TV.com's Network Power Rankings, End-of-the-Season Edition: Who Won the Upfronts and Finales?

Welcome back to the internet's foremost power rankings! It's been a month since we've done one of these, so here's a quick refresher: Using a complicated methodology including ratings (Nielsen overnights, DVR numbers), business matters (pilot orders, scheduling, personnel decisions), buzz (social media, "viral" moments, other goodwill), and quality (good shows, episodes), I evaluate the performance of an ever-changing variety of TV networks based on what they've been up to recently.

Last time we convened, HBO and AMC continued their fairly regular domination of the power rankings thanks to Game of ThronesMad Men, and some impressive ratings and buzz. That isn't the case this time. The reason we posponed this round is that so many fascinating things were happening in the middle part of May: the Upfronts, renewals and cancellations, big finales, etc. The end of the season is an incredibly busy time for the networks, which makes for the most competitive power rankings that we've compiled thus far. A number of networks were in the running for the top spot, and the original list of networks I considered was close to 20. Not all of them made the final cut, of course, but I did an extra spot this time around. Let's get to it.


1. CBS (previous rank: 5)


Reese was clearly very emotional after receiving the good news. 

Probably no surprise here. CBS finished the 2012-2013 season at the top of both the 18-49 demographic and total viewership rankings. The latter victory was basically a given for the network, but the former went to the Eye for the first time since 1991-1992. Although CBS's ratings declined three percent in the 18-49 demo, that figure is relative to much larger declines for all the other major competitors on broadcast. Meanwhile, the network's overall viewership and 18-34 ratings both increased, which means it's getting more popular with some younger folks at the same time. Ten of the top 25 and 13 of the top 30 shows in the 18-49 demographic belonged to CBS this year—that's literally the best news a network could ask for. 

Because of all these triumphs, CBS didn't have to do a whole lot to its schedule for 2013-2014, but as always, the network made some moderately surprising choices that will probably assure continued domination in the foreseeable future. We suspected its extended Thursday-night comedy block was coming, but that won't make it any less effective in destroying whatever remaining hold NBC's comedies might have on that night. More comedy means Person of Interest has to shift to Tuesdays at 10pm, but the move should allow the network to clean up what has been a weirdly troublesome timeslot for it over the last handful of years. 

Neither of the network's more serialized new dramas (Hostages and Intelligence) looks exceptional, but they seem CBS-y enough to thrive in the network's push to experiment both with high-concept programming and shortened seasons (don't ever say CBS doesn't try to change with the times!). And while the new comedies don't look particularly good, one of them is bound to hit (it's likely going to be Mom); even if something fails, the network has Mike & Molly on the bench. We might not like it, but nothing about CBS's 2012-2013 performance or its 2013-2014 schedule suggests that there's any real substantive competition out there. 

Finally, the Survivor finale capped off what was generally an enjoyable season (after a rough start). And based on my TV.com colleagues' reviews of ElementaryPerson of Interest, and The Big Bang Theory, I'd say that those shows ended on high notes that will keep the huge swaths of  viewers coming back in the fall. (Full disclosure: CBS is the parent company of TV.com.) 


2. NBC (previous rank: 8)

NBC had a pretty rough go between January and May, but the end of the full television season allows us to look back a little more fondly on what the network accomplished—most notably, FOOTBALL. Sunday Night Football was the highest-rated show of the season, which is not surprising in any way. NBC also deserves credit for keeping The Voice's momentum alive despite expanding it to two cycles per season. The singing competition ended up third and fifth overall in the important 18-49 demographic, giving NBC three of the top five highest-rated shows. The Peacock might be top-heavy (the football pre-game show and Revolution, buoyed by The Voice and its early fall successes, were the only other NBC shows to appear in the top 35), but those numbers don't lie. And here's some more good news for NBC: Overall, its 18-49 demo rating only dropped four percent in 2012-2013, which is second best to CBS (yes, at this point it's all about who declines the least, not who improves the most). And it's important to remember that NBC's 2011-2012 ratings included the Super Bowl, so NBC actually improved this year. 

This all sets up a 2013-2014 schedule that makes quite a bit of sense. I still think there might've been some value in shifting The Voice to later in the week in hopes of gouging Fox's struggling singing competitions, but NBC made a smart move in using the show to try to build up Chicago Fire, which grew into a nice little show over the course of the season and performed well on its own in the Wednesdays-at-10pm slot. Having The Voice as a lead-in should only pump up Chicago Fire's broad appeal, which could give the network a big drama series to build around. That unfortunately means moving Parenthood to 10pm on Thursday, but that show's pairing with Michael J. Fox's new comedy seems like a solid fit in NBC's attempts to return to more family-friendly programming. I also like the move toward more scripted programming on Sundays once football is over; the run of DatelineCelebrity Apprentice, and whatever else has gone on for far too long. (That doesn't mean that  Crisis or Believe look any good, however.) 

One important thing about NBC: The network has a number of pretty solid shows right now. In addition to Chicago Fire and Parenthood, Grimm and Hannibal are two of the more beloved broadcast dramas with active fans (Hannibal might be the best at the moment; thank goodness it was renewed for Season 2). I'm not pretending that NBC doesn't have holes—the network canceled a lot of shows that I assumed it would bring back, just because it needed content—but it's notched some nice successes to build on for next season. 

Oh, and I guess we can't ignore the Dan Harmon-returning-to-Community stuff, huh? I still can't believe that that actually happened! 


