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How many "big four" series are you watching? (2012-2013)

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Mark Holtz, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Oct 7, 2012 #1 of 20
    Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    So, this covers only the big four networks which are ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.

    1. Which "big four" series are you watching "live"?
    2. Which "big four" series are you DVRing for later viewing?
    3. How does that compare to 2007-2008 and why?

    Note: 2007-2008 was the big writer's strike.
  2. Oct 7, 2012 #2 of 20
    Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    My answers:

    1. NONE.
    2. Only the Amazing Race
    3. ABC: Lost, NBC: Heroes, CBS: Amazing Race, CSI Trio, Criminal Minds. Much too busy with work, education, and Toastmasters.
  3. Oct 7, 2012 #3 of 20

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    1. NONE
    CBS: (10) - Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, Elementary, Made in Jersey, The Mentalist, NCIS, NCIS: LA, Person of Interest, Vegas
    NBC: (4) - Chicago Fire, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, rEV0LUTION
    FOX: (3) - Bones, Fringe, Touch
    ABC: (5) - 666 Park Av, Castle, Last Resort, The Neighbors, Once Upon a Time​

    CBS: (12) - Cold Case, Shark, CSI Miami, NCIS, The Unit, Criminal Minds, CSI NY, CSI, Without a Trace, Ghost Whisperer, Moonlight, & Numb3rs
    NBC: (7) - Chuck, Heroes, Journeyman, Law & Order: SVU, Life, Las Vegas,
    FOX: (2) - House, Bones
    ABC: (3) - Boston Legal, Pushing Daisies, Women's Murder Club​
  4. Oct 7, 2012 #4 of 20

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    1. None
    2. 40 shows (currently airing, but some I haven't watched any of yet)
    3. No idea.
  5. Oct 7, 2012 #5 of 20

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    1. None (although sometimes I turn into BBT live)
    2. 11 different shows (12 counting Chicago Fire which is cued up this week; won't know if I am going to continue until after I've watched a few).
    3. A lot less of your four networks. Not because of the writer's strike though, but because of the larger offerings on non-traditional networks like TNT, USA, Syfy, Discovery, et. al.
  6. Oct 7, 2012 #6 of 20

    raott Hall Of Fame

    Nov 23, 2005
    1. None
    2. None
    3. Slightly less
  7. Oct 7, 2012 #7 of 20
    Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    Hard to answer with a lot of details... I'm behind on some viewing and also not sure what I remember watching 4-5 years ago.

    That said...

    I mostly watch sports live... so that forces me to DVR a lot of prime time on the big four. I then have enough conflicts that it ends up easier to just DVR everything and watch stuff from the night before and keep going that way... so I'm almost never watching scripted stuff Live anymore... but sports (like right now watching Sunday Night Football live on NBC) I will watch live.

    Revolution, Bones, NCIS, NCIS: LA, Go On, New Girl, Last Resort, Fringe, CSI: NY, The Good Wife, Once Upon a Time, Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Bob's Burgers, The Cleveland Show

    I may have missed a few... I have some others (The Mob Doctor, Elementary, for instance) on my DVR that I wanted to look at but haven't started yet so I don't know if I'll be sticking with them.

    I also watch a lot of things on other channels, some going some on hiatus... so that affects what I watch and what I DVR depending on how to most efficiently use the limited number of tuners I have.

    I do feel like I'm watching a lot more on the "big four" this season than in years past, though. Nothing against the big four in general, some of my favorites air on them every season... but it seems to me like I'm watching more this season than the last few.
  8. Oct 8, 2012 #8 of 20

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    I had to look at Wikipedia for the 07/08 schedule to kick start my memory.
  9. Oct 8, 2012 #9 of 20

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    Heroes is back? When did that happen? I am so out of touch these days.
  10. renbutler

    renbutler Godfather

    Oct 17, 2008
    Pretty much all non-sports programming is DVRed for me.

