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Rockets Streak Ends, Jericho's Hawkins Loses Nuclear Warhead

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March 18th, 2008

"Jake, I lost the bomb. The Army's got it.  It's on its way to Cheyenne."

I believe I called that. I know, who didn't see it coming?  A million innocent people.  Will the bomb go off in Cheyenne?  Will it instead detonate somewhere where there aren't a million innocent people. Or will it not go off at all.  Since all are possibilities in the 24 playbook that is now being drawn from, it's anyone's guess.  With the possibility of next week's episode being either merely a season finale or a series finale, even nuking Jericho is in the mix.

The Houston Rockets impressive winning streak is over.  The Boston Celtics won convincingly in Houston.  The Lakers/Maverick's game was very entertaining though.  Along with the NBA, and Hawkins losing the bomb on Jericho, I did sneak a glimpse of Dancing with the Stars.  I hate to admit it but I'm getting a little sucked in.  I'm not sure if Priscilla Presley makes the case for or against Botox, but for almost 63 she can dance her butt off. 

The most amazing thing to me is Marlee Matlin, who is deaf.  Even though she can't even hear the music, she has 1000 times more rhythm than I do.  I believe her score from the judges landed her third among the women (behind Kristi Yamaguchi and Presley).  Yeah, I can't believe I'm writing about that either.

Jericho ratings in the morning...  I'll also write a response to the comment from CBS Interactive CMO Patrick Keane.  He wants combined TV and internet ratings.  So do I.  So does Nielsen.  Keane notes that one episode of Jericho would've been boosted from a 4.2 HH Rating to a 5.1 HH rating if you count the online viewing.  But, Keane doesn't note whether CSI and Two and a Half Men have more online viewing than Jericho.  And neither generate more web traffic than American Idol (at least not according to Hitwise). The thing I wonder about is the opportunity cost.  Do you give up the opportunity for a show that could do a 7 household rating or better for a show that can do a 4.2?  Even when you factor in online viewing?  More on that tomorrow.

 
  • http://www.crisscrossmania.com/jericho.shtml jerichofan12

    Would it really be an opporunity lost? CBS hasent had good numbers at 10pm on Tuesday in a long time.

    Granted 10pm is a disaster time for the show.

    I believe Jericho has held it's own very well. Yes the viewers on the tv is a little less then i thought it would be BUT… People are addicted and used to L&O ect.

    I say renew for season 3 maybe 14-16 episodes.(I love 22 but these great people can do it with a little less)

    Mid-Season/Late Season Entry

  • http://www.crisscrossmania.com/jericho.shtml jerichofan12

    Would it really be an opporunity lost? CBS hasent had good numbers at 10pm on Tuesday in a long time.

    Granted 10pm is a disaster time for the show.

    I believe Jericho has held it’s own very well. Yes the viewers on the tv is a little less then i thought it would be BUT… People are addicted and used to L&O ect.

    I say renew for season 3 maybe 14-16 episodes.(I love 22 but these great people can do it with a little less)

    Mid-Season/Late Season Entry

  • Danielle

    I want Jericho to get a thirteen episode run. Doesn't matter what network to me. They could be on the food network for all I care. I think 22 episodes may be a bit too much for the writers who tend to drag it seems when they have lots of wiggle room. 13 episodes would be equivelent to shows like The Shield, Rome, Dexter ect. All the big cable shows. Its have a little more time to develope the story line than this season did without having much room to go off track…

    …anyway, that's just my wishful, wishful thinking. Glad you are liking the show more now.

  • Danielle

    I want Jericho to get a thirteen episode run. Doesn’t matter what network to me. They could be on the food network for all I care. I think 22 episodes may be a bit too much for the writers who tend to drag it seems when they have lots of wiggle room. 13 episodes would be equivelent to shows like The Shield, Rome, Dexter ect. All the big cable shows. Its have a little more time to develope the story line than this season did without having much room to go off track…

    …anyway, that’s just my wishful, wishful thinking. Glad you are liking the show more now.