3. HBO (previous rank: 1)

It's difficult for me to drop HBO too far, even with the broadcast networks grabbing most of the headlines with their finales, new fall schedules, and fancy parties in New York City. This season of Game of Thrones continues to pull in fantastic live ratings. Aside from TNT and ESPN's coverage of the NBA playoffs, Gowas the highest-rated show on all of cable (not just pay cable) for most of May, and of course, the show is concurrently doing well on social media, especially after Sunday's emotional and bloody "The Rains of Castamere." And while HBO didn't air a new episode of GoT over Memorial Day weekend, the pay cable giant slotted in Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra and scored the highest numbers for a HBO original film in nearly a decade. The movie also garnered some of the best reviews for a HBO original film in probably even longer. Meanwhile, despite unimpressive ratings, The Family Tree gives HBO another solid, interesting "comedy" to boast about. 

Finally—and unsurprisingly—HBO leads the Critic's Choice nominations with 21, including series nominations for Veep and Game of Thrones. Throw in a pick-up for a Mike Judge comedy and a ridiculous trailer for what will absolutely be another ridiculous season of True Blood and HBO had itself another impressive month.


4. ABC (previous rank: N/A)

For all the jokes we've all made about NBC, ABC finished (un)comfortably in fourth place this season, and almost all of its new shows failed or were at least justifiably canceled. The Once Upon a Time + Revenge pairing didn't totally work on Sundays, Modern Family took a little bit of a dip in the ratings, and one tentpole drama series after another (Last Resort666 Park AvenueRed Widow) failed to catch on with audiences or network executives (weirdly, 666 finished the season with higher ratings than Nashville and The Neighbors, but ABC apparently never considered bringing it back). 

Of course, Modern Family still remains one of the top five most-watched shows on television, and Grey's Anatomy remains one of the top 10. And this season, Scandal grew into THE story of the broadcast networks, growing in profile thanks to audacious storytelling and Twitter. So, almost like always at this point, ABC has a bunch of pretty good shows that people like (both on and off social media), only some of which are actually popular (R.I.P. Happy Endings) and then a lot of crap that really no one wants any part of (sorry, Reba). 

And also almost like always, ABC is looking at another weird schedule. Its 2013-2014 lineup offers some large opportunities for ABC to make up ground on its competitors (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Goldbergs, if buzz is to be believed), but also features shows that seemed destined to tank (Betrayal, and if we're being honest, Super Fun Night), plus a few mind-boggling scheduling choices (deciding not to air the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland spin-off during the original show's winter break). ABC always seems to hoard mediocre new shows for the midseason, and this year the crop appears especially troubled, from Mixology to Killer Women. But it might not matter. If S.H.I.E.L.D. is as big as ABC hopes it can be, it will improve Tuesday (long a problem spot) and bring the entire network along with it.


5. Fox (previous rank: N/A)

I'm not totally sure what to make of Fox's 2013-2014 schedule. The just-concluded season wasn't kind to the network that has traditionally dominated the important audience demographics; someone other than Fox (CBS) topped the 18-49 ratings for the first time in years. For one thing, American Idol's ratings straight-up cratered this season, dropping more than 25 percent over the already weakened figures from 2011-2012. Erosion is logical, but Idol is in trouble, and it's unclear whether a judges panel made up of former contestants can save it now. Combine Idol's poor performance with another disappointing year of X Factor, a weak showing in the ratings for the network's Tuesday comedy block, and a lack of drama productions in the wings, and we have ourselves a pretty porous season. Yet, Fox still finished in second place in the important ratings categories. 

The better news is that some of the choices Fox made for next season do make sense. The network has a healthy number of drama pilots in the bank, which means it shouldn't have to face another situation like The Mob Doctor, where a show is dead in week two but continues to air for another three months because the network has nothing to replace it with. Based on the creative team and short trailer alone—which isn't much—Almost Human is one of the more interesting-looking new offerings across all the networks. Of course, Sleepy Hollow looks to be the opposite of that, while "Lawyer House" buzz about Rake couldn't have been more apt—and not in a good way. And because Fox always has so much weird scheduling to contend with because of the World Series and its competitors' time-killing singing competitions, somewhat intriguing shows like Gang Related and Us and Them are stuck on the bench with no premiere date, and BonesRaising Hope, and Enlisted are all slotted in for Fridays even though I can't imagine they'll actually air there (what ever will Gordon Ramsey do?). 

The news that Fox is resurrecting 24 almost makes up for all of this, except that 24 wasn't particularly good for much of its final three seasons. More than any other network, Fox's schedule is an enigma. If the schedule isn't hampered by sports and a few of the network's new shows come together, they'll be fine come next season, even with more Idol deterioration. But if some of the weirder elements combine with poor reception for the freshmen series, things could also get worse, and quick.

Finale-wise, Fox did fine. The New Girl and Mindy finales were fine. The Idol finale was fine. I thought The Following finale was pretty tepid, but fans of the show seemed to enjoy it. People were talking about The Following and New Girl on social media, which is good news considering those are the shows the network is trying to build around.


6. The CW (previous rank: 10)

Upfront-wise, The CW didn't offer us too many surprises, but after years of head-scratching decisions, made some some logical choices and has some solid-looking new offerings. The network has enough confidence in The Originals that the Vampire Diaries spin-off gets to anchor its own night on Tuesdays, which also signals that the network sees something in Reign (which will fill the post-TVD timeslot on Thursdays). The Originals is more likely to work in the longterm, but I applaud The CW for not simply scheduling the spin-off right behind its source. The Tomorrow People and The 100 look compelling enough, and if we're all just going to pretend that Matt Lanter looks like a high school student (alien DNA aside), I guess I can invest in at least a few episodes of Star-Crossed. What's clear from The CW's new schedule is that the soapy melodramas about rich, pretty white people are out, and high-concept supernatural or sci-fi dramas about pretty white people (financial status TBD) are in. I welcome that transition. But with all that being said, the thing I'm most satisfied with here is that The Carrie Diaries is returning, weird Friday timeslot or not.

