.
- Tuesday we have "Body of Proof" with two strong women leads, soon to be replaced by "Private Practice", a show that Kate Walsh's character has been made into the lead even though it has other strong women characters and some really interesting men characters played by strong actors.
- Wednesday we have "Revenge", starring Emily VanCamp whose character is pitted against Madeleine Stowe's character.
- Thursday we have "Scandal" which I haven't seen yet but ABC describes as a show that "delves into the behind-the-scenes machinations of a mesmerizing top crisis manager, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington)."
If you add to that Sunday's "Once Upon a Time" and Wednesday's "Missing", I see a big picture forming related to gender.
I know that "Desperate Housewives" which started in 2004 and "Grey's Anatomy" which started in 2005 were hits. But is this programming really going to work? The ratings don't indicate it.
And what's the deal with these Shonda Rhimes shows. The only real hit she has given us is "Grey's Anatomy" which propped up her "Private Practice." Her "Off the Map" was a ratings disaster and "Scandal" appears to have started out in that direction without the benefit of a "Grey's" with high ratings.NBC
, is the network neither ABC nor Fox should emulate, the network that let one viewpoint control its programming.The CW