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TV Bigshot Blog posts for the Week Jan 14-20, 2008

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January 14th, 2008

We're now writing regular blog posts for Television Without Pity's TVBigshot game. I'd encourage anyone who's interested in television and ratings to check it out.

Here are our posts for this week:

Build Your Budget & Earn Your Points

Setting Your Line Up for January 21-27 

Agree or Disagree? Comment away!

 
  • pretzelgirl

    I agree with your assessment that holding shows which are in repeats isn't a good strategy when there are new episodes available to buy. During the holidays there was one week when only 4 new episodes were broadcast and then choosing the best repeats in order to get the timeslot bonus points made sense.

    I disagree with focusing solely on “tried and true” shows for the upcoming week, though. Certainly American Idol and some procedural shows make sense in any competitive lineup, but I would also recommend trying to predict the “breakout” shows, too. These will show up on magazine covers and generate growth points. For the upcoming week, I recommend “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” It got very positive critical and viewer responses, and now that it's ratings have dropped to around 6.2, there is some potential for growth. “Deal or No Deal” will probably win the timeslot, but “Terminator” has no competition from a scripted show and will be the likely choice for younger viewers and those who don't like reality tv. Choices like these are always a gamble, but amoung the top players, taking a gamble that others don't can be a good way to move up.

  • pretzelgirl

    I agree with your assessment that holding shows which are in repeats isn’t a good strategy when there are new episodes available to buy. During the holidays there was one week when only 4 new episodes were broadcast and then choosing the best repeats in order to get the timeslot bonus points made sense.

    I disagree with focusing solely on “tried and true” shows for the upcoming week, though. Certainly American Idol and some procedural shows make sense in any competitive lineup, but I would also recommend trying to predict the “breakout” shows, too. These will show up on magazine covers and generate growth points. For the upcoming week, I recommend “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” It got very positive critical and viewer responses, and now that it’s ratings have dropped to around 6.2, there is some potential for growth. “Deal or No Deal” will probably win the timeslot, but “Terminator” has no competition from a scripted show and will be the likely choice for younger viewers and those who don’t like reality tv. Choices like these are always a gamble, but amoung the top players, taking a gamble that others don’t can be a good way to move up.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    pretzelgirl, I think we agree more than we disagree. I think you should put as much money as you can in shows that you think will have an up week, however you evaluate the chances, and I have no monopoly on seeing the future.

    My point was that if you run out of shows that you think are headed up before you run out of money, then you need to make sure the rest of your shows are returning at least 1 point per $1 million invested.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    pretzelgirl, I think we agree more than we disagree. I think you should put as much money as you can in shows that you think will have an up week, however you evaluate the chances, and I have no monopoly on seeing the future.

    My point was that if you run out of shows that you think are headed up before you run out of money, then you need to make sure the rest of your shows are returning at least 1 point per $1 million invested.

  • http://www.discoveruu.com Aaron Sawyer

    this is lame.
    telling people what to buy and sell leaves very little left for someone to do on this game

    researching was fun
    now this is a chore to move the shows

  • http://www.discoveruu.com Aaron Sawyer

    this is lame.
    telling people what to buy and sell leaves very little left for someone to do on this game

    researching was fun
    now this is a chore to move the shows

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Aaron, I'm not sure I understand. Would you rather the information the blog gave was wrong?

    And there are two days to buy for each week, Tuesday night and Sunday night.

    While the Tuesday moves are obvious, the Sunday ones most certainly are not and our advice there is just that, advice.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Aaron, I’m not sure I understand. Would you rather the information the blog gave was wrong?

    And there are two days to buy for each week, Tuesday night and Sunday night.

    While the Tuesday moves are obvious, the Sunday ones most certainly are not and our advice there is just that, advice.

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