Winners and Losers From The Last 7 Days
I took a week off from the Ratings Roundup last week – but now it’s back. And guess what – sadly for the broadcast networks the ratings bad news continues…
SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC: I haven’t mentioned the long running CBS reality series on the site for a while now. But while other shows continue to garner all the hype and attention, Survivor has been holding steady and continues to pull in some pretty impressive figures.
Take this week for example. On Wednesday night the South Pacific edition of the show attracted 11.59 million viewers and a 3.3 18-49 share. For a show in its 23rd ‘season’ that’s pretty darn good going. And even more impressive is the fact that Survivor even beat The X Factor in the same timeslot, with the Simon Cowell music competition show managing ‘just’ 10.70 million (though the X Factor was slightly ahead in the demo with a 3.4). No wonder CBS just keeps renewing the show season after season…
PERSON OF INTEREST: Another show I haven’t written about for a while is CBS’s under the radar Person Of Interest. Launched with great expectations, the J.J.Abrams thriller has been on the bubble for More >
Okay so who watched the X Factor elimination last night? Dramatic stuff, right?
In case you missed it, the shock result saw 13-year-old former favorite Rachel Crow sent packing after Nicole Scherzinger refused to vote, pushing the result to deadlock with the viewer vote going Marcus’s way.
But it’s what happened next that provided the X Factor USA’s most stunning moment to date. I’ve seen a lot of contestant eliminations over the years – but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a singer react quite like that!
In case you missed it – Rachel had a complete meltdown upon hearing of the result. She literally collapsed to the stage, bawling her eyes out, while Simon and her mom came onstage to comfort her. Meanwhile Nicole also collapsed into tears – and was later booed by the crowd. All great drama for the show. But I can’t have been the only person left wondering – was Rachel too young to be put in this position in the first place?
It’s that time of the year again – the Fall season is over and the broadcast networks are taking stock. But after a tumultuous Fall season how are the big five shaping up – and what does the future hold? Here’s my Remote Patrolled perspective…
MODERN FAMILY: Fall 2012 was a great season for veteran comedies. Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory continue to rule the ratings – but it’s ABC’s Modern Family that’s the undisputed champ when it comes to both critics AND commercial success.
After waltzing off with its second Best Comedy Emmy in a row, Family is the official network comedy king. And this third season is scoring bigger ratings than ever, peaking at over 15 million viewers in week 2 and consistently in the 13-14 million range. Plus Modern Family is the lynchpin for ABC’s whole Wednesday comedy block – speaking of which…
THE MIDDLE / SUBURGATORY / HAPPY ENDINGS: Looks like Modern Family isn’t alone on Wednesday nights anymore!
Freshman comedy Suburgatory has fit right into the Wednesday lineup, averaging a healthy 8-9 million a week and building steadily growing buzz. Meanwhile The Middle continues to hold its own at 8pm, and unwanted stepchild Happy More >
Don’t you just hate it when this happens?
You get into a show, investing time into a series and then just when you’ve passed the point of no return it starts to go south! Unfortunately that’s what’s starting to happen with one of my Fall favorites, Ringer.
I’ve been in DVR catch up mode this last week – and so I only just caught the Ringer Fall finale. And I hate to say it, but the Sarah Michelle Gellar saga is in imminent danger of collapsing under its own weight.
Okay so Ringer wasn’t exactly realistic from the start! The tale of twin sisters who swap identities after one of the twins goes missing, but guess what, she’s still alive and conspiring against her sibling – was never going to be believable TV. But I don’t mind suspending my disbelief to a certain extent for the entertainment value of a show.
But there’s crazy – and then there’s just plain insulting!
Time for another new strand here at Remote Patrolled – and this one’s a doozy!
Have you got a favorite actor or actress that you just adore – and yet somehow they keep turning up in truly terrible series that squander their talents and just have you screaming ‘what were you thinking?’ Yep it’s time they fired their agent!