  • http://www.JerichoNet2.com MikesMom

    I'm looking forward to you elaborating on the Keane's comments at Mediaposts OMMA Conference. In addition, I am curious if the numbers are available for downloaded episodes. Where does Jericho rank as a downloaded show, and is it CBS' most downloaded show? Also, how the ad buyers are viewing the future of this counting method. Seems to me this this norm of Nielsen will only get more inaccurate as time goes on.

  • http://www.JerichoNet2.com MikesMom

    I’m looking forward to you elaborating on the Keane’s comments at Mediaposts OMMA Conference. In addition, I am curious if the numbers are available for downloaded episodes. Where does Jericho rank as a downloaded show, and is it CBS’ most downloaded show? Also, how the ad buyers are viewing the future of this counting method. Seems to me this this norm of Nielsen will only get more inaccurate as time goes on.

  • Lisa

    Notice that the end said stay tuned for Season Finale, not Series Finale.
    Is there hope???

  • Lisa

    Notice that the end said stay tuned for Season Finale, not Series Finale.
    Is there hope???

  • ponytail87

    Me too, Danielle. Although I would've liked for Jericho to remain on CBS…thereby continuing to give me a good reason to WATCH that network…I no longer care where it lands…as long as it lands SOMEWHERE. I think, personally, that it might receive a little more respect at a Sci-Fi or a USA…or an FX for that matter. Just my 2 cents.

  • ponytail87

    Me too, Danielle. Although I would’ve liked for Jericho to remain on CBS…thereby continuing to give me a good reason to WATCH that network…I no longer care where it lands…as long as it lands SOMEWHERE. I think, personally, that it might receive a little more respect at a Sci-Fi or a USA…or an FX for that matter. Just my 2 cents.

  • N2N2

    I, too, am interested to hear your comments in response to Mr. Keane. It seems like CBS is talking out both sides of its mouth – It must be Neilsens, but watch it online. ??? Makes my head spin.

    Agree also to wanting a 13 ep season but for a difference reason. With this ensemble cast, I believe the writers could keep us engaged for 22, but don’t want no steenken hiatus! As to the network, put it where ALL viewers are respected.

    In this 21st Century TV world almost all TVs have a set top box – cable or satellite – which are capable of tracking what is being watched. Count the REAL numbers; one TV = one Count because the demographics are crap that were formulated for my parents generation in the 1950s. They have NO relation to today’s marketplace and spending habits. Add to the REAL numbers the time shifted viewing, downloads and online watching and let’s see what the numbers are.

  • N2N2

    I, too, am interested to hear your comments in response to Mr. Keane. It seems like CBS is talking out both sides of its mouth – It must be Neilsens, but watch it online. ??? Makes my head spin.

    Agree also to wanting a 13 ep season but for a difference reason. With this ensemble cast, I believe the writers could keep us engaged for 22, but don’t want no steenken hiatus! As to the network, put it where ALL viewers are respected.

    In this 21st Century TV world almost all TVs have a set top box – cable or satellite – which are capable of tracking what is being watched. Count the REAL numbers; one TV = one Count because the demographics are crap that were formulated for my parents generation in the 1950s. They have NO relation to today’s marketplace and spending habits. Add to the REAL numbers the time shifted viewing, downloads and online watching and let’s see what the numbers are.

  • andrew

    Lisa, I share the same point. Last night, as I was talking to a fellow TV viewer and friend, who prefers Moonlight and American Idol over Jericho, I pointed that out. If Jericho wasn't coming back next season, or if they were at least leaving it up for consideration until the 11th hour; why was the term “Season Finale” used instead of “Series Finale?” If CBS really thought Jericho was over way before last night's episode even aired, they would've been milking the series finale in the promo trailer following the episode to lure more viewers in hopes of a spike, but they didn't do that, so I'd have to agree with you that because they didn't market it as such, there might be some hope left.

    Plus, it would be grossly unfair on CBS' part to not look at the combined ratings from all outlets before making a decision. If they can't do that, then they're complete and utter idiots.

