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Posted on 03/04/2013 5:04:06 AM PST by Mad Dawgg
When a show about the walking dead on basic cable beats every network show in the ratings demographic that advertisers care most about, you have to wonder who the real zombies are.
A zombie, after all, is something that continues to roam, and tries to devour all in its path even though its natural life is over a description that does not sound that far-fetched when it comes to broadcast networks.
During its run last fall, The Walking Dead was the highest-rated show among viewers 18 to 49, the most-sought age group, with a bigger audience than network winners like The Big Bang Theory, American Idol, The Voice and Modern Family.
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TV as we know it is dying out. I predict within a decade it will be akin to Drive-in movie theaters. Still used, but rarely.
I rarely watch tv anymore, but AMC’s shows are absolute gold. ~Well written, well acted and crafted.
MSM is so hackneyed, poorly scripted, badly acted and so ideologically correct it is moronic.
Is that d/l thru AMC’s own site or thru the-walking-dead.en.softonic.com/ (I am at work so either is not a site I can access at the moment)?
I watch very little broadcast TV. In the morning I watch local and national news on NBC and its local affiliate. In the evening its strictly cable, I tried to watch broadcast channels but theres nothing but idiotic sitcoms and asinine reality shows.
The download is through iTunes. I have no idea what that link you posted is, but it doesn’t sound legit.
-——A zombie, after all, is something that continues to roam, and tries to devour all in its path even though its natural life is over ——
What you read is zombie speak from the New York Times rambling on about what it sees in the mirror.
I just watched, “Clear,” about an hour ago on iTunes. Pretty good one.
I still wish Carl would give Rick his hat back, though.
The previous Sunday viewership totalled 11.01 million. Yesterday’s totals should be released later today.
That number beats most broadcast network programs, with few exceptions.
Loved the episode last night. Lennie Davis (he’s a Brit, too! What’s with this show! Can’t we find any good American actors anymore?) can act his butt off! He was fantastic.
Hmmm, free you say? My iTunes shows $1.99 per episode. (And $42.99!! for season 3). Where’s the free access?
Who said it was free? iTunes charges for it. You either have to subscribe to AMC (which costs money, of course), or download from iTunes.
The only way to watch it for free is to steal it by illegally downloading it.
WHo would have ever expected AMC to dominate the ratings?
I laugh at the herd mentality of the networks and I have never seen Walking Dead and have little interest in it.
Another Reason The Walking Dead is big with the 18-49 Crowd is that you can legally download each episode within hours of it being broadcast.
I took your reply to my question in the context of his original assertion.
or streaming - 1channel
I watch “The Walking Dead” through Amazon instant video. $1.99 per episode, and you don’t have to mess with Apple software.
And now that I read that for the FOURTH time, I see that I was conjuring up free. My Bad. 1,000 pardons.
Download or stream? For free?
I can stream, but 50% of the time it's unwatchable. If I could download, I'd do it in advance and watch later.
Walking Dead is an AWESOME show. You should check it out.
Wonder if Walking Dead was pitched to any othe big four networks?
I enjoy WD although at times it comes across as “thirtysomething” with zombies.
Not free you can get an Episode for 2 bucks off of Amazon or iTunes.
How many sitcoms can they make about a slutty girl anyway?
No I didn't and its Mad Dawgg.
You assumed such. I said you can "Legally Download" the episodes within hours of the episode being broadcast.
Am well beyond the 49 yr old mark but absolutely LOVE this show! The second season wasn’t liked by some but I thought the themes of hope in the face of reality (Hershel), questioning if life should go on (pregnant Lauri) the struggle between humanity and survival (Dail and Shane) were wonderfully executed. None of these actors are Big Names but are perfect in their roles...damn fine TV.
I hope this is a sign for the future...MSM can die on the vine.
If your DVR has Amazon or Itunes access then yes. I use a computer I built especially for media its connected directly to my TV and has a BlueRay capable DVD player. I download the files from Amazon and use their player.
You might give it a try...it’s a lot more than zombies...
The strength of the show is that it is a true drama, about the people involved. The zombies actually act as more of an overall but non-specific threat. Season 2 was both mind-blowing and heart-breaking.
I hope I'm getting better than 255 mbps by then.....right now I can't even watch a Youtube video without it freezing up on me.
We were watching Talking Dead after the show, and my jaw dropped when Lennie Davis started speaking with that accent! He was AMAZING in last night’s episode.
So that makes four British actors in WD....those playing Morgan, Rick, Maggie, and the Governor. I don’t mind at all, though, because all of them do a much better job of delivering an authentic Southern accent than many American actors I’ve seen.
I think the big thing AMC has figured out is the size of the country. The networks are always trying to appeal to the masses, they seek that general appeal, and in the process make canned often boring shows. And when they try to break out of that mold they make shows that don’t appeal to their core audience (who like canned highly predictable shows) and the shows find no audience. AMC has figured out that in a nation of 311 million you can appeal to a small segment and get a huge audience. They got the economies of scale, that even if only 2% of the population would be interested in this show that’s 6 million people, and that’s not an audience to sneeze at.
Then of course there’s the vastly different economic reality of cable vs broadcast network. Broadcast networks have much higher overhead and only get to use a fraction of the day to pay for themselves (the rest being dedicated to local content), cable networks are cheap and have the whole day to put in reruns of popular shows to get that extra handful of audience. This frees them up to take a lot more risks.
Hmmm something is not right here. My connection (just checked) is 25.75 Mbps which is considered really good around here and we can watch netflix/hulu streams on several computers all at the same time (same goes for youtube) and in HD and no problems.
I’m in awe....truly, LOL.
I made a dumb mistake in my post...that should be 2.55 Mbps.
Our grade at speedtest.net is D-. Our service is currently with Verizon, and we’re looking around at different options.
We’re paying almost $100 a month to Directv and there is never anything to watch, considering the fact that reality shows dominate now. So maybe we’ll go back to cable, get a package deal and better internet speed, or maybe we’ll just go the Hulu route.
True BUT AMC is drawing more audience than the Networks. They are sometimes doing in an hour what it takes one of the broadcast networks 2 hours to get. Hell sometimes they are getting triple what some of the Networks get and with a smaller overall broadcast range (less households)
"The Mad, Bad, Dead!!
"The Mad, Bad, Dead!!
OK that makes sense then. Yeah you are below what is recommended for streaming HD video.
See if they have Time Warner in your area. That is what we use. Their internet is awesome but their TV cable sux, we just canceled it (and not missing it a bit!)
On behalf of my fellow Christian white males, we thank you for your tagline..
Mad Men is OK but after the first season I lost interest. But Dead and Bad, RULE! Awesome shows!
Thanks for the recommendation!
From what I’m seeing and hearing, more and more people are doing just what you did.
Don't mention it. :)
The last straw came when I read about some leftwing moron professor urging his students to renounce their whiteness, maleness,and Christianity. I've had enough.
***but AMCs shows are absolute gold. ~Well written, well acted and crafted.****
Sigh, I remember when AMC had nothing but uncut movies. No ads, no TV shows.
Then they went to crap and commercials in my opinion.
Then I went to IFC. Really good uncut moives, many good foreign movies. Then they also went to crap and commercials.
TCM is about all that is left.
That’s funny. Zombies killing Zombies..........