    NBC: Revolution, Grimm, Parenthood
    FOX: New Girl, Raising Hope, Fringe (my wife also watches Bones)
    ABC: The Middle, Modern Family, Wipeout, AFV
    CBS: Big Bang Theory

    I'm pretty sure we are watching more now than we did five years ago, primarily because we stay home more now that we have two small children.
  11. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    1. NONE
    NBC: Law & Order: SVU
    FOX: Simpson's, Hell's Kitchen
    ABC: Wipeout
    CBS: CSI, Mentalist, Criminal Minds
    NBC: Law & Order: SVU
    Fox: Simpson's, King of the Hill, House, Til Death, Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, American Idol, America's Most Wanted
    ABC: Desperate Housewives
    CBS: CSI, CSI:NY, Criminal Minds, Amazing Race, Shark, The Unit, Cold Case, Numb3rs, Without a Trace.

    Our changes have come about more to due to personal life than anything. By the time, we finish dinner, help the kids with their homework and get them off to bed it's close to 8:30 or 9 and having to get up at 4am restricts the number of hours you can devote to the TV.
  12. heathramos

    heathramos Legend

    Dec 19, 2005
  13. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    With the exception of sports I seldom view live TV on the four networks. I use my PC and newspaper for local news and record anything else for viewing at my convenience.
  14. Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    1) What's live TV???

    CBS: Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, CSI
    NBC: Law&Order SVU, Revolution, Grimm
    ABC: Last Resort (haven't actually watched any yet), Castle
    FOX: Glee, Fringe

    CBS: Criminal Minds, Jericho, Numb3rs, Without a Trace, CSI, CSI:NY, CSI:Miami
    NBC: Law&Order, Law&Order Criminal Intent, Law&Order SVU, Medium, The Office, ER
    ABC: Lost, Dirty Sexy Money
    FOX: Bones, House, Prison Break, 24

    About half as many series now as back then (10 vs. 19). The broadcast shows have all been replaced by series on cable channels....

    AMC: The Walking Dead, Mad Men
    USA: Neccessary Roughness, Fairly Legal
    TNT: Major Crimes
    BBCA: Luther, Dr. Who
    SyFy: Warehouse 13
    HBO: Boardwalk Empire, Newsroom
    Showtime: Homeland, Nurse Jackie
  15. heathramos

    heathramos Legend

    Dec 19, 2005
    well...maybe not much different after all

    1. none

    2. ABC: Eli Stone, Lost
    NBC: Chuck, Heroes, Journeyman, Bionic Woman, Medium
    CBS: Amazing Race
    Fox: Bones, Prison Break, Terminator

    3. ABC: Castle, Last Resort
    NBC: Grimm
    CBS: Person of Interest, Amazing Race, Hawaii Five O
    Fox: Bones, Fringe
  16. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    The OP prompted me to check my HR34, and I was surprised to see 53 network shows in the Series Manager:

    CBS 21
    NBC 14
    FOX 7
    ABC 11

    This include 5 daytime shows, 2 late-night shows and a few shows that aren't currently airing. Unforgettable, Idol, Whitney and Smash come to mind.

    All DVR'd for later viewing. Haven't watched some of these yet, and may not, if they're cancelled. I don't recall exactly what I was recording in 2007-2008.
  17. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    My HR34 has eliminated any need to watch live.
  18. Henry

    Henry Retired Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Pine, CO
    1. Which "big four" series are you watching "live"?

    None – thanks to the "skip" button we never have to watch anything live.

    2. Which "big four" series are you DVRing for later viewing?

    DWTS, X-Factor, The Voice, BB, SYTYCD, The Amazing Race, Survivor, AI, Elementary, Touch, Wipeout, AGT, Apprentice, Smash, SNF, Underground Boss, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen.

    3. How does that compare to 2007-2008 and why?

    A lot of programs that we watched have been cancelled, but our viewing preferences are basically unchanged. During the strike we actually had more of our favorite (reality) shows being aired.
  19. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    1. None, other than some occasional football and basketball games
    2. Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI NY, local news and sportscasts, NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
    3 All of #2, except Blue Bloods, which wasn't on then. Also watched Fringe and Nikita, but eventually lost interest in them. There were a few other shows that have been discontinued.
  20. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    None now, none in 2007.

    None for about twenty years.

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