On the finale front, The CW shows I watch delivered relatively satisfying conclusions. Arrow's was borderline great, Supernatural's featured some powerful Winchester Brothers moments, and Nikita's set up the final string of episodes very well. I'm still wary of some of the developments on The Vampire Diaries, but that finale was at least fast-paced and full of compelling twists. Along the way, The CW continued to rack up lots of social media buzz. And while the network is never going to challenge the big four in the traditional ratings battles, it had to be happy to learn that its total viewership increased four percent over 2011-2012


7. AMC (previous rank: 2)


AMC takes a tumble this go-around because of the busy business happening all around them, and because right now, the network's status stems from Mad Men and very little else. But to be fair, this season of Mad Men is perhaps its most fascinating and buzzworthy yet. The last four episodes have certainly run the gamut in terms of quality, yet they were all equally intriguing in different ways. A few weeks ago, a Dr. Feelgood avatar juiced the office full of a super-vitamin, resulting in the most kinetic and surreal episode in the show's run. Then Betty got her groove back, sirens were blaring everywhere, and Peggy stabbed her longtime boyfriend in the gut, only to get dumped for other reasons. And then Pete smoked pot in slow motion. The people who say nothing happens on Mad Men don't have much of argument this season. We certainly can't gloss over the string of bizarre internet theories pumping up the show's imprint on the conversation. Is Megan Draper a Sharon Tate stand-in, bound to get murdered in the middle of the big NYC crime wave? And who the hell is Bob Freaking Benson: Run-of-the-mill sociopath? FBI agent? Don's long-lost son resulting from the recently-seen "encounter" with the prostitute? The show also continues to do well on social media, which is no surprise considering everyone can't wait to talk about Bob Benson's short shorts and his probable victims. 

Little else happening at AMC right now, but The Killing returned this weekend, something that could be very important to some of you (the ratings were just about even with last season's premiere). I'm on record as saying that the trailers and clips make this season look dramatically better than just about anything after the fifth episode of Season 1, and Noel liked the premiere well enough, so my optimism is high.


8. A&E (previous rank: 7)

Duck Dynasty might be on hiatus at the moment, but A&E continues to thrive thanks to a few scripted successes. Bates Motel ended up being one of the higher-rated cable debuts of the year, and seemed to pick up credibility with certain segments of the critical community as the season progressed. It will be back for another season, and I'd wager that a summer and fall's worth of word of mouth will help boost the show even more. Longmire and The Glades just returned, both to pretty solid ratings despite their Memorial Day premieres and moderately challenging competition. It's sort of weird to me, but somehow Longmire was one of the most checked-into shows on GetGlue last week. None of these series bring in the same kind of numbers that Duck Dynasty does, but they help solidify A&E as a place for average-to-above-average scripted content, which holds weight for industry perceptions. 

But hey, what a bummer that A&E cancelled Intervention, right? If that's not a signal toward a different kind of programming for the channel, I don't know what is.


9. TNT (previous rank: 11)

You folks know that I respect cable networks that consistently accrue big ratings. TNT has accomplished that in recent weeks thanks to its coverage of the NBA playoffs. Over the last three weeks, at least three of the top nine or 10 cable airings of the week have been TNT-aired playoff games. Game 4 between the Heat and Pacers scored a substantial 8.1 million viewers and was the most-watched show on all of television that night. Sports are admittedly a different animal from most of the productions I typically mention here in the power rankings or what we talk about on TV.com, but highly watched coverage like this helps TNT pay for some of the scripted and unscripted shows we enjoy (unfortunately, one of those shows won't be Southlandwhich the channel canceled since the last time we checked in). Plus, TNT's NBA coverage is the best in the business. They've won multiple Emmys for their work, and deservedly so.

TNT also made some noise of their own during the week of the broadcast Upfronts by announcing development plans featuring a slew of shows that have some potential but are so far off from making it to air that it's misguided to even get remotely invested in them. The most interesting part of that news dump is that both TNT and its sister network TBS announced 24/7 live streaming through smartphone and tablet apps. This is pretty big news, and I will be interested to see what, if any, other cable channels follow suit in the future.


10. Showtime (previous rank: N/A) 

Showtime has been absent from the power rankings for a good chunk of time now due to its light schedule of originals. That's going to change come June with the premieres of the final season of Dexter and the first season of Ray Donovan, along with all the Emmy buzz that will start to percolate come June and July. Still, I felt like it was worthwhile to give the cable channel a little love here near the end of the rankings for the current runs of The BorgaisNurse Jackie, and the just-completed The Big C. I'm not an avid watcher of any of those three, but I've heard some good things, particularly about Big C's final stretch of episodes. However, bummer for Borgais fans that there will likely not be a fourth season (I guess the  show's solid social media presence didn't hold enough water with channel executives). Plus, that trailer for the final season of Dexter is really, really good, and it's getting me amped for the show's early return in late June.

 

11. BBC America (previous rank: N/A)

I also felt it worthwhile to throw a little love toward BBC America. The channel doesn't have a whole lot of original programming that garners mainstream attention, but the spring has been good to the network. The most recent run of Doctor Who could best be described as a full-on mess (or, if we're getting especially mean, "a shell of its former self"), but the show does good business for BBCA and makes all sorts of noise online. I'm certainly hoping that the 50th anniversary special sets the series on a new, more consistent course, but now that news has broken that Matt Smith is leaving after that "big event" episode, I'm a little weary.

