Skip to comments.Peacock looking plucked as NBC cancels shows (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 10/18/2011 7:42:41 AM PDT by abb
The Peacock is looking like a bedraggled starling at the start of its first fall TV season in Comcast's nest.
Three weeks in, overall viewership, according to the Nielsen Co., is up at CBS and Fox, and down less than 1 percent at ABC, vs. year-ago numbers.
But at NBC, it's down 6 percent.
More ominous: Despite a new entertainment boss and a large bump in spending on program development, NBC has seen the average viewership of its five new series drop a stunning 28 percent from levels achieved by last year's five new series in the first three weeks of the season.
I don’t follow network TV much. Is there a listing of the shows about which they’re discussing?
Other than Sunday Night Football I can’t think of a single program I’ve watched on NBC in many years. And I nearly dumped that when Keith Olbermann was anchoring their halftime show.
Looks like ‘Playboy Club’ and ‘Free Agents’ so far.
Forgot to fill in the blank. Thanks for putting it up.
Most of the ‘new’ series on most of the big 4 are little more than rehashes of existing or old series.
At least 5 of the ‘detective/police’ type stories have at least one main character whose family/wife/parent(s) were killed by some unknown bad guy.
Most of them use the same script, with minor variations.
All we need is another American Idol Dancing With the Schlepps Sing Off Sing Off Sing Off clone piece of crap and we will all be entertained so much it will make our heads spin...
How are they doing on their MSNBC Democrat Infommercials?
USA Today: Can’t Give It Away; Man Sues After Being Charged for It
Many years ago, the USA Today founder and Gannett newspaper chain chief, a flashy corporate buccaneer named Al Neuharth, rolled the newspaper industry’s official circulation auditor, the Audit Bureau of Circulations, into accepting as “paid circulation” copies of a newspaper that are, as a significant portion of the USA Today print run has always been, essentially handed out for free, or deeply discounted in various bulk-sales distribution deals with hotels, airlines and other outlets.
Often the so-called bulk sales arrangement involves a barter deal for advertising space with hotels, airlines and other heavily traveled sources, and no actual money changes hands. USA Today, which counts bulk sales for roughly half of its sales, has always claimed a very large daily circulation, even though bulk sales account for about half of the 1.8 million papers it claims to sell five days a week. I, for one, have never actually purchased a copy in the quarter century that the newspaper has been in existence.
Paywall coming to LA Times?
Mexican tycoon Slim sets sights on digital content
Gannett Broadcast Revenue Down 6%
Thanks for the input.
“essentially handed out for free, or deeply discounted in various bulk-sales distribution deals with hotels, airlines and other outlets.”
It probably depends on the size and power of the hotel/motel re what deal they can get.
I used to buy it back before the internet days, simply for compiling the fantasy football stats on Monday/Tuesday. That is it.
As long as they keep Parks & Recreation, I’ll be watching at least a little bit of NBC. WEll, that and Sunday night football.
I love CBS shows. NCIS, NCIS LA, Survivor, 21/2 Men, Mike and Molly, CSI’s, and so many. I would say that 80 percent of my TV watching is on CBS. ABC and especially NBC is not good. I know everyone hates CBS here, but it is the news section that is hated and not the family oriented shows they have at night.
I heard they canceled “The Playboy Club”. Reportedly Hugh Hefner was sad they didn’t allow it to build an audience. Ratings were in the toilet for that show.
2 1/2 Men is "Family Oriented"?
They also follow fads. On one network, witches, werewolves and vampires were all the rage now I see at least 2 networks (NBC and ABC) are going to try modernized scarey fairy tales as themes.
I'll admit I enjoyed The Playboy Club. It was more a crime drama/ murder mystery than a sex romp. No more naughtiness than anything else out there now. It was actually mild. I've seen worst at the 7 pm hour.
The next NBC show to be canceled will probably be Up All Night starring Christina Applegate. It goes head-to-head with Survivor, The X Factor and The Middle.
I have enjoyed the few episodes of Whitney that have aired. Free Agents wasn’t bad either. I like humor that doesn’t have politics injected in it.
Well, they can always move Rev Al’s show to prime time on the network..
“Most of them use the same script, with minor variations.”
For a vast majority of the viewing audience, that works. All they want to see is attractive people doing interesting things.
That’s why there’s CSI: Miami, New York, L.A., Buffalo, Trenton, Allentown, Duluth, etc.
NBCs biggest primetime gamble just became the first cancelled show of the season: The Playboy Club has been pulled from the networks schedule.
