Question: In a recent column, Robert R. wrote that when he sees "the once-great NBC stocking its schedule with schlock," he worries about the future of television. I have seen this NBC-bashing sentiment a lot lately (even by you) as people wail about harmless new shows like My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad (which my little nephew loves) or American Gladiators. But really, what is NBC supposed to do? Every time it's tried to program "quality" shows recently — Friday Night Lights, Life, Chuck, 30 Rock, etc. — the ratings have been pathetic. Even The Office, which is considered a "hit," gets half the audience of CBS' Two and a Half Men. If no one watches those shows, what incentive does NBC have to create better programming? I love all the series mentioned above, plus Journeyman, Heroes and Scrubs; most of my faves are on the bubble or already canceled. If you were "fixing" NBC, what would you do?
Answer: Thankfully, it's not my job to "fix" any network, nor would I be so presumptuous. It has
Question: I'm sure you've heard of NBC's decision to cancel their Upfront presentation. Instead, it's opting to reveal a 52-week lineup during a "spotlight event." OK, first of all, you can call it whatever you want, it is still an Upfront presentation. Second of all, didn't Fox fail miserably in its attempt to create a year-round schedule a few years back? I am sick of Jeff ("Couldn't-create-a-hit-in-10-years") Zucker and his minion, Ben Silverman. Both seem equally useless at their job. In the meantime, NBC continues to go down the tubes, in the ratings and in terms of creativity. I'm 25, yet I still remember the glory years of NBC. How about instead of adapting to the new way things are done, as Zucker continues to say, NBC spend some time worrying about creating respectable, creative shows? With crappy programming such as American Gladiators and My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad, NBC is not staying ahead of the curb but is instead being left far behind. Are you as tired of Zucker and ...
Monday's numbers, faster than Lindsay can drop trou:8 pm/ETDeal or No Deal was the night's most-watched program, drawing 16.85 million total viewers. The Dance War finale delivered 9.14 mil over its two-hour "Announce-next-season's-Dancing-cast-already!" run. Prison Break said hasta la vista to 7.4 mil, a drop of 470 thou. Another 23 percent checked out of CBS' Captain (5.45 mil).9 pmNBC's My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad premiered to 9.82 million samplers. At 9.38 mil, Old Christine let slip 520K. Sarah Connor did 8.1 mil, a drop of 230 thou. The CW's Girlicious (1.77 mil) matched Girlfriends' final audience (as well as the first four letters of its title)!10 pmMedium (8.45 mil) came in second behind a warmed-over CSI: Miami. October Road (4.4 mil) saw a 400K gain.