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We're barely halfway through and I've already got finale fatigue!

by Jason Hughes, posted May 13th 2009 7:04PM
LostDo the American people really like watching their favorite shows this way? Assuming you have more than one or two shows you enjoy following, this week is daunting to say the least and beyond exhausting. Just last night I had a three-hour finale of The Biggest Loser and that awesome Fringe finale. In the past few days we've said goodbye to The Amazing Race, The Apprentice, Cold Case, The Unit, Brothers & Sisters, The Big Bang Theory, House and Castle. And that's just on the major networks.

Over the next two days we have America's Next Top Model, Lie to Me, Lost, Bones, My Name Is Earl, Smallville, Parks & Recreation, CSI, Grey's Anatomy, Hell's Kitchen, The Office, Supernatural and even CSI: NY on a special night. And it goes on through the weekend. In an era where ratings are slipping, how can it make good business sense to put all of these finales on against one another all within a few days of each other. I know they've always done that, but I just don't think it makes sense anymore.

Those cable shows that are getting great ratings are spread throughout the year, as are their premieres and finales. If they all premiered in the same week and ended in the same week, they'd be cannibalizing each other's audiences as well. I know it's a competition, but just like nobody wants to program against American Idol, how about considering spreading out the love.

The movie industry does this successfully every weekend, strategically moving films around so as to not all face off at the same time. How annoying would it be if this Friday was the premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Terminator: Salvation, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. And imagine if the music industry dropped all of their major releases for the year on the same Tuesday?

Why force your customers to pick and choose when you have 52 weeks of programming to spread out the love and face less competition with your big events. TV fans would have more to look forward to throughout the year and more chances to sample a wider variety of your wares. But it's not a good thing when a fan like me is looking forward to next week when your shows are off the air so I can catch a breath.

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This post would have been more relevant 10 years ago. Now we have DVD, PVR (TiVo etc.), TV On Demand and downloads. Who needs to choose? Record, download, rent or buy at your leisure. That, I suppose, is a choice in itself: Download or wait until it's on DVD.

Eludium-Q36 makes a good point, and I sometimes miss that, but I'm saving so much money since I got rid of cable.

May 14 2009 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would venture a guess that most people do not watch as many shows as you do. Not everybody is a professional TV watcher.

May 14 2009 at 5:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Get a TiVo. Who is that into television but doesn't have a TiVo or some inferior cable/dish system-brand digital recorder? Seriously. It'll be weeks before I get to some of these finales. I watch shows at my own pace, not on the networks' crazy schedules. Between DVRs and Hulu, why gulp down so much TV in a few weeks? Unless you have to write about it on a web site, that is :-)

May 13 2009 at 9:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Scott's comment

But so much of enjoying a show these days means to participate in the after-show blogging and watercooler discussions at work. You cut yourself out of all that by postponing your viewing. Might be fine for you but not for those of us who are more participatory.

May 13 2009 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frantic Monkey

I think you mean "Terminator: Salvation" not Revolution.

May 13 2009 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So any official word yet on what exactly has been cancelled and what will be returning for another season? Have the networks had their 'upfronts' and 'down lows' and the like?

May 13 2009 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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