The real story here is Orphan Black, a show that has picked up steam, both in quality and with critics and audiences, as the season progressed. It is yet another BBC America show that does very well on social media sites like GetGlue, and thankfully the channel renewed it for a second season

 

12. Netflix (previous rank: N/A)

I added a twelfth spot to the rankings this time because it's hard to exclude Netflix. Yes, they aren't a network, but they've been positioning themselves to compete with the powerful players in the industry for a while now, and Memorial Day weekend was the first big pinnacle of that process with the release of Season 4 of Arrested Development. The hype was extraordinary, but the reviews have been decidedly mixed thus far (make sure to keep up with Nick as he moves through the new batch episode by episode), and creator Mitch Hurwitz is already getting defensive on Twitter. Nevertheless, Netflix won't release specific viewership data, but a recent press release claims that 36 percent of Netflix usage on Sunday was dedicated to at least one episode of AD. That is three times the viewership for House of Cards, a show Netflix has called a hit. Whether or not you think the new episodes are up to snuff (I don't), and whether or not you think Netflix is redefining the way television is produced or consumed (again, I don't), one thing is for sure: People are talking about the brand.


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quite like Longmire.....im pretyy sure PoI will have greatly helped them get to number one...as NCIS has in my opinion seen much better days....and Person has been superb this season, and greatly enjoyed the finale...
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Guys, what the hell has happened in this comment section?
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we answered you so would it be possible to get this answered so our concerns could be laid to rest? Don't be like other reviewers (not MaryAnn--she is awesome at responding to her fans) and ignore the people who support you.
your question was answered (some friends and I wanted an answer so we asked and kept asking until answered---but not answered yet so.......)

I was nice and respectful in answering you below and I politely ask that our questions about Banshee S2 being reviewed weekly be answered similarly;-)

Being ignored lead to frustration and then action....so can you get the bosses to give an OK about getting it reviewed.

Heck Fringe, Kerkesh, I and to many other wonderful people to name here did a similar raid on other articles and the FTW list to get Orphan Black reviewed and now the site is all over it----I bet they are glad they listed to the masses.

I had such high hopes since you did the finale review (I was suprrised to hear from another reviewer that Tim urged for Banshee to be put on the FTW list--I believe that reviewer so despite my "picking on Tim" I respect him immensely for that)

I'm feeling a bit bitchy so I'll end this comment now.
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Yeah, that Grumpyclown, all ill is his fault ;) ! But we really would like you to commit to us, your fans that you'll review Banshee season two, pretty please?
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I stand by my comments

Review season 2 of Banshee or i kick a terrapin



pretty please
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can tv.com promise to review Banshee season 2? We ALL loved your review of the finale, but in case you go off to do other things we would like our minds put at ease by tv.com about Banshee being reviewed on season 2. I asked way down at the bottom and you answered the other question but didn't answer the one about Banshee (which is what I really wanted to know about).

What happened??? Grumpyclown hacked my account and started all this drama. I agree with it but I wish he didn't keep impersonating me (he's a transexual you know? but he needs his own "female" id)...j/k! <3 GC

I hope comments translate into bonuses for the writers;-) That Banshee finale review you did make you our hero--you gained a lot of fans---please don't disappoint your fans;-)

The comments were dying down (as all articles, no matter how fabulous they are, tend to do) so hopefully this kept it on the main page or "popular articles" list but I think there is a time limit to that....
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Review Banshee season 2 or i will kick a terrapin
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Well,look what you're making me do, Vicky, I am writing to a guy I don't even know. I usually do that, writing poems, only to girls I really want to fuck, and only on the third date with flowers and a good bottle of wine:

Cory Baker,high on recapper's pantheon
Part of that summit site, tv. com,
we beseech thee to recap Banshee second season
Make it thy hourly stay, thy new welcoming home.

O, Cory Baker,he whom we all hail,
Shower us with thy timely wisdom;
To avoid hearing our collective wail
Echo forever down this site's fandom.

Abide, then, to our common religion,
And recap for us Banshee's second season.


If that doesn't do it...........
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Admit it, he replied after I posted this.Yay for me ( smug).
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You now need to write more poems until he reviews it
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no way. this is a one way thing. I have to go see about girls who need a-fucking real bad.
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dont forget the wine and flowers
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"and only on the third date with flowers and a good bottle of wine:" - ewww, you use a good bottle of wine and flowers.....i use my penis
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that reminds me, how's your carpal tunnel syndrome doing?
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I STRONG LIKE BULL!
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i have perfected my technique
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all that exercising of the wrist;-)
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Lucky you.Our women here are demanding but they are famous for their acrobatics in bed, so I'll stick to some flowers and a bottle of wine.
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or meet less skanky women.......no offense Vicky ;-)
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why would I be offended clown?
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there are skanky men and skanky women. I'm not offended since I am not a skank--been faithfully married for a long time--decades!
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Vicky and I are not even on the same continent, and she's married. my penis is long, but that long. :)
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Barker, sorry.
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COOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
please review season 2 of
BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Pretty PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASEE
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Nah! I was just kidding, I really want you to do this with great enthusiam :

CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
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If you got a new puppy, what would you call it?
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BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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If I don't do that, Vicky will be sore at me. You wouldn't want that now, Cory, so here, reluctantly :

CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
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what show should cory review?
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BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEBANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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Well, I did say I can do that all day, so I kind of have no choice but:
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
CORY FOR BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (SEASON TWO)
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i dont think you can do that all day
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Cory? Cory? Cory?! CORY? CORY?! CORRRRRYYYYY?! YO! CORY! CORY?! Mr. Barker? Cory? CORY?! Cory?! Coooooooory? Cor? CORY! Yo, Cory! Hey! Cory? CORY? CORY?!

