I don't disagree. But they are getting there. They basically started the experiment with Mad Men (I believe.) A little cable company decides to gamble and carry an expensive, high quality program none of the networks would carry. It wins best show on TV for years in a row, plus other honors.
So... any guesses as to why AMC keeps jerking the Mad Men creators around with the budget and results in having a skip year where no new episodes of that show air at all?
I mean... you accurately point out that Mad Men was what started it all for AMC, giving it some respectability as a channel with a high-quality program... so if you were AMC... wouldn't you want that show to air every year and not skip a year because you screwed around? And if they wanted to make 16 episodes, would you pay them for 16 or would you force them to scale back to 13?
Then they add another show. And another. And another. Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, The Killing, Hell on Wheels.
I might be wrong since I don't watch all of those... but isn't the Killing canceled? And isn't Breaking Bad on its final season when it comes back this year?
Any word on the next big thing from AMC to fill those slots after they get their new higher rates to invest in quality programming?
The only thing I've heard of... is I heard Robert Kirkman optioned another comic book of his (Thief of Thieves) to AMC for a TV series at some point, but I've heard nothing regarding when that show might air.
This is a cable company that is creating extremely high quality shows that the networks and other channels would never carry.
I'm sure AMC has passed on programs too... so while its fair to note Mad Men was passed up by other networks before AMC took the risk... I wonder how many shows AMC has passed on might have been good?
It's not Pawn Stars or Cajun Pawn or Pawn Queens or Storage Wars or Storage Hunters or We Love Storage, in the copycat way stations do these days.
So... how would you classify "Talking Dead" or "Comic Book Men"? I like Talking Dead, so I'm not slamming it... but it isn't a new concept is it?
Comic Book Men is exactly a "reality" show like Pawn Stars... it even does "challenges" like some of those shows... so before you slam the copycats, you might want to check AMC's other programming slots to see what they are doing the rest of the time
Me - I'm more interested in quality than how many people watch. If someone is more interested in how many people watch as an indicator of whether it should be carried, then we're doomed to some extremely crappy TV.
Umm... except the very network you are cheering for doesn't care if you like the show or not either! They only care about their ratings. AMC will cancel a show in a heartbeat if the ratings go down... no matter how good you or I think it is.
That's why anything stays on the air on commercial television. Lots of good shows pull poor ratings and get canceled while crap shows get strong ratings and stay... that's the unfortunate state of things.
Sorry, I just don't agree with all of you making the ratings argument.
It doesn't matter whether you agree or not... the advertisers won't pay for commercial spots on a low-rated show... so AMC won't keep a low-rated show on the air. That's how TV works.
I've seen a lot of shows that I liked (Firefly, Dollhouse, Journeyman, Awake, Ringer, Tru Calling, etc.) get canceled after 1 or sometimes 1.5 seasons because of low ratings... even if there were lots of fans, just not enough to sustain the show.
I pay for HBO a la carte because I like the quality and diversity of programming they offer. If AMC wants that type of subscriber they're more than welcome to ask DISH to carry their programming a la carte. As has been discussed repeatedly in this thread they don't want that because the number of people such as yourself who would subscribe wouldn't be enough to sustain their programming.
Exactly... Channels like AMC always have the option to be a la carte and name their price... but most of them know they make more money taking 25 cents from 10 million subscribers in a particular tier than they would asking $2-$5 a la carte.
The other thing that comes into play with a channel like AMC.. I only watch the Walking Dead... and it has 13 episodes... so if I could get AMC a la carte, I would sign up for about 3 months of the year to watch Walking Dead and then drop it again. I wouldn't keep AMC year round when I only watch Walking Dead (and Talking Dead that airs afterwards of course).
AMC knows it is less likely a person jumps up a tier for a couple of months then jumps down just for their channel... so they can depend on that revenue year round.