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NBC has record sweeps...and not in a good way.

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Azlen, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Mar 3, 2013 #141 of 164
    ewolfr

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    NBCUniversal is now wholly owned by Comcast. They originally started with buying a 51% stake from GE. But a couple weeks ago they bought out the rest: http://money.cnn.com/2013/02/12/news/companies/ge-comcast-nbc-universal/index.html
     
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    aadam101

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    ewolfr

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    Comcast originally had 5 years to slowly buyout the rest of GE's stake, Comcast was going to eventually own all of NBCUniveral anyway. They simply decided to accelerate the process and take it over now instead. Maybe the interest rates being so low allowed them to get the money they needed from the banks, I honestly have no idea.
     
  4. Mar 3, 2013 #144 of 164
    Johncv

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    YES, I want a Revolution against the Rebloodican House…:mad:

    The problem with the networks ABC, CBS, NBC and to some extent PBS is that they need to conform to the community decency act and are at a disadvantage when trying to compete with TNT, AMC, USA, HBO, Showtime and “other” cable networks. NBC just cannot air a show like “Dexter” or “The Walking Dead” without being hit by a lawsuit from some “group” that find the show offensive and think that nobody should be allow to view it.
     
  5. Mar 3, 2013 #145 of 164
    wmcbrine

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    CBS did air "Dexter" a while back. Censored, but still.
     
  6. Mar 4, 2013 #146 of 164
    That Don Guy

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    Strange - the primary reason KRON in San Francisco lost its NBC affiliation (and, as a result, a significant part of northern California that uses antennas for local channels can't get NBC) was because it had a habit of pre-empting NBC shows and showing local programs in its place. (Okay, the primary offender was baseball - I think it was Oakland A's games at the time - but it was also little things, like showing old movies on Saturday afternoons in place of the third rounds of non-major golf tournaments. There was also the time that a baseball game caused NBC's coverage of an Olympic Track & Field Trials to be moved to midnight-to-4 AM.)
     
  7. Mar 4, 2013 #147 of 164
    DevdogAZ

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    If you read the article about the Cleveland preemption, it says they do this a couple times a year, not on a regular basis. And notice that they didn't preempt any new programming (except 1600 Penn, which nobody cares about). They waited until sweeps was over and until after Community had aired its new episode.
     
  8. Mar 4, 2013 #148 of 164
    Azlen

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    NBC had hopes that Celebrity Apprentice would help them out a bit. Nope. It had a 1.6 demo rating with a total audience of 5 million. A Family Guy rerun won the hour in the demo with a 1.9. People are obviously watching more cable TV than broadcast TV on Sunday nights because the highest rated show on the broadcast nets was Amazing Race with a 2.4.
     
  9. Mar 4, 2013 #149 of 164
    Inundated

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    There's a certain amount of preemption allowed in a standard network contract with its affiliate. WKYC doesn't dump NBC very often. A couple or three times a year for stuff like this - as noted, outside of sweeps.

    WKYC is also the OTA affiliate for Cleveland Indians baseball, but that was 20 games a year at most. It's less than a half dozen games this year.
     
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    aadam101

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    Actually it said that they didn't realize 1600 Penn was a new episode. It says a lot about the state of the programming on NBC when even the affiliates don't care enough about the programming to know what is airing.
     
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    Johncv

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    CBS also, received complaints for airing a censored version of “Dexter”. My point is that CBS should be able to air an uncensored version of “Dexter”. CBS and NBC are at a disadvantage when they have product shows with one set of rules while TNT, USA, FX, and HBO can use another set of rules.
     
  12. Mar 4, 2013 #152 of 164
    DevdogAZ

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    Talk to the FCC. CBS, NBC, and other broadcast networks are subject to different rules because their content is available for free over the air, while stuff on cable is subject to less-stringent rules because one has to actively pay for a subscription to receive those channels, and thus, one should be aware that actively subscribing to the content makes it pretty much impossible to "accidentally" stumble across something objectionable that shouldn't have been there.
     
  13. Mar 4, 2013 #153 of 164
    Azlen

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    The History Channel hit big last night with "The Bible". That's something the broadcast nets could have shown without complaints from the usual groups.
     
  14. Mar 4, 2013 #154 of 164
    aadam101

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    HA! That would have spawned a whole bunch of different groups complaining.
     
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    robojerk

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    The Bible
    HBO should do a series on that!!!
     
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    jsmeeker

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    indeed.
     
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    mattack

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    [Citation needed]

    I honestly don't know either, so will pass this off as "I thought".. I thought the reason was because KRON was playing hardball with NBC for the renewal, thinking NBC would give in on whatever demands they wanted (and/or buy KRON).. But instead, they bought KNTV & made it an O&O.
     
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    mattack

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    "The Following" is pretty gruesome.

    Cable is not subject to ANY rules. They willingly follow OTA-like rules, at least for basic/extended basic cable channels. The various FCC rules ("7 words you can't say on TV") do not apply to cable. Though the loosening of cable I think is why OTA rules are being loosened (d*bag is common OTA now, and the 'd word' showed up on something last night, I think The Apprentice).
     
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    wmcbrine

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    I'd have minded it less on NBC than on History. Because, you know... not history.

    A ******bag shows up on every episode of The Apprentice.
     
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    Inundated

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    I believe your version is basically how it happened.
     

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