TV Fan Excuse Bingo: Now, Make Your Own Card Instantly!

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October 3rd, 2012


With the start of the 2012-13 broadcast television season, so too starts the 2012-13 Fan Excuse Bingo season where our readers can peruse our comments section and play along!

Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll in mid-September. The results of that poll are incorporated in the new bingo card above.

However, this season we have an exciting addition. Thanks to commenter Fred (who found a persistent bingo card generator online), you can generate your very own individual bingo card here with all of the suggested options that were in the poll as potential squares.

I think that opens up the possibility of actually playing Fan Excuse Bingo with an overnight post's comments with every player having their own unique card.

Of course, there is the potential for self dