Sunday, October 30, 2011

The New What I'm Watching Now (Coming Soon)

Ah yes, this thing still does exist.  Sometimes, when you get busy, you just gotta put it on the back burner.  While being so busy, I've been thinking about what to do with this column.  I'm not really sure how often I should do it, so I'm going to put a poll up, which I'm sure no one will answer.  I'll leave it up until I am ready to write the next one.  Since my last edition, some shows have already been canceled, and some others have begun.  I'm not ready to write this, today, so what I'm going to do is unveil my new ratings system, and put up the poll to find out how often you'd really like this feature to be done, in the future.  If you don't answer, I'll just continue doing it at my own whim, and we see how that's gone, so far.

As I said above, I am also going to be implementing a new ratings system, because stars systems are so boring.  Here's the new legend, for what you can expect to see in the next edition of "What I'm Watching Now".  I hope you'll like the new ratings system.

Ratings Legend:
-It terrifies me how bad this is!  Don't waste your time.
-Watch it, miss it, whatever.  Either way, I'll cry myself to sleep.
-Not good enough to like a lot, not bad enough to not watch.
-Not bad, not bad at all.  Check it out.
-Watch this.  Trust me.
-Why aren't you watching this, you terrible person?

That's the new ratings legend.  If you like it, click like below.  I like to feel like you're out there, and that you care, even if you don't.  Hopefully, I'll actually do some text to go along with it pretty soon.  Also, make sure to vote in my poll for how often you'd like to see me write about what I'm watching now.  Thanks for reading.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

GRIMM: The Premiere Ratings Verdict Is In

Last night, against game 7 of The World Series, Grimm managed to score a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demo, along with nearly 6.5 million viewers.  I predicted, in other places, earlier this week, that the premiere of Grimm would beat the ratings that Prime Suspect has been getting.  What's big about this is that Grimm did it in the Friday night TV wasteland.  The other thing that's big about it is that Chuck absolutely bombed as its lead in, only delivering a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo, and a little less than 3.5 million viewers.

This is a perfect opportunity to cancel Prime Suspect, immediately, and put Grimm in Prime Suspect's slot.  If Grimm does poorly in that slot, oh well, it's not like Prime Suspect was going to do any better.  However, based on the initial, very high (for NBC), ratings Grimm received, on Friday, there's no doubt that NBC needs to get it off that day.  NBC, you have received your out.  Take it, while you still can.  Don't kill both shows, unnecessarily.  Thanks for reading.

Friday, October 28, 2011

An Open Message To NBC

Dear NBC,

You officially have my blessing to cancel Prime Suspect.  Please don't let another episode air, if you don't want it to hit a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo.  Do you really want a police procedural with fewer than 4 million overall viewers?  No, I don't think you want that. 

Move Grimm over to that slot, starting next week.  Can it do worse than what Prime Suspect did after your failed experiment?  Does it really matter?  It's not like you think Grimm can possibly make it.  I like the idea of Grimm much better than the execution of what I saw on Prime Suspect.  Put your faith behind that show, even if it's not any good. 

All I'm really asking is that another episode of Prime Suspect does not air.  Please officially cancel Prime Suspect by next Wednesday...please.

Thanks for reading,
Chris Colley's TV Blog

Monday, October 17, 2011

Just So I Can Get It On The Record

Pan Am had more horrific ratings this week, so I am officially putting it on the clock to be canceled next.  Due to NBC's desire to save face, I don't expect them to cancel Prime Suspect until Pan Am is officially axed.  The cancellation of Prime Suspect should come right on the heels of Pan Am, something within 3 days of Pan Am's demise.

Pan Am premiere ratings:

10.85 million Overall Viewers
3.1/8 in the 18-49 demo

Pan Am most recent episode ratings:

5.89 million Overall Viewers
1.8/4 in the 18-49 demo

That should be that.  Thanks for reading.

Friday, October 14, 2011



Another One Bites The Dust In The 2011-2012 TV Season

So far, this season, we have had three major cancellations (I don't include the CW in my writings, even though ABC's brain dead marketing execs apparently think they're competition).  Those series, in order, are The Playboy Club, Free Agents, and now, Charlie's Angels, which was canceled today.  All three of these series were in bad shape out of the gate.  The Playboy Club and Free Agents got out of the gate horribly, and Charlie's Angels was just...horrible.  In order, I have predicted the series that would get canceled (I have mostly been talking about Charlie's Angels on facebook).

