We Can’t Abolish Ratings…

…But we can embargo them here on TVWriter™. And have been for awhile.

Our thinking is that what this site should be all about is creativity, with “business” info part of the mix because any realistic writer (um, is that a contradiction in terms?) knows business considerations have to be factored in when you’re trying to create art/content (don’t worry; we won’t say “product”) that has to pass the BigMedia gatekeeper hurdle.

Ratings are, obviously, part of the business, but paying too much heed to them has been the creative death of way too many writers/producers/shows. So far, TVWriter™ has refrained from going sheepishly to the slaughterhouse of the numbers game. No bandwidth or disk space for that poison, no sir. But, ever-curious, we’re wondering: Is this working for you?

If you think we’re wrong, let us know via e-mail or with a comment below.

Soap Opera Ratings Report

…Because (seriously) some of our best friends are soap writers:

Not written in Japanese

Soap Opera Ratings: ‘The Young & the Restless’ & ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Rebound; ‘Days of Our Lives’ Ties Series Lows in Women 18-49
Written By Robert Seidman

Soap Opera Ratings for the week of June 25-29, 2012

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,543,000 (+272,000/+25,000)
2. B&B 3,338,000 (+198,000/+438,000)
3. DAYS 2,329,000 (-47,000)
4. GH 2,277,000 (-145,000/+78,000)

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We think it’s interesting that Mr. Seidman gets a credit for “writing” this. And appropriate. Of course.


Like the mega-corporations always say, when it comes to business – even show business – profit is the best revenge.



Charlie Sheen’s TV show sets cable audience record

(Reuters) – Charlie Sheen may have lost a man and a half, but the bad boy actor has rebounded from last year’s television debacle with a record-setting audience for his new TV comedy.

More than 5.4 million U.S. viewers watched the debut episode of “Anger Management” on FX on Thursday night according to audience ratings data, making it was the most-watched, scripted comedy series debut in primetime cable TV history.

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So, approve of them or not, Charlie Sheen’s antics have leveraged him from mere highest-paid-star-in-TV-stardom to the dizzying realm of godlike-household-name.

Because it has to be Charlie that brought in the audience, and kept it for the length of the show. It sure wasn’t anything else about the episode. Especially not the embarrassingly milquetoast, continually backpedaling script. (Hey, we’re a writing site. Gotta comment on the words. And, speaking of words, how about that “milquetoast,” huh? When’s the last time you read that on the web?)