    Finally, to Robert Seidman: Don't get sucked into the reality whirlwind! C'mon, who gives a rat's ass about whether D-List celebrities have rhythm or not?! I am a late bloomer to Jericho, but I'm so glad I've been watching because this is the only show on television that is about taking a stand and fighting for what you believe in. Are we really going to get that message via Dancing with the Stars, American Idol or some other third rate network show? No.

    As for Priscilla Presley, she looks like Death sucking on a lemon! But if that's your thing, Seidman, go ahead. I'm not so gullible. I'll stick with Jericho.

  • andrew

    Lisa, I share the same point. Last night, as I was talking to a fellow TV viewer and friend, who prefers Moonlight and American Idol over Jericho, I pointed that out. If Jericho wasn’t coming back next season, or if they were at least leaving it up for consideration until the 11th hour; why was the term “Season Finale” used instead of “Series Finale?” If CBS really thought Jericho was over way before last night’s episode even aired, they would’ve been milking the series finale in the promo trailer following the episode to lure more viewers in hopes of a spike, but they didn’t do that, so I’d have to agree with you that because they didn’t market it as such, there might be some hope left.

    Plus, it would be grossly unfair on CBS’ part to not look at the combined ratings from all outlets before making a decision. If they can’t do that, then they’re complete and utter idiots.

    Finally, to Robert Seidman: Don’t get sucked into the reality whirlwind! C’mon, who gives a rat’s ass about whether D-List celebrities have rhythm or not?! I am a late bloomer to Jericho, but I’m so glad I’ve been watching because this is the only show on television that is about taking a stand and fighting for what you believe in. Are we really going to get that message via Dancing with the Stars, American Idol or some other third rate network show? No.

    As for Priscilla Presley, she looks like Death sucking on a lemon! But if that’s your thing, Seidman, go ahead. I’m not so gullible. I’ll stick with Jericho.

  • Danielle

    Perhaps with 22 episodes, since characters are already established and all that, the show wouldn't drag quite so much as season 1 did, but I still really prefer the pacing in this seven episode arch to all of last season, even when they were at their best. I think 13 episodes would make it so the writers would have to condense things, but they'd have a little more time to truly explore the plot.

    But once again, this is just me hoping that we even *get* a third season. I have big, big doubts, even of them putting it on another network. I personally wouldn't read too much into whether they used Season or Series. They may still want to leave that door open, doesn't mean much beyond that.

    I so hope I'm wrong though.

  • Danielle

    Perhaps with 22 episodes, since characters are already established and all that, the show wouldn’t drag quite so much as season 1 did, but I still really prefer the pacing in this seven episode arch to all of last season, even when they were at their best. I think 13 episodes would make it so the writers would have to condense things, but they’d have a little more time to truly explore the plot.

    But once again, this is just me hoping that we even *get* a third season. I have big, big doubts, even of them putting it on another network. I personally wouldn’t read too much into whether they used Season or Series. They may still want to leave that door open, doesn’t mean much beyond that.

    I so hope I’m wrong though.

  • http://www.excruciatinginertia.blogspot.com David Gifford

    I appreciate your candor and passion for the game in viewing these other imposter shows. For some reason I can't watch anything but Jericho, so I salute you for your courage in being able to change channels like that. I'm yet another one of those Jericho nuts. Sure there are other things to watch but try as I might I just can't get into them, even for train wreck television. I'm glad people like you are out there to appreciate what's on besides Jericho or no one would watch those shows at all.

  • http://www.excruciatinginertia.blogspot.com David Gifford

    I appreciate your candor and passion for the game in viewing these other imposter shows. For some reason I can’t watch anything but Jericho, so I salute you for your courage in being able to change channels like that. I’m yet another one of those Jericho nuts. Sure there are other things to watch but try as I might I just can’t get into them, even for train wreck television. I’m glad people like you are out there to appreciate what’s on besides Jericho or no one would watch those shows at all.

  • http://www.JerichoNet2.com MikesMom

    Loved all your comments. I hope you are correct on all points.

  • http://www.JerichoNet2.com MikesMom

    Loved all your comments. I hope you are correct on all points.

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