Advertisements I will note that I somehow had a thread with a very similar title back in 2009. Very weird. I caveat this that I know that Nielsen households determine the ratings but since the networks are not supposed to know who are nielsen households they should assume everyone is. I have been trying to DVR episodes of Revenge and I had been on the fence about seeing it. I kept hearing good things about it and finally gave in this morning to give it a go. After forcing my self to pay extra close attention to understand what was going on in the first 35 minutes of the pilot I was really into it, so I finished up the first episode and was ready to go. At this point I was ready to dive into the second episode. Only problem is my DVR gave me an alert that I did not record all of it because it ran out of space. Since this was recorded over month ago and I had same vague recollection of running out of disk space more than once, I looked and saw that I still had 47 minutes of it. I figured I would watch that and get the last few minutes elsewhere. As I get started I decide to think ahead in case I get that far and want to watch it. I have DirecTV and I knew ABC had an On-Demand channel, at least they did as of a few weeks ago. I tried to bring it up, but it did not show up for me. It just seemed to have disappear. I do not know if it was a glitch, if it is gone, if it is an ABC problem, a Directv problem, I was not going to dwell on it. Odds were they would not still have the second episode on there as networks do stupid things with on-demand content. From there I pull up ABC on my iPhone. Obviously if I had an iPad this would be really easy with the ABC app but I do not. There are no full episodes for the mobile website for Revenge, so just decide to watch the 47 minutes I have and watch the rest on the regular ABC website on my computer. I finish and I go to the ABC website and I see 6 episodes listed for viewing. I see the pilot and I see up to the recent episode, I do not know if it was last week or last night. I kept trying to play the second episode (having to sit through Lowes, Toyota and CMA commercials over and over), and skipping forward but it was never the right episode. I tried this a few times until I double checked and for some reason ABC has all the episodes on their website except the second episode. I found that mind boggling. I am aware of the horrible on-demand and website policies networks often have for their shows, but this made no sense. The pilot was there, the third, fourth, and fifth episodes were there... no second episode. I finally broke down and just downloaded a torrent to watch the end of the second episode. From there I will watch the others and catch up. Here is my problem, why is it so freaking difficult to actually become a fan of a tv show. The networks continue have this whole process arse backwards. How much money has ABC spent trying to get people to watch Revenge? I am someone who has bought on board late but will likely end up being a regular viewer who will view the show quickly but they make it a massive pain in the arse to catch up. The problem is all the networks have their issues and all are basically horrible at getting people to watch their shows. I realize they are so narrowly focused on what is airing now, but it is a stupid strategy that has caused them to fall back to where they are essentially just other channels. They shouldn't spend millions of dollars to get people to watch their shows and then do all kinds of dumb things to keep people from catching up or becoming new fans of their shows. Cable does this so much better. I know most cable series have shorter runs, but most of the shows end up being rerun multiple times and they end up with marathons of entire seasons so people can catch up and/or jump on board. I realize the networks have different restrictions but they do have the resources to allow people to do this and they either fumble it or more likely actively don't do it because they have some warped notion it impacts other revenue streams. As shows get canceled and we enter the holidays next month it is a potential chance for people to catch up on shows yet the networks will do nothing to facilitate this. Heck you can't even trust them on reruns because if they run reruns of a show from May through September who knows when they will just pre-empt an episode with something else and you are just tough luck on watching it. Bottom line is I don't understand the business where they are sweating blood to get people to watch their shows yet their audiences erode more and more every single year, yet they do not do some very simple things that would potentially allow them to keep their audience and even grow some shows. They have websites, they have on-demand, they have facilities to provide the shows to me. Sure they want me to pay $2.00 to download it on iTunes, when the day before they were BEGGING me to watch it for free. That is absurd. Yet that is the kind of short sighted thinking that rules the networks. They will not sacrifice any short term gain or goal for any medium turn or long term growth or gain. I think I have my own revenge list now, I must be going.