Another new sitcom bit the dust when NBC canceled Welcome to the Family late last Friday. On the plus side, the cancelation makes room for the return of Community in January; on the down side, NBC's rejiggered schedule means that Parks and Recreation is on hiatus for most of the rest of the year. Other than that, how are this year's comedies doing in the ratings?
CBS's winning formula continues to pay dividends. Constant hit The Big Bang Theory pulled in 16.47 million viewers for its new episode this week, and am impressive 7.93 million for a rerun on Monday. The Millers and The Crazy Ones are still slipping a bit each week, this [...]
"Don't watch Kroll Show if you don’t have a Nielsen box. I honestly don't care. Feel free to DVR it and not watch it because that will somehow help my ratings maybe, but honestly I'm talking to the four of you with a Nielsen box. If you have a Nielsen box, like, who are you? Where do you live? How do I find you? You’re a unicorn and I don't believe that you exist."
- Nick Kroll giving Entertainment Weekly 5 reasons not to watch his new Comedy Central series Kroll Show and putting forth a pretty valid theory that Nielsen families don't really exist.
It's easy to understand why people are ambivalent, or even hostile, toward ratings. The thinking goes something like this:
1. People love the shows that they love, a lot 2. Some of these shows get canceled "too soon" 3. They get canceled, almost invariably, because of what some mean old bully named Nelson said. Nielsen. I mean Nielsen.
To intensify your heartburn, the validity of these ratings is seemingly taken for granted. When you find out that your favorite show is getting canceled for having a 1.1 rating, there's never any "but" — just the number. A network might keep a show around for prestige, or on [...]