SHOCKER! NYT Surprised 'Modern Family' Hit Ratings Low In Week 31 – Just Like It Did Last Year!

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April 23rd, 2012

You can always count on Bill Carter at the New York Times to be surprised by numbers that aren't a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention to them.

Yesterday's article is no different. In it he's surprised by ratings declines in the Spring!

In the last few weeks, new viewership lows for network series have been recorded nightly among 18- to 49-year-olds, the group that still commands the highest advertising prices.

The declines have not discriminated. The bad news has been the same for hits, like ABC’s “Modern Family,” which had its lowest rating for the season (4.0 or about 5.2 million viewers)

NYT Newsflash! Modern Family hits adults 18-49 season low* in week 31!

Alert for those paying attention! Modern Family hit a season low in week 31 last season as well!

And this season's low (4.1 rating) was higher than last season's low (3.8), but that doesn't fit the nonsense narrative that Carter's pitching ("mysterious" decline in broadcast viewership, unfounded speculation as to why) so it's conveniently omitted!

Here's a helpful guide to readers (& NYT writers):

Now you can be a veritable TV Ratings Indiana Jones in unraveling the mysteries before the New York Times!

Update: Joe Flint does better research on the history of Bill Carter being "surprised" than I do.

* Not counting the Wednesday Thanksgiving Eve show which is designated as a "special" and is typically the lowest rated episode of ABC's Wednesday shows each season. Next December NYT headline preview: Third Wednesday In November Sees Mysterious Decline In ABC Ratings! What's Going On?

 
  • GARebelman

    Tell us how you REALLY feel about Bill :D

  • zerg

    Next December NYT headline preview: Third Wednesday In November Sees Mysterious Decline In ABC Ratings! What’s Going On?

    Enough to say …

  • john

    Bill, do you hate NYT or is just a personal thing with Mr. Carter? xD Shame on him BTW

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Bill, do you hate NYT or is just a personal thing with Mr. Carter? xD Shame on him BTW”

    The NYT is fine, Carter’s a never-ending source of stuff like this, but if the headline was “Bill Carter Surprised…” 99.99999% of people that saw it would wonder “Who?”.

  • DGH

    I can say the quality is down this year thats a given.

  • Simon

    WTF’s he on? Any word on last nights ratings/friday finals Bill?

  • HB

    MF hasn’t been good lately so the ratings had to be low!

  • Chuck_T

    I do like his books on late night TV though. The Late Shift was pretty awesome and revealing.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    @HB Bill Carter?

    MF is still the best comedy on TV.

  • Regulus

    The One-Percenters who own Hollywood REFUSE

  • Regulus

    The One-Percenters who own Hollywood REFUSE to spend money for quality Programming, now they are reaping what they have sowed.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The One-Percenters who own Hollywood REFUSE to spend money for quality Programming, now they are reaping what they have sowed.”

    Huh?

    On second thought, get in touch with Bill Carter, stat!

  • JeffinChicago

    Geez, gloating makes you look really, really small, Mr. Gorman. “I know you are but what am I?”

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    LOL’d HARD @Regulus

    Wow you’re an idiot.

  • HB

    @HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Yes it is still the BEST but it hasn’t been up to its OWN standards

  • Brian J

    I was thinking of picking up his books on the late night wars and any others that he had written (along with Warren Littlefield’s new book), but should I reconsider that?

  • One

    Worth noting that Modern Family Turkey Day special pulled a 4.6 this year. How’s that for “Spring owns Turkey Day”?

  • brutony

    Bill Carters a big lib, anyways, but what really gets me mad is-this clown gets PAID to write garbage like this? How can I get a gig like that, at the NY Slimes, which is quickly going out of business?

  • Ben

    NYT sucks in general

  • TomKH

    Did the huge drops in March-April-May that we’ve seen in the past few years also happened 5, 10, 20 years ago? Did ER and Friends dropped over 25% in the Spring of 1997?

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