Part 1 of NBC’s Justin Bieber: All Around the World special on Wednesday night drew 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating with them oldsters in the 18-49 demo. That puts it 47 percent below what the Peacock’s recent Adele music special scored.
NBC’s Biebfest thus only bested The CW’s Top Model repeats in the pre-bedtime 8 o’clock hour, trailing shows such as Dogs in the City and ABC sitcom reruns.
EDITED TO INCLUDE THE LATEST “NEWS”: Opening the night, Part 2 of NBC’s aforementioned Justin Bieber: Around the World special drew 3.1 mil and a 0.8, down a tenth in the demo from Wednesday and putting it in fourth place ahead of only The CW’sBreaking Pointe (which gained a few eyeballs, hitting 910K). Fox’s Take Me Out (3.15 mil/1.2), meanwhile, saw gains of 20 and 9 percent.
Yes, it’s true. We actually stayed away from ironically using a cliché to present this program that enables writers to “scan your work for monitored words, clichés, and overused phrases and words.”
It seems like a great idea. An “automated tool…that scans your…work…and hightlights areas that might need closer attention.” We’re going to try it and hope some of you will too because if SmartEdit can create better writers we can finally rid the world of the Number 1 Enemy of Good Writing in the world since the Dawn of Time.
That’s right, English comp teachers. We’re talkin’ ’bout you.
Yeah, BARBARELLA. Produced/Directed by Nicolas Refn. Starring Who Knows? No network specified yet.
It doesn’t star Jane Fonda
Hippies don’t watch TV
Jane Fonda probably doesn’t even watch TV
The director is a foreigner who isn’t Roger Vadim
Jane Fonda isn’t even Jane Fonda anymore anyway
There is, however, one way to save this show:
Add visual scrumptiousness, heaps of sex, and lots of P.R. about being faithful to the original comics conception. The TV audience doesn’t give a blind angel’s wings about any of that, but blissfully ignorant fandom will step in and add at least 1 undeserved season to its life
Oh, that’s Jane Fonda in the pic above. According to her autobiography, Vadim, who directed the original BARBARELLA and micro-managed Jane Fonda both as Barbarella and as, well, Jane Fonda, created huge self-doubt issues for her that she’s only now getting over. But that look he also created for her has to have been worth it. Ask any current reality show starlet. Go ahead.
Ah, DARIA! Of course it’s back. One of the best animated shows in the history of TV. With Daria herself the progenitor of our entire population of hipster chicks. (That’s right, even before Katy Perry.)
But are new episodes coming?
Nah. Of course not. We’re talking the umpteenth reruns here because – it hurts to cast aspergions, but I can’t think of any other way to say this – no one on this show gets residuals! It’s as good as effing free!
Oh, MTV, do you remember when you broke, like, new ground? Bounded over the edge into the unknown universe of music entertainment and made us rock out?
Why hast thou forsaken us? Daddy? Why…?
EDITED TO ADD: We found this brilliant DARIA image at AnimeFlavor.Com. Which we believe is a very cool site. Even for hipsters.
FURTHER EDITED TO ADD: What? LAGUNA BEACH? THE HILLS? What kind of cretin would want to talk about, or even see, them?