Must See TV? Ummm, no.
T: In 2002, Friends averaged 24.5 million viewers on NBC’s Thursday nights. Now one of their comedies is lucky to get over 3 million. And Rock Center is about to fall below a million. Oh, how the mighty fell. And oh, how sad. Thanks Jeff Fucker. Oh, Zucker. And Bob Greenblatt is doing nothing about it. Just sad.
Yes. It is most definitely a different time for Broadcast. But a loss of over 21 million viewers in a decade is astonishing. NBC is trying for a comeback with The Voice (puke). It won’t last. These singing competition shows are fading (at least for now). They need to clean executive house and get someone in there that wasn’t part of Showtime if they want to remain a Broadcast net. I don’t think it’s beyond the realm of possibility that the Net could cease to exist as it is.
Yes. I know. They just won their first 18-49 ratings for September in 10 years. But it was all on the fading Voice's shoulders. And again, I go back to that comparison of a Friends led Thursday to today’s. Drastic.
There are little gems on NBC. The New Normal has come into its own, despite Ryan (asshole) Murphy. Parks and Recreation is the second best sitcom on TV. But…that’s it. (OK, Grimm is so-so.) That’s seriously it!
Oust Greenblatt promptly, Comcast. Get someone back in here that can actually make a difference. If you care. And it doesn’t seem like you do.
M: So we spoke about this. Yeah - you are singling out NBC. ALL the broadcast networks have dropped. The Voice is still better than Idol or X Factor, because at least the contestants can sing. I hope NBC continues to cultivate their critically (and MauilovesChachi) acclaimed shows, despite ratings. If you don’t stand for something, you stand for nothing, and all that. They have stuck by Parenthood & that says a lot. 30 Rock is awesome - you’re wrong.