Banshee? Please? Cory? Banshee!
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Just totally out of the blue: What about reviewing this awesome new show BANSHEE's second season, Cory?
It's like sleeping with your extremely attractive cousin - DO IT ALREADY!
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Cory "Hopewell" Barker for Banshee 2!

Do eet!
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"Do eet!" = lol
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Hey I see plenty Banshee love on here!!
Let me join the Banshee FTW team here. Banshee is awesome and need more luv on tv.com.
I cant say enough good stuff about it.
Cinemax's the station.
PLEASE REVIEW SEASON 2 OF BANSHEE!!!!
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I really don't pay much attention to networks as a whole, but in terms of the TV shows I actually like, I'd say TNT had the best season whereas Fox had the worst. Here are my opinions of the networks based on the TV I watch from them:

USA: Super-strong. Psych was awesome this season with its actual mature storyline, yet kept the humor (though the final 2 episodes were questionable), Suits is still ranked as #2 show in how they handled Harvey's "win at all costs" attitude and turned it into his weakness, and "Necessary Roughness" is a guilty pleasure of mine.

TNT: Strong, but with cracks. Leverage ended and Dallas, despite having a great storyline, REALLY took a hit with Larry Hagman's death. JR WAS Dallas. Without him, I don't think the show can go on much longer... it's just a bunch of pretty people bickering, and none of them are as charismatic as Hagman.

CBS: I only watched Elementary and the Big Bang Theory, and both started slow but became awesome. I'd say it's strong.

CW: Arrow was AWESOME, and yet Supernatural, my FAVORITE show, was a bit of a mess. The damn Sam Flashbacks of the first 9 episodes made season 8 SUCKED, but once Amelia was kicked to the curb, it got interesting. Too bad Benny, an interesting new character, ended up being wasted. And Meg... ohhhh, Meg...

NBC: Law and Order: SVU actually improved now that Stabler the Cowboy Cop is gone and the new blood is actually given some character development, but the season finale REEKED of predictability. It's most likely Olivia will get raped and bear the rapists child just like her mom, and I gotta admit, if that happens, it'll be the first time Benson actually gets permanent character development, something she hasn't gotten since the end of season 1.

Fox: The worst. Idol sucked, and Bones, once one of my favorite show, has become a shadow of its former self. The most egregious crime is that the Big Bad, who just isn't interesting, is still out there FOR A THIRD SEASON! Gormagon, Gravedigger, Sniper Guy all were one season wonders. They came in, caused troube, and got caught/killed by the end of the season. Hacker Guy has really overstayed his welcome, and I wish Booth would just bust Sniper Guy out to kill Hacker Guy off.
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You better say you'll do season 2 of Banshee, Cory--they're down to poop jokes. Don't go down there, there's also some slinging involved and it ain't pretty...
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I'm jumping upon the bandwagon with my friends: Corey, will y'all please review S02 of Banshee?!!!
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Room for me, gang? Vicki ridiculously told me that I should give Banshee a try through episode three, but she is wrong. Episode ONE got me convinced and I also think Cory should do the honors for season two. How 'bout it Cory? You like "the good stuff"...
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But I shal Be Back (yes Shwarzie has nothing on me) with :
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Before I go to sleep for a six or seven hours and leave the rest for my partners in crime :
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Can someone please name the show that has a hulk size albino bad guy in it.
I forget the name
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Ill have to jump on this Banshee bandwagon. Its got a great story with straight up badass main characters male and female. The fight scenes are the best on TV, so good that some almost push the bounds into uncomfortable to watch.
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Gratuitous sex and violence is okay if it's well done and there's a reason for it. I love this show right out of the gate but I don't marathon, I like to chew my food if it's good--And Banshee is delicious, prime rib with all the trimmings and some chocolate soufflé for desert. WHO"S GOING BERSERK???
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Watching too much Hannibal. haven't you?
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No, I just really really like prime rib and chocolate soufflé doesn't piss me off much either...
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Me and you, buddy. Prime rib rare is the best, the more blood the better,
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plus the gratuitous nudity helps;-)
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Maybe you...
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I find nothing wrong with beautiful naked bodies or tasteful (subjective) erotic scenes. The news shows dead bodies/war but show a freaking nipple and so many people go "crazy" mad. It doesn't make sense to me
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Yes, the NUDITY is hot in a show called :
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I thought the mention of nudity would get DavidJackson8 here!
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Hey hey hey. It's not like I'm some sort of sex-craved pervert who ---

--- No, you're right. Mentioning nudity is like my bat-signal. The nudity made me come (phrasing!).
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I know yoi did not take my suggestion seriously, Cory, so here is a reminder of things to come. WA HAHAHAHA hahahahaha ( again the echo):
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Now that we are celebrating the assassination of JFK, you wouldn't refuse to review BANSHEE's second season as you would do it for the people (us), by the peole (you).You wouldn't want us to call you, cory, something like brrrrr (chills down your spine)......unpatriot?
so how about it, be a true American and say: yes, I shall review the second season of Cinemax's
BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!
PS: Cory, you know I can do that all day, so if you can't fight us, join us for Resistance Is Futile.
WA HAHAHAHA hahahahaha ( yes there is an echo).
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".You wouldn't want us to call you, cory, something like brrrrr (chills down your spine)......unpatriot?" OR RACIST.

