It's nothing new, but it's growing more disturbing every day.
Donald Trump has been really good for MSNBC's ratings.
We reported on the new Netflix rating system—thumbs up/thumbs down instead of a star rating system—earlier this week. It didn't take long for those who were huge fans of the original five-star rating system to take to the Internet to express their displeasure. (PS - I'm totally one of those people!)
Not everybody wanted to watch President Trump announce his Supreme Court pick last night. Instead, plenty of TV viewers took that opportunity to check out the superhero fare over at The CW, resulting in The Flash getting a well-deserved boost.
Deadpool recently received an "R" rating from the MPAA. This prompted comics writer Grace Randolph to take to her YouTube show Behind the Trailer to argue for a PG-13 cut of the upcoming Deadpool movie, based on a letter she received from a viewer whose son was arguing for the privilege. Randolph has even started a petition so that parents who want to help make this happen can join forces. You can check out her thorough argument in the video after the jump.
The ratings for last night's Supergirl premiere were, fittingly, very super.
In If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It news, there's a rumor coming out of the Whoniverse that Doctor Who may be getting a "Sherlock-style makeover" to fight slumping ratings in the current season.
*Stirs the shit*
You deserve everything you get, True Blood and elderly Ted.
My chimis are not very changa about this.
Hey, remember how excited everyone was at the beginning of the weekend that a Deadpool movie is finally and officially in the works? Because there's a pretty good chance that it's not going to be the raucous, gore-filled, obscenity-laced film you're hoping for exactly.
It is known
HBO's Game of Thrones
has been getting a lot of press online lately, for good
(or just bad bad
). Executive producers David Benioff
and Dan Weiss
aren't really hearing it though. They've got more important things to do, like run a hit show with ever-growing ratings.
And All Was Right With the World
The BBC's Sherlock
finally returned to (UK) television screens last night, after a painful two-year-long hiatus. Despite essentially being the Amy Pond of fandoms, Sherlockians proved that they were still as dedicated as ever to the Cumberbatch/Freeman cause by giving the show its highest ratings of all time for The Empty Hearse
The Boob Tube
Even die-hard Community
fans weren't feeling optimistic about this spring's season of Community
, which lacks the guiding hand of Dan Harmon
after his firing and was pushed back from an October premiere date at the last minute.
Which is precisely why the show's Halloween episode "Paranormal Parentage" aired last night, on Valentine's Day.
Looks like people were really craving some zombie action. The midseason premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead
drew in huge viewership on Sunday despite airing at the same time as the Grammy Awards and Downton Abbey
The habit of live tweeting television shows can be a fun way to make the viewing experience more interactive, and to annoy your friends who aren't watching the same thing as you. Now Twitter and Nielsen are teaming up to provide the "Nielsen Twitter TV Rating" for television shows based on how much people are tweeting about them. The joint venture was announced today and is expected to launch in time for the Fall 2013 season, so we all have less than a year to really perfect our banal TV-watching tweets.
We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty
It Came From Outer Space
There's a good part of me that wishes that somehow I could watch Prometheus
and have it all be like this picture or even this picture
and still get the experience of watching Prometheus
. Instead, I'm going to wait for the home video release, probably have a drink beforehand, and keep my finger on the pause button. Because I actually do
want to watch Prometheus
, as it was cut.
There's an interesting story out from the LA Times, however, that's about one pretty significant cut that Ridley Scott
was asked to make from Prometheus
, apparently the only thing in the movie that stood between it and a PG-13 rating instead of the box-office killing R. If you've already seen the movie, you've probably already guessed which one it is, and if you haven't... well, HUGE SPOILERS
This week marked the return of NBC
's cult favorite Community
back to the airwaves, and man alive
, did it come back strong. Three months after being removed from the network's mid-season lineup -- and following several denials that the show was in danger of being canceled -- did Community
finally deliver the ratings that the suits at NBC were looking for? As in, fourth-season-worthy ratings?
Well, this is certainly good news for zombie fans: after its mid-season finale this past Sunday, AMC
's The Walking Dead
was named cable's top-rated scripted drama
, pulling in 6.6 million viewers in the crucial 18-49 age demographic. The episode, entitled "Pretty Much Dead Already," got almost as many viewers as the second season premiere (7.26 million
). Still, a good showing, and good news for the third season, even though that was already happening anyway!
Last night was the series finale of FlashForward
, though many people, myself included, hoped the series would be renewed for another season. Meanwhile, ABC's other sci-fi series with Lost
-fan appeal, V
, has been signed on to come back. At first glance, this struck me as very much the wrong move, but the Internet is full of evidence defending ABC's decision, or at least explaining it. Some of it seems founded, some not, and some of it really seems like it should be irrelevant altogether.
The way I see it, this boils down to four categories: