Sunday, August 5, 2007
Long Way To Jericho
Open Letter To CBS:
There is disturbing news in the Jericho Universe today and I hope you, CBS, are already aware of the problem. If not, please keep reading.
First, let's talk pre-emptions. There have been three in the past three weeks. Do you know that one of your affiliates aired an Infomercial last night instead of Jericho? How does Nielsen rate that when you're not given the chance to choose to watch Jericho?
Here's the complaint I found on the CBS message board this morning:
" WXVT Greenville, MS said CBS had pre-empted show with Time-Life Infomercial....???? Did CBS pre-empt Jericho, or is the station lying? Can they do this? Can they arbitrarily show something else other than what CBS sends out? How can we get Jericho????? shown in our area? This show is supposed to be Prime Time...not some stupid informercial!!!"
***How about it, CBS? Did you know? Where are the numbers from Greenville for Jericho? More viewers who can't be counted because they were excluded.***
I decided to do a little digging for myself. Oh, no Jericho next week because it's being pre-empted by football. Oops, here comes another pre-emption on August 24th for football. What would you like me to tell the new viewers I've lined up for you? Too bad you didn't take the opportunity last night to announce the change in schedule. You think new viewers will consider that to be an example of "CBS Cares"? I don't think so.
Here's another fan comment from the message board:
"This is getting ridiculous. Did we save this show only for CBS to run back into the ground. I recruited 4 or 5 new people to watch the show and then CBS just skips half of last season. WHAT ARE THEY DOING. Besides making my blood pressure shoot up. Good thing CBS is on the stock market, because with management like that they would go out of business."
"I've noticed after the last two episodes there were no previews for the next week.
Has anyone else noticed this or is it possible that my local affiliate is not showing the preview?
It seems to me that it would go a long way to let people know what is going on next week and also to let people know that there will be another episode. Especially for those who are new to the show."
How about this one?
"I keep seeing these threads every week including tonight where people are saying that Jericho is suddenly preempted in their areas and replaced with different shows or sports on TV at the last minute when it was originally scheduled to be on..."
" My concern is, if the local CBS affiliates in different areas are doing this every week at the last minute without warning, how can it NOT have a bad effect on the ratings. If it is not broadcast in several areas where there are several thousands or even millions of people who planned to watch it, then they can’t watch because it is not on, obviously has to cut down on the number of viewers in the ratings. Could it be that is why Jericho is not performing well in the ratings the last few weeks, because millions of people can’t watch it."
Finally, here's a good one:
" I do think this will affect the ratings and I can't understand CBS's thought process. Airing the pilot, and then skipping episodes 2-11, airing 12, skipping 13, airing 14-17, skipping 18, and I'm only assuming they will broadcast episodes 19-23 in order. The post from Nina Tassler said "we have a long way to go", meaning the ratings, implying it is up to the fans only to get better ratings. At first I did believe this, but now I feel CBS is not committed to Jericho. How does CBS think the ratings will improve if they only air episodes out of order and not continously? I would think new fans are very confused. Ms. Tassler, I think you and CBS have "a long way to go" in maintaining your integrity with the fans!"
** Nina, we do appreciate all you've done but you asked us to get new viewers, which we've done, then you shoot us in the foot. We were worried about the Nielsen's only to realize we still have to worry about CBS.**
Interesting article from The Museum of Broadcast Communications