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Originally posted by steveknj
But by looking at the scheduling of those shows, he just BLEW UP his agrument. For AITF, there were SIXTEEN consecutive episodes that aired from Sept until Xmas week, Then it ran for 9 of the next 10 weeks (probably pre-empted by a special of some sort). Yes the season ended earlier than I thought, but I'd be interested to know what CBS ran in that slot from March until May.
For Cheers, they ran 11 straight from Oct until Xmas week, and then 8 straight from Jan, through the end of Feb, then came back again in May for two episodes. Again, I'd be curious to see what they ran for those two month.
Notice the trend? There was none of this 3 weeks new shows, 4 weeks reruns, etc. When was the last time ANY popular show ran SIXTEEN consecutive weeks, let alone 11 straight?
I think he made his point very well. The nets only have so many shows to fill a certain time period. They can either:
1. Run them all in a row, like AITF, and be out of new eps by early March
2. Run them fairly consistently until the end of Feb and then take a two-month break, or
3. Air them a few at a time, with a week or two off every month.
#1 would never work in today's world because of May sweeps. #2 might work, but it's possible viewers won't come back for May eps if the show has been off too long. So #3 is the logical choice. You get the same number of episodes over the same length of time, and no matter which way you do it, someone is going to complain.
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