To kick us off let’s start with Megan Mullally. Oh Megan – where do I begin!
Like pretty much every gay man in American (heck the world) I just adored Mullally in Will And Grace. Starring as the fabulously wealthy and spoiled Karen Walker, Megan was consistently hilarious and pretty much the definition of a scene stealer.
But ever since the NBC sitcom ended in 2006, Megan Mullally has been adrift, stumbling from one bad project to another.
Okay – tissues at the ready!
Here’s the most beautiful, awesome and most powerful commercial I’ve come across this year – hailing from Australia and in support of marriage equality.
The video’s called ‘It’s Time’ and is already a viral sensation with over 3 million views on You Tube in the last week alone. It’s one of the most potent videos I’ve seen so far in support of equal marriage rights – and far better than the bland and gutless US equivalents which have so far failed to really take off.
I don’t normally touch on political / social issues here on the site, but as a gay man myself in a long term relationship I feel very passionately about the cause of marriage equality. In fact not being able to marry has caused myself and my partner a lot of problems – both personal and financial. I honestly don’t understand how people who constantly call for smaller government seem so determined to have that same government legislate people’s private lives! Still it’s a battle we WILL win in the end – marriage equality is inevitable.
The handsome star of the video is a New Zealand actor / director / writer called Julian Shaw More >
Okay – now it all makes sense!
After a somewhat painful second ‘season’ (I know, we’re only halfway through), where at times it felt as though we the viewers were half dead ourselves, The Walking Dead roared back to life last night with one of the show’s best ever episodes – and an amazing finale scene.
You know the sequence in question – the final five minutes of the Fall season finale in which our team of survivors, led by the increasingly hardened Shane, released the Walkers in the barn and shot them dead in front of an aghast Hershel. But it was the final touching shot of long lost Sophia exiting the barn that carried the most power. Though we barely knew her as a character, it was shocking to watch Rick shoot the bewildered Sophia in the head, casting a whole new light on the Season 2 episodes so far.
LOVE AND HIP HOP: I’ve talked frequently here at Remote Patrolled about Vh1’s ratings woes – especially late last year when the network really was in the ratings toilet.
But credit where it’s due the former music network has certainly turned the corner in recent months. Mob Wives is a solid hit for the network and about to launch its first spin-off in the Spring. And then there’s Monday nights, which Vh1 has transformed into a solid ‘urban’ night – powered by standout Love And Hip Hop.
This week Hip Hop attracted 2.78 million viewers and a 1.6 18-49 share, the top rated reality show of the night, ahead of such series as American Chopper, Hoarders and Monster In Laws. Plus not far behind is fellow Vh1 reality show, Basketball Wives, which pulled in 2.26 million and a 1.3 youth share on the same night. I still don’t really know what the Vh1 brand stands for – but at least the network has some solid ratings to crow about…
Okay – here we go!
I don’t know how you guys spent your Thanksgiving – but as part of my day my partner and I went to see the new Muppets movie (even though I was battling a work-induced cold!) Now I have to say going in, The Muppets was one of my most eagerly anticipated movies of the year. Like a lot of people my age (I’m 37) I grew up on The Muppets TV show in the late 70’s / early 80’s – and can’t help but smile when I see the likes of Miss Piggy, Animal and my favorite, The Swedish Chef. Plus there was the near unanimous praise for the new Muppets movie – 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. Sounds like a sure bet, right?
Well sadly I’m with the 3% who didn’t give the new Muppets movie a rave review! For me it’s a big old disappointment…
Okay time for a bit of controversy here on the site!
As you’ve no doubt read over the last couple of days, cult comedy Arrested Development is about to get a second chance at success, courtesy of Netflix who’ve just agreed to finance an unspecified number of episodes of the show, leading up to a proposed feature film. Commentators all over the web are cock a hoop at the news. But am I the only person who thinks Arrested Development should have stayed canceled? (more…)