Is the reason Cory is not reviewing Banshee because the leading man is from New Zealand.
Why does he hate the Kiwi's

New Zealand has done so much for society, such as -

The Lord of the Rings trilogy - all 3 filmed there

They invented the child proof pill bottle

It has 50% of all international trade in Lamb - who doesn't love fluffy little lambs? what sort of sick individual hates lambs?

er.... i am sure there are many more ways that New Zealand has contributed to the world

So Cory, prove you are not a racist towards the noble people of New Zealand and pledge to review season 2 of Banshee
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Don't forget, Peter Jackson also brought us "Bad Taste" so I will always love Kiwis (New Zealanders...sounds like Highlanders! so they have to be bad ass)
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You guys are relentless. Vicky started this, I bet--Good for her...
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She's Moriarty in disguise.
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What? Did you just turn Japanese on us there Vicky? I didn't tattle I just made a suggestion. Who's got loose lips--or fingers--now?
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no I didn't (well maybe)
loose lips sink ship
tattle tale---BAD muderboy! Bad!!!

You really don't want to get involved in a FIST fight here;-)
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lol, yours is bigger then grumpy's.....
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Flag your sweet little ass... (didn't...but I could)
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you love the power don't you;-)
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You know it, baby!!!
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the way vicky was talking about fisting in the teen wolf thread = a flag would fit easily
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price started it and then you promoted it. I just responded to a couple of your comments with some educational information. Fine, don't expand your mind just expand the other end!
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mine has more girth
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you wouldn't want to compare girth with me, believe me:
especially when I can do this:
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just stick to fists you guys!
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Seeing as this is an end of season power rankings, how come Cinemax is not on the poll.
I am sure plenty of users would vote for it as it has (deeply inhales) BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - mine is bigger than Vicky's
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I should hope so;-)
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and mine is spelled correctly
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what's its name?
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Will you review season 2 of Banshee?

BANSHEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Of course I will, thank-you-very-much. Wait what?
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will who review season 2 of Banshee?
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Cory!!!
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oops, Kerkesh say's it so much better then I:
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can you spell his name in the form of a cheerleader chant
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nope
never wore a cheerleader outfit
you cant prove it
that post is not mine...it looks like me.....and the freedom of wearing a cheerleader outfit would probably be very empowering....but no....not me.
i dont even own a purple and black cheerleader outfit with matching pom poms.
not me
nope
never confused
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"i'm not a cross dresser.....i was never confused"

I get it! You're a woman trapped in a man's body and we all know women can't be cross dressers hence the lack of confusion;-)
j/k
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its a halloween outfit...i'm not a cross dresser.....i was never confused
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next time, shave your legs! Otherwise FABULOUS job.

How many cheerleader outfits do you own?

It's weird that guys can be cross-dressers but gals can't!
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JESUS CHRIST!!! am i the only person on this thread willing to go the extra mile and wear a cheerleader outfit to encourage Cory to do a review of Banshee - this always happens to me

Fair enough
(goes off to the wardrobe, puts on a female cheerleader outfit, picks up pom poms and comes back)

READY?
give me a "C"
C
give me a "O"
O
give me a "R"
R
give me a "Y"
Y
Whats that spell?
CORY CORY CORY
And whats he gonna do for us?
REVIEW SEASON 2 OF BANSHEE. YAYYYY!!!


Of course if this doesn't work, then Vicky got me to dress up as a cheerleader, AGAIN, for no reason

This will be the 3rd time and i think i am beginning to see a pattern.
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Cheerleader? lol, I was in the "rebel" clique so I didn't learn any cheers. I do have a cheerleader outfit and pompoms but no cheers--at least not any I can say here. Maybe I can do a rap....err, no, never mind--no rap come to mind.
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Glad to see that NBC's bad rep didn't stop you from seeing where it does shine. Yeah, it gets a lot of bad rap, but it'd be a bad TV reviewer to ignore where it does good. The Voice and Football are kind of its niche... but I am so in love with Grimm right now, it's not even funny! And Hannibal is apparently fantastic. I'll be spending my summer catching up on that. And then there's Parks & Rec (thanks for returning!), and Community on the comedy side of things. Go On should have been renewed, but ah well.
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Definitely catch up on Hannibal.
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Agreed, Hannibal is amazing. But no snacking before or during. You'll understand the warning when you get into it.
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Can't be worse than Bones...
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Well, both shows go hand in hand. Hannibal eats people and Bones gets the bones. Everyone is happy, except for the food.
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Hannibal is gorey and not shy about it, but it is actually the psychological, macabre connotations that make me want to hurl, especially if they show food and the characters dining on the show, which they do pretty much every episode. Let's just say Hannibal makes me want to, if not become a full on vegan, at least claim I am when I dine at other people's homes. It is creepy and gross and really gets under my skin. I will leave it at that so as to avoid spoilage.
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But Bones is still the yuckiest thing on TV. Hate when people have been reduced to stomach contents. And they're so fucking cavalier about it...
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no comparison between the two shows. Bones is now "fluff" (but I still watch it) whereas Hannibal is a cinematographic beauty (but it has great acting and great plots/dialogue/etc...).
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How is NBC in second place? I understand why it's "number 2", but not why it's in second place. Nobody actually admits to watching anything they have and the ratings reflect that. They lost several shows, and their '13-'14 schedule is a mess. The only things they got right were keeping Community and Hannibal, and neither are ratings champs, they're just feathers for the caps. Ok, they and Sony also apparently brought Dan Harmon back to Community, that's definitely not nothing. Seth Meyers as the host of Late Night is, though.

