Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Local Nielsens: Same as it ever was

The latest local television ratings look very much the same as they have for the past year, with KOAA/Channels 5&30’s newscasts maintaining a large lead in the mornings, afternoons and at night, according to the November Nielsen ratings that were released earlier this week.

The only crack in the KOAA armor comes at noon, where the station finished second, behind KRDO/Channel 13. Otherwise, the station led its rivals at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

KKTV/Channel 11 remained in second place at 10 p.m., with KRDO in third.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My Christmas present to you

Consider this: Fox is developing a comedy about four young women who are best friends... and werewolves.

It's called.... wait for it.... "Bitches."

I can offer no more.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

What's Timmy watching? Not TV

A study says young 'uns don't watch the boob tube like they used to. What's next, giving up video games? Why aren't our kids learning to veg?

Pushing Daisies. Sigh.

Last night was probably the last "PD" before it shuffles off to that big pie hole in the sky. They tried to pack a little extra in to provide some closure, which messed up the rhythm of the show. But anyway... sigh. Only the good die young.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Whither Leno?

I've been pondering this Leno thing quite a bit the last day.

On the one hand, it's clearly more palatable than NBC's other options. On the the other hand, it's a move clearly born of desperation and, as others have noted, it signals NBC is essentially giving up on the 9 p.m. hour.
Also, given that programming heads roll about once a year at the networks, even if this move pays off in the short term, Ben Silverman will be out at NBC within another year or two - at most. Then there'll be a new sheriff in town, and he or she will be looking at that 9 o'clock hour (in Mountain, anyway) and thinking, "I'd really like to take a shot at 'CSI.'"

Then what happens to Leno? Sure, he's only going to work, what, another decade at most, but the primetime landscape is going to shift half a dozen times in that decade. Primetime is fluid, late night is semi-permanent. So, even if Leno's show is moderately successful, it's unlikely to be long-lasting in its current form. And, if that happens, we'll be right back to where we were last week - with Leno feeling unappreciated and looking for a sweet gig at a competing network.

Finally, anyone catch Brian Williams' interview with Leno? Jay could hardly have seemed less pleased about the whole thing. Maybe Silverman has incriminating pictures of him. Maybe the rumors about the ABC deal were much exaggerated.

I dunno. But if a major network (does NBC still qualify?) gives you five hours of primetime a week to play with and a ridiculous salary, you think you'd be able to at least fake a little excitement, right?

Monday, December 08, 2008

Ask not for whom the bell tolls...

It tolls for TV.

Cutting back on primetime hours because you can't find enough good programming to fill primetime seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face, but cable and the Internet are dilluting the audience like nobody's business. It's very similar to what's happened to newspapers.

One thing I often think about: In an On-demand world, will there be anything worth demanding?

More NBC handwringing here.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Links, we got links

“ER” signs off March 12. I guess that show has so little gas left in the tank that the final episode isn’t even worth a May sweeps stunt.

“Knight Rider” is finally put out of its misery. God that was godawful.

Showtime’s bringing its most distasteful product back for another season. Why?

Just because it’s funny and I love Tiny Fey. (Also, first picture? Hilarious. The rest? Still hot).

Another nail in the “Friday Night Lights” coffin. Is anyone watching that on DirecTV?

You thought Halloween was last month. But zombies still walk the earth.

“Reaper” returns. I’m so hopeful… and so scared. I’m also about the only one who cares.