If there hadn't already been a bloodbath at NBC, I would say that Prime Suspect is due for immediate cancellation.  However, I'm sure there's been such embarrassment with the disaster that is their schedule, that they don't want to do more bloodletting, at the moment.  What I find interesting is that NBC has taken to ordering scripts, as opposed to episodes.  Prime Suspect and Harry's Law were given script orders, and I'm sure if NBC doesn't like the scripts they receive, that both shows will be done.  I said in a ratings follow up blog post that no police procedural with the ratings Prime Suspect has, has ever not been canceled.  The ratings were down significantly again, this week, so the countdown is on.  As much as everyone thinks Harry's Law is getting canceled, I just don't see it, yet.  It doesn't target the 18-49 demo, and it really doesn't target it, this season.  It also was beating the crap out of Charlie's Angels in overall viewers.  In the queue, behind Prime Suspect, for me, is Pan AmA Gifted Man should probably get at least some mention as being in the same boarding group of fail that includes Prime Suspect and Pan Am, but does CBS even have anything to replace it?  Maybe they should air a test pattern in that slot, and see how it does.  Terra Nova, in my opinion, is also getting canceled, but there's no chance that's happening until every episode from the first season airs.

As a brief word, I would like to say something about the CBS series How To Be A Gentleman.  This is the best new sitcom, I've seen, this season.  It's very tight, and it does have some nice laughs in it, in every episode.  No one does the "I don't get it" look better than Kevin Dillon.  He's almost like a cartoon character, the way he uses his face.  It skews much older than the popular sitcoms on CBS, and it has been moved to Saturday nights.  That means it's effectively canceled.  I think this series is probably this season's CHAOS, as a series that is probably just on the wrong network, but is good enough to stay on the air.  It probably would have done great in the ratings if CBS had given it the Two and a Half Men lead in.  Its ratings are high for sitcoms, in general, everywhere else, but on CBS, those ratings just aren't good enough to stick around.  In my first words about the series, on this blog, I labeled it as DOA in the ratings, and that certainly appears to be the case.

Whitney's ratings are also dropping like a millstone in the ocean, so unless the bleeding stops soon, you can forget about this terrible (in my opinion) series coming back for a second season.  I canceled it after the third episode, as it is so far out of my funny zone, and Whitney seems like a deranged psychotic that no one would be interested in being with.  I certainly don't want to see her half naked, doing fantasy role playing, with that gross looking dude, every week. Up All Night continues to flirt with disaster, but it has gotten significantly better than the first three episodes (all the way up to 2.75 stars for  Part of its improvement has come from Will Arnett decidedly turning himself down a notch, and he's fast becoming Christina's straight man.

I won't buy into the doom and gloom of Person of Interest and Body of Proof being in trouble, yet.  Sometimes, everyone gets so caught up in the 18-49 demo that they forget that Person of Interest has a horrible lead in, for the type of show it is.  It's led in by a very successful young skewing sitcom, and the series basically has no "hot looking" young women on it.  I can't see that CBS could have had any expectations of holding its lead in, and if they did, then they need to put down the crack pipes.  Body of Proof is a terrible show, with so much potential.  Solely because of that (the series is so alienating to its first season's viewers), it's in relatively deep trouble to get a third season, but I'm also relatively positive it will make it the whole season, even if I am relatively confident it won't get a third season.  If ever a series needed a major re-tooling, this is the one, but someone has dug in and decided this show just needed to be lit darker and needed to be funnier, or something.

Those are a few of my early thoughts on the season so far.  I hope it proves prophetic, and that you enjoyed reading it.  I'm really hoping to do a "What I'm Watching Now" soon, but not yet.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

NBC Would You Like Some Scheduling Help?

You may or may not have heard, but The Playboy Club was canceled today.  In its place, NBC is going to show reruns of Prime Suspect (terrible idea to run it counter to Hawaii Five-O) .  It would stand to reason that this is a test slot for Prime Suspect, which is also a ratings disaster.  Due to the apparent lack of understanding of how to program their shows, I've decided to give NBC a little help.  My suggestions might be crap, but hey, that fits right in with their ratings. 


Chuck or Grimm 10pm ET


SVU 10pm ET


Harry's Law 8pm ET
Up All Night 9pm ET
Whitney 9:30pm ET
Prime Suspect 10pm ET


Community 8pm ET
Parks and Recreation 8:30pm ET
The Office 9pm ET
30 Rock (when it's ready) 9:30pm ET
Parenthood 10pm ET

Are these good ideas?  I don't know, but it can't go any worse than it's already gone, this season, for NBC.  Thanks for reading.
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