A bit of hub bub while I was off last week, as Kathy Bates, the star of NBC's Harry's Law, vented publicly about not liking the fact that adults 18-49 ratings determine TV show success in broadcast primetime (and have since the 1970's), and took our very own cancellation bear to task in an EW.com article.
“Some of these people are just so stupid. I don’t even get it…. All [they] talk about is the blessed [18-49] demo this, demo that, and how the cancellation bear is gonna eat us and all that stuff. So we’ll see. We’ll just see.”
The only thing our cancellation bear likes more than devouring low rated shows is getting a public shout out from an Academy Award winner. It's better to be known, than loved!
Joining Ms. Bates in her anger over the way ad supported broadcast television works was the Executive Producer of Harry's Law, Bill D'Elia, who gave us his own shout out:
WTF is TV by the numbers? Who cares what they think? #harryslaw is most viewed scripted drama on NBC and will return.
Nobody cares what we think Mr. D'Elia.
Problem is, the folks selling the advertising at NBC think the same way we do...