Blog Spotlight: People Don't Watch Shows that Suck

You'd think that would be common sense but, apparently it's not. Case in point -- today an Entertainment Weekly article questioned why so many science fiction shows this season are tanking while audiences are still flocking to science fiction movies:

Two weeks ago, Fox aired what was probably the final episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a pretty solid sci-fi show which nevertheless suffered from guttery ratings. Two weeks from now, Terminator Salvation will premiere in theaters -- where it will likely make somewhere in the vicinity of $90 million in its first weekend, regardless of how "good" it is. Two separate extentions of the same franchise: one will be labeled a failure, the other a ginormous hit. Why? Why don't we want science fiction on television anymore?

I think that the EW article is based on a faulty premise. People do watch science fiction TV shows...when they don't suck (X-FILES, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, the first season of HEROES, etc).

Unfortunately, most of them suck.

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Terminator TSCC is the most wiew drama show in Latin america, but we dont count as wiews...This sucks most of the TV shows in my country sucks but I cant do anything when one of my favorite shows is getting cancell because I dont live in the US.
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Huge flaw in this argument - the ratings system doesn't include DVR/online, and most of the people that watch 'genre' shows don't watch them live. The only shows that are going to do well in ratings are things you need to watch live like reality tv, and shows that are typically watched by people that don't have access to DVR/internet. This problem doesn't apply to movies. The problem is with the ratings system, not the shows.
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I factor the viewing public and the plights of said public as narrowing the appeal of genres, as much as how well those genres are scripted/acted. And a movie is roughly a 2 hr outing of time and money spent on the town, versus tv being a long haul investment. Then there is the network component, the how they support their 'children' both in production and in press, even the reputations of the networks themselves - whether they lend themselves to or distract from the genre pieces they present. Fox and NBC are fast becoming networks not for science fiction properties, and the Sci Fi was/is not stepping up to the plate to be the quality network to showcase such properties (places where the 4400, Journey Man, Terminator, Heroes would be a better long term fit). So we'll have shows doing what it takes to be on a network but not necessarily in the minds and hearts of the viewers because of it. Too many factors.
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Can't really say much about your piece, because people don't read blogs that suck.
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