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You like Army Wives. You really like it.

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 10th 2008 10:03AM
Catherine BellIsn't it interesting how in the days of waning network ratings year after year we keep getting reports of basic cable shows setting new ratings records. This time, Army Wives second season premiere set a new series high with 4.5 million viewers. I'll give kudos to Lifetime for really knowing how to support a season premiere; major networks take notes. The day before the premiere, which was this past Sunday, they marathoned the last ten episodes of the first season. They've also made the entire season available online, with ad support.

Is it because more and more of us have these channels than ever before? Or maybe we're just spreading out across the dial more than ever before? At the same time, though, there's more freedom off the network channels to show more edgy fare. Shows like The Shield and Mad Men are a bit too strong in content for the likes of ABC, and sometimes the sheer intensity and quality of the storytelling eclipses much of free TV fare. Or maybe it's just because Catherine Bell is so freaking hot ... sometimes. Seriously, sometimes she looks like that up there, and other times she looks like a boy who's been lost in the woods for a few weeks. Still, at even a 50/50 shot I think it'd be worth the chance.

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SadOldMan

I can't bring myself to watch the season premiere yet. A soldier from our little village was killed in action Sunday, leaving behind his wife and two step children. The whole town is awash in sadness and grief.
I love this show, but all of a sudden, it is just toooo real.

June 11 2008 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
purpleslog

I hope now you snobby TV critics understand one of the reasons why JAG had such ratings over the years.

June 10 2008 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thomas

For me, there is one thing missing, and the picture you've used is it.

June 10 2008 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kip

Or: cable networks will air new episodes of non-reality shows in the summer, when every other broadcast network is airing reruns.

June 10 2008 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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