Sunday, November 8, 2015

Post 3108 - Just Wondering

Hi. Sunday night. I am showered, shaven and shampooed. Can you state the same?

Another weekend is nearly gone. And I cannot state that much was done today. I did make dinner for us tonight. Haddock. Patricia says that I do a very good shop preparing fish. I am not sure how true that is. I just know instinctively that one should stop cooking it as soon as one thinks there is a chance it may be done. It usually is.

We spend some time today watching stuff on the pvr, and then deciding to delete things that we had either seen or didn't want to watch. We started to watch episode 2 of Supergirl, but 12 minutes in we decided we were bored and deleted the show plus any future recording of it. The pilot was promising, but it went way down hill after that. Let me know if you think I am wrong.

I read Deadline nearly every day. It gives the latest news about film and television. The reported just now that last night's Saturday Night Live, hosted by Donald Trump had yooge ratings, the best in years. It goes back to something I have wondered about for years now. The time was, Saturday night was the most popular night for tv, sort of like what Sunday night is now. The biggest hit shows were on that evening.

Even until the very early 00's, the main networks provided new programming on Saturday nights. Until 2011 or so, Fox would broadcast "Cops" and "America's Most Wanted".

Over the decades, the networks began to abandon, even shun, Saturday nights, and increasingly it became a beachhead for repeats of stuff from earlier that week, college sports, or lame-o reality shows that were being burned off. The only exception of note has been Saturday Night Live, which continues to be a popular show even though it's now on the crappiest night for tv.

I have always wondered if this is a chicken-and-egg thing. Did the networks get poor ratings on Saturday nights because they put less original programming on; or did they put less original programming on because they were destined to get poor ratings? Meanwhile, there is SNL out there, which gets really good ratings most of the time even though it is on a night when supposedly nobody is home.

Why don't the networks try to put some newer shows on Saturday nights? The Space channel runs Doctor Who and Orphan Black and other shows on Saturday nights and clearly gets good ratings for them, or they would not broadcast them then.

I realize most of you don't care a bit about my opinion on this, and that it will engender very little comment from any of you, if it gets any at all. But, darn it all, I have wondered about this for a long time and am interested in knowing your opinion.

You guys have a good night. I will talk at ya later.


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