TV Ratings: ‘Blackish’ a hit by holding on to most of ‘Modern Family’ audience, ‘Laura’ and ‘Red Band’ down
ABC finally realized if you put a quality family comedy behind ‘Modern Family’ it will actually do well. ‘Blackish' opened to a 3.3, and 10.8 million viewers, or 90% of the 'Modern Family's 3.7 rating (10.9 million total).
‘Red Band Society' fell to a 1.0 in week 2, 'Mysteries of Laura' is skewing old as it won 8 pm in total viewers with 9.9 million, but came in 3rd with 1.5 in the demo.
While Lorne Michaels is going to do what Lorne Michaels wants to do, it’s promising to see him make strides to bring SNL up to speed with modern America. As the show hits middle age, if it wants to keep its cool factor (and ratings) it has to stay relevant. “Weekend Update,” which is the show’s most ripe platform for news satire, certainly needed this.
Well, all right. To be frank, most of it’s not very good. Some of it’s useful, though. One of the things is, it’s made this sort of continuing-story TV — you know what I mean, House of Cards, Damages, The Killing, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, that kinda thing — the Internet and the blogs have made it possible for people to follow the stories even if they miss an episode or two. And thanks to the computer generation, they don’t really even have to do that, because you can always pull one down from iTunes or Hulu or something like that. But a lot of the actual criticism is pretty ham-fisted. I’m not just talking about reviews and stories about series that are not good. I know that the reaction on the blogs to Hostages, for instance, was [chuckles] pretty goddamn harsh! But a lot of that harsh criticism wasn’t written very well, and some of the [positive] criticism’s the same thing. But it’s been an interesting thing — you can’t, when you’re in the process of making these shows, writing a continuing series, it’s not a good thing to look at them too much, blogs and everything. Because a lot of times the speculation is very close to what you’re planning to do, and then the impulse is to say, “Oh, people have already figured this out! We have to change it!” And a lot of times, your first way of going’s your best way. Does that answer your question?
It’s also remarkable that, in only eight episodes, “True Detective” managed to piss off the Internet with its finale -– something also usually reserved for a series that has logged quite a few seasons. Yet, after Sunday’s finale, there it was: The now-commonplace complaints that a finale didn’t live up to expectations. The problem is, we’re never again going to get a so-called “great” finale. The Internet will make sure of it.
Nailed it. I truly believe I enjoyed the end of ‘True Detective’ more because I avoided reading needlessly intricate fan theories.