I don't have any strong feelings right now on the nets, the upfronts ranged from "meh" to awful, very little to look forward to. The cablers don't have anything going on right now that stands out, aside from the same buzz stuff that was around all year. Sweeps ended super early, so it's really just a snorefest waiting for summer basic cable hope.
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so you like to start at a bunch of big guys bent over slapping each others bum? Cool:-)
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Whatever floats thy boat.
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Yeah, that's every pro sport now, let's stand around for way too long. You're playing a game, guys, it's not rocket science, you're going to be millionaires paid to play a game, win or lose.
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I have no problem with it except for all the standing around;-)
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Large men running into each other is very gratifying--only reality show worth watching...
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"I understand why it's "number 2", but not why it's in second place. " - i get that...... its a poop joke
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another comment I don't get;-(
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Ed McMahon's catchphrase when Johnny Carson would tell a big joke.
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Thank you for explaining--I didn't get it until you spell it out for us non-coprophiliacs
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i didnt mean to rub it in your face
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Crap-flinging. not as cool as it sounds ;+)
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you little monkey flinging your crap everywhere!
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With the win in 18-49 demo, CBS definitely deserves to be number one.
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Glad we're on the same page!
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Are we? You haven't agreed to our demands. We will not be denied--BANSHEEEEEEE--oops, one too many E's
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Upfront-wise (but also image-wise), I would have pur CW ahead of Fox.
And probably HBO at second place.
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I considered it. Fox did better in the season ratings though, so it gets the edge there.
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Now that Bunheads has been chosen as one of the winners for California Tax Credit Lottery, does that mean it's coming back for season 2. We need a reason to celebrate!!!
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I don't have any inside information, but let's say I'm hopeful. Best I can do.
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As I was reading this article, I realized that all my favorite shows (fall and summer) as well as my most anticipated shows for next fall, are spread out over all the networks, making it difficult to pick a #1.

Instead, I will focus on the best bit of info...American Idol dropping in the ratings! YEEHAW!!
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I'm not one to look at the numbers, but based on the things I watch, I totally agree with the networks ranked 1 and 2. Let's get more great programming like Person of Interest and Hannibal!
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The only channels getting any love from me right now are HBO and MTV. And Netflix. And also that's a lie because I watch all my shows (stories?) on the internet.

I suspect MTV's going to take this list by storm because Teen Wolf is the best thing on television all summer!!
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Great article, Cory! There's no denying CBS is the clear winner. Doesn't seem like that long ago that Letterman was joking about their poor schedule. But I've been around a long time, so time means nothing.
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I actually just finished reading The War for Late Night a few weeks ago; it was staggering to see so many jokes about CBS' schedule. Things have changed.
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CBS. I am an NCIS junky, not LA, the real stuff) And I have been one of the nutjobs who have been making predictions on the forums and comment sections for quite a while. Survivor is still must see tv to me, doesn't matter how it starts, something is going to happen. And Big Bang and Elementary on Thursdays made it easy to not worry that Community wasn't so good this year. And I'm a Chargers fan, so I tend to watch more AFC games than NFC, but that changes from game to game, but I start out the day with the CBS pregame show. I do record the Fox pregame and watch it in spurts, but DAN, Coach, Shannon and Boomer are great.
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My #1 vote is a tie between CBS (total domination, hi) and ABC (for Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, and Scandal, and Grey's Anatomy, if nothing else, which is already much more than from other networks)
My #2 spot would be HBO (because GOT).
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NBC has really bounced back, but they're been doing it over some time. The 13 episode shows they've had, and the fact they've stuck to airing all the episodes regardless of ratings, has helped draw viewers back. They're developing a new model that looks like it could help them, however, with interest in late night talk and comedy shows generally falling overall they can't rely upon those shows as they use to.

Cable channels like HBO may have one or two strong shows, but overall they don't have the body of shows that the broadcast networks have.
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Yeah, the good thing about having terrible ratings is that you can keep shows on the air through their run. Was happy to get all of Awake last year, and would have been happy just to get all S1 episodes of Hannibal this year. A S2 is just gravy.
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But you, um, DIDN'T get all the S1 episodes.
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unless he watched them online (torrents) like many people and I'm not talking about the stupid "clips" of the edited show but the whole show---nothing tied into the boston marathon so I don't know why it was pulled in the USA...just more bad decisions imo
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The Killing is awesome. Great season premiere. Nurse Jackie is great too.
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Indeed, it has been an interesting month to say the least. I'm not sure how I would rank the channels, but these are some of the highlights of this month IMO: CBS' (unsurprising, but still awesome) renewal of Person of Interest and a well-thought-out Fall schedule (most notably the powerhouse Tuesdays), NBC's renewal of Hannibal and bringing back Dan Harmon for Community's 5th season (though I'm still sad about Go On...), Fox's revival of 24 as a 12 episode "Event" (which will hopefully make the story a lot tighter, with much less of the filler that dragged down the series, especially the show's later years), and Netflix's revival of Arrested Development (which IMO has been great from what I've seen, although I can understand why some people may not like the changes made to the show). Also, while I don't watch Game of Thrones (though I have been reading the books, and am on the second one), I've got to give credit to the very strong ratings for that show.
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Happy that The CW moved up in the rankings. Hoping that TCD will be canceled because of its timeslot along with BATB. Agree with Corey that Nikita, Arrow, SPN and TVD had great finales. However, I disagree with ranking NBC so high up on the list since that network still sucks despite renewing Community and bringing Dan Harmon back.
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No love for The Carrie Diaries?
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Eww, no!
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Exactly my reaction.
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Anyone interested in '80's teenagers would be better off renting a stack of John Hughes movies.
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And the first 10 years of John Cusack's career; One Crazy Summer, Better Off Dead..., Say Anything + the John Hughes collection really take me back. (sniffle)
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you and me both!
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I don't watch it for the 80s stuff. I like the characters!
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Nope. None at all. Same with BATB since I still partially blame it for TSC's cancellation.
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SHameless is on Showtime, that makes it far better than most of those other channels
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As far as I think I agree with you, but one show is still not enough :)
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And Californication, and House of Lies, both awesome and totally outrageous, plus those mentioned by Corey.
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NBC over HBO? Srsly? (NBC over ANYONE? Srsly?)
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Remember, it's not just about quality of shows! HBO's shows ARE better, but NBC had a lot of stuff going on. Though I wrote this before the Red Wedding hysteria.
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I think maybe you did the rankings before watching the Red Wedding hysteria but wrote the text after watching it since you refer to it when you talk about GoT but I'm often wrong...
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But NBC had so many cancellations of high profile shows - shouldn't that drop it in the rankings
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NBC has football in prime-time, and... um... don't tell me...

