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    Jamie Wotton writes for Bleeding Cool

    Deception premiered on Monday. It's NBC?s new one-word-soap-like-Revenge, and it didn?t do too badly, hitting a 2.0. Without a strong lead-in from The Voice, that?s not too shabby. Castle strutted back to the air with a 1.9.

    On Tuesday, NBC continued to be one of the more fascinating networks to talk about ? with Betty White?s Off Their Rockers scoring a 1.5, a number which is apparently low for the series. Seriously, who knew that even while NBC have shows nobody watches, they still have shows people watch?

    Losing The Voice as a lead-in meant damage for Go On and The New Normal as the night carried on, however. Goon and The New Normal managed series lows at 1.5 and 1.3, respectively.

    Recently, FOX head Kevin Reilly was speaking about his past Fall, and FOX's literal fall from rating greatness, with the failure of The X-Factor among other things. One of his bigger disappointments this year was his bloc of Tuesday comedies. He said he didn't protect New Girl enough, and although he loves and believes in the shows, they just aren't doing the necessary highs.

    A smart, realistic guy, and sadly, those hard truths continue to apply into this year as New Girl, Ben And Kate and the rest return. Raising Hope started off the night with a 1.7, then Ben And Kate with a 1.3, New Girl at 9PM hit a 2.0 and we ended with a low 1.5 forThe Mindy Project. I'm fairly sure only New Girl and Raising Hope will make it through the year.

    Wednesday was fairly standard all around, with Modern Family leading the night on a 4.7. Family's lead-out, Suburgatory, amusingly did better than the People's Choice Awards over on CBS. It's funny how bored people are of award ceremonies now - they used to be the definition of water-cooler talk, now with how audiences have splintered, people just don't watch.

    And just wait, the Oscars will come up with its highest ever numbers now...

    I've not watched the show, but on Thursday, it's remarkable how Shonda Rhimes's almost-cancelled political soap Scandalhas blossomed into a genuine hit. It returned to a series high of 2.8. That really does show how patience can pay off.

    Scandal wasn't the only show to have record numbers though - a little multi-cam called The Big Bang Theory met its highest ever rating at 6.3 and 19 million viewers.

    NBC's new political comedy 1600 Penn has seemingly premiered a bunch of times, but now in its regular rotation, it scored a 1.6. Not awful, but it's not the blockbuster Thursday comedy they have been after, either.

    On Friday, Fringe's penultimate ever episode scored a 0.8. End times are freaking nigh, guys.

    I?ll see you all next week, with more numbers, speculation and excitement. Ifthere?s something more fun than TV ratings, I don?t want to know it.

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    Can we stop the media created BS around viewing blocs and lead-in's and shows protecting other shows...honestly, talk to anyone under 60, do they turn to channel 6 because something good is on at 8 and then leave the remote alone for five hours? I don't know a single person who watches tv this way. It's an old media trope from the days of 7 channels and no internet. In 2013 nobody cares about NBC or CBS...I watch Big Bang every week and have no idea what network it's on...if I had to guess...CBS...and I don't know because the network brand is meaningless in 2013...just as it's meaningless what's on before Big Bang or after Big Bang. I am not going to stick around just because...not with a zillion entertainment options available.

    PS If my life was on the line I'd lose if the question was "what airs after Big Bang Theory"...I watch it every week...zero idea of what network it is on or what is on before or after it airs. In 2013 that is the norm.

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    Of course Big Bang Theory got its biggest-ever ratings for that episode - and it's thanks in part to sites like this. The 'Where no girl has gone before' advert was bait, pure and simple, and as a result the show had more publicity than it's done in years. 'Grats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGH View Post
    Can we stop the media created BS around viewing blocs and lead-in's and shows protecting other shows...honestly, talk to anyone under 60, do they turn to channel 6 because something good is on at 8 and then leave the remote alone for five hours? I don't know a single person who watches tv this way. It's an old media trope from the days of 7 channels and no internet. In 2013 nobody cares about NBC or CBS...I watch Big Bang every week and have no idea what network it's on...if I had to guess...CBS...and I don't know because the network brand is meaningless in 2013...just as it's meaningless what's on before Big Bang or after Big Bang. I am not going to stick around just because...not with a zillion entertainment options available.

    PS If my life was on the line I'd lose if the question was "what airs after Big Bang Theory"...I watch it every week...zero idea of what network it is on or what is on before or after it airs. In 2013 that is the norm.
    It's not a media trope. It's the way television works. There's a reason why networks air their best show after the Super Bowl. Retaining viewers isn't about retaining all or most of the viewers from the lead in. It's about retaining a certain number of viewers from one show and then making them a regular watcher of the show after it.

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