In this week’s edition, we have a renewal, a couple of layoffs, and two firings…
T Dog’s Fabulous Four
Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill. Say what you want about The CW (I know I have), but last Monday’s duo finished second in its time period among women 18-34 (with One Tree finishing first among women 12-24), doing what the network set the shows out to do.
Project Runway and South Park. This duo isn’t together, but they are showed a punch against network TV last Wednesday with Runway drawing 4.8 million viewers and South Park drawing 2.9 million. Another winner of an episode for South Park – so far this young season, this program alone is better than Fox’s Animation Domination Sunday block (excluding King of the Hill.)
Of course, I raved about the new season of The Simpsons around this time last year, and look where it ended up…
The Mentalist. You’re a freshman program nabbing fifteen million viewers a week. So what do you get? A full season pickup and maybe a shot at another season.
Joe Ahern fired from WBBM-TV. The reign of terror unleashed by this tyrant mercifully ended last week.
T Dog’s Flopulous Four
Chicago Sports. Floptober continues for our local sports teams: The Bears blew a 20-19 lead in the last minute of a game against the Atlanta Falcons and lost while the Chicago Blackhawks fired coach Dennis Savard after just four games of the new season after a 1-2-1 record. Judging by snide remarks made by a lot of people about the Hawks, this team has a long way to go before they can be taken seriously. Looking at Chicago’s teams, these guys (notably the Cubs) are making the broadcast networks’ troubles look good by comparison.
MRC’s Sunday night lineup. Speaking of pathetic, the numbers for Media Rights Capital’s Sunday night lineup on The CW are close to hash-mark hell with the company shutting down production on Valentine and Easy Money, basically sealing their fate. Hey, MRC – you can’t go wrong with The Billy Graham Hour.
Sirius-XM layoffs. Yes, I know they had to do what they had to do, but did the cost-cutting have to come almost solely from the XM side? I think you misrepresented your intentions, Uncle Mel.
Nine-FM. Yeah, like anyone saw this coming. What’s amusing is this morning, they ran a promo on how to sign up to be “a Niner” and have a chance to win a free lunch. Obviously, someone forgot to tell the genius running the station (the Automator 3000) that on Monday this dump is “a goner”. Good luck trying to score that free lunch – knowing their budget, it would’ve only consisted of a can of soup.