They took a chainsaw to their schedule, and you see that as a good thing? Their only "original" show they have with big numbers is The Voice, which is a poor pillar to build around as the fad of reality competition shows is fading fast (American Idol down 25%, and Dancing with the People Who Have Marginal Name Recognition with the Public down to one night a week) Heck, they should learn the lesson from Fox, who coasted on Idol for years but it left them with such a poor development slate that they had to air THREE Seth MacFarlane shows. And they actually thought a show called "The Mob Doctor" would work.
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would you rank it differently if you wrote this after the Red Wedding hysteria (great word for it--hysteria, lol)?
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I might have moved HBO up one, but not above CBS.
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number 2 (number one belongs to CBS)
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NBC only has one good show Hannibal, so all there crap shows outweigh Game of Thrones?
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But it's not just about the shows; like I just said. NBC gets the buzz for the upfronts, some news items, etc.
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The biggest buzz NBC got was for UNDOING their big screwup from the year before, firing Dan Harmon.
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Well like you said you wrote this after The Red Wedding which is getting a lot of buzz
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No FX? I would have to go with them. Despite the suck fest that SOA is turning into, they still have Justified which just keeps getting better, and they scored a huge hit at least with me in The Americans, which I didn't think was going to be that good, but turned out to be fantastic. And they still have some of the great comedies airing right now in Archer and The League.

But out of this list I am going to have to go with BBC America. Orphan Black is fantastic. I would say CBS but I don't watch anything but Person of Interest.
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FX! Justified is already an epic show and The Americans was total fun!
Agree about OB
I have a HUGE, almost painful crush on Person of Interest, so me loves CBS too! -their other shows I don't watch either, though, but PoI compensates ^_^
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Yea it is great how much Person of Interest compensates for their other shows that I don't care for. It makes me wonder if CBS isn't going to try for some type of spinoff that they have a penchant doing with successful shows. I thought that is what they were going to try with Shaw. But I am really glad that they didn't and made her a permanent part of the show.
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So, for what you say, SOA is not good? Too soapy? What I hate most is shows that pretend to be otherwise but are soap operas in disguise -nothing against a good, all over the top real soup though, I am a hardcore fan of the new Dallas, too!! :) -. I watched the first season of SOA a couple of years ago and I liked. But I have enough things to watch so if it's lost charm and turned into that direction, I'll spare myself the disappointment.

Mmmm...I like Shaw, but I'm not 100% sold into the regular character thing! Mmm wait and see (And trust) ^_^
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I agree, but none of those shows are on RIGHT NOW. That's what this was about. When those shows were on, FX was at or near the top.
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confused--you mention the awesome Person of Interest and TBBT but those aren't on now...same with Survivor (the finale was weeks ago). Didn't Justified show the finale just a week or two before the POI finale?
I'm not criticizing this article or you but am confused.
I put bbca (OB just ended), HBO (GoT), and CBS (POI) at the top but FX is right up there also (Justified, SoA, Archer, The League). If I remember correctly Justified and POI finished within week of each other.....
Regardless, great article and I'm thrilled at any favorable mention of Orphan Black;-)

will you review Banshee's next season? Please!
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Well, it's about the period between the last rankings (which were like May 3) and this one. Those FX shows mentioned were already done by early May. Those CBS shows weren't. Make sense?
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If they were done before May 3rd, then yes it makes sense. Thank you for clarifying it. CBS and FX are always at the top of my list. BBCA got on it because of OB.

I like how you respect the users here enough to actually respond to some of the comments (so does MaryAnn and a few of the others but you two are the most respectful to the "fans").
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"Justified and POI finished within week of each other....."
Yes...I remember those days, full of sorrow ;_;
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Does this mean that MTV can be on the list for once since Teen Wolf is back?
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ah, fair enough. Thanks for the clarification Cory. I am looking forward to their The Bridge that is coming up soon.
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Me too. Cannot. Wait.
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That Deadline article on the overall ratings of the shows throughout the season made for an interesting read, weird that 666 got higher ratings then Nashville overall, but I imagine if 666 had aired the same amount of episodes it wouldn't have done as well.
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Isn't that nuts? 666 probably should have come back.
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NBC #2? No way. Two shows (SNF & The Voice) being so large that it dramatically skews the overall (highly flawed) Nielsen 18-49 results does not a successful network make. Fact is, NBC's schedule and programming were giant disasters this season and it doesn't look to improve much next season.
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This season I am Orphan Black all the way.So BBC America is my Rank 1.there will be many others to go with the other channels, especially GOT, so my humble voice will remain for that show.
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