October 5th, 2011 at 9:09 pm
CBS & Fox Neck and Neck In Adults 18-49 Season-to-Date Ratings Through Week Ending October 2, 2011
Fox is only English language network up vs. last year.
TV Ratings Thursday: ‘X Factor’ Drops, Still Leads Fox Win; ‘Whitney,’ ‘Prime Suspect’ Hit Lows As NBC Has Worst In-Season Thursday Ever
Whitney fell 13% to a series low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Prime Suspect slid 13% to a series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.
Good point. Not at all....just kinda funny. I don’t allow my kids to watch it but my wife and I occasionally do watch it.
We have Direct TV and apparently they have some kind of a contract dispute going with CBS. If it’s not settled, we won’t be able to see this channel after November 1. It’s going to be a crisis in this house if we can’t watch Gibbs on NCIS!
Why? Doesn’t this reduce revenue and put people out of work?
Maybe they should have nurtured Friday Night Lights better! One of the best shows in many years and they couldn’t move it to a better time slot. If they moved it to Tuesday or Thursday, when it wouldn’t compete with live football games it would have had a shot.
The best character and best show on TV.
Its going to be a crisis in this house if we cant watch Gibbs on NCIS!
I agree. I wish you luck. I predict that they will settle it. If it was some obscure channel then I would worry but being a major channel, I THINK they will settle whatever issues they have. If not, you can watch it on CBS.com. Not as great but at least you will able to view it.
“How are they doing on their MSNBC Democrat Infommercials?”
Oh, you mean their news programs? Seems their man has got low ratings.
Speaking of networks going down the tube...one of my favorites SyFy has gone off the deep end on wrestling and reality shows. I realize that sci-fi series are expensive, but I really used to enjoy some of their good shows.
I wish there was a channel that would just show some of the old 60’s & 70’s sci-fi shows...But I guess that is where Hulu comes in...
Harry's Law is just another foolish NBC Communist morality play, with leftist writers tossing turgid bits of propaganda and idiotic liberal tropes into every other line of the script.
They lay it on so heavily that it's even less watchable than Law and Order SVU (that is, unless you play a drinking game where you get to down a shot every time you identify yet another stale Commie propaganda ploy).
I guess the only show we watch on NBC is “Prime Suspect”, which, I think, must be an American remake of the popular British show of the same name that starred Helen Mirren. We like the show; hope it’s not cancelled.
We're with DISH. About a year and a half ago, we lost the entire ABC network, including local Portland news, for nearly six months due to Fisher Communications dispute with DISH. The only thing we really cared about was "Jeopardy"- we were reduced to watching re-runs on "The Game Show Channel". We were really glad when it was finally settled.
I think it was cancelled in this latest news (not positive)...
Prime Suspect slid 13% to a series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating
Good Sci fi always does well. Shortsighted networks still pull the plug. Any network that green lights new Firefly episodes would have a ratings bonanza.
UpCHUCK All Night starring Christina Applegate
wee wee and poo poo jokes went out along tme ago,, except on abc and nbc
Bring Back Arrested Development!
NCIS is my favorite show and about the only thing I watch on TV (USA reruns). I think gay/lib writers took over. I’m really disappointed in the way the show is going. They are making Gibbs into a criminal, Tony looks like a cartoon character, McGee looks weak and depressed and Ziva sits around and looks pretty. They’re going to make Gibbs cry on the program at some point or another.
I guess they are going for the female audience now. Too much family stuff for me and not enough bad guys getting theirs. They are also recycling plots. As my daughter says she likes shows and movies with guns, guts and guys, which NCIS had at the beginning. They also started out very pro-America and pro-military. Now, they have very little of that. It was fun while it lasted.
The network shows are universally awful. How many “tough” lady lawyers and cops can we stand? Or perverse shows with nonstop sexual content?
When are we going to be able to pick and choose which channels we want on cable? I watch sports and HGTV, and my husband watches history documentaries and movies. The rest is useless.
And it really bothers me when the networks (especially Fox!) insert inappropriate material in the ads for their sleazy shows and air them during sports programming. There are many youngsters who watch sports, and they don’t need to be exposed to this gutter humor.
You should be able to plug an external antenna into you dish receiver and pull in over the air broadcasts.
true dat. Unfortunately the actors, writers, etc etc have all moved on, and it was the whole mixture that made the show what it was. Don’t think they would ever be able to recapture that.
Other than football, I won't watch their garbage either. Promoting jerks like Alex Baldwin and Keith Olbermann is the reason why.
They can put any kind of crap on. They can take it back off too. In the meantime, we’ll be watching Gaki no Tsukai and more real entertainment on the internet.
Is it national CBS? I haven’t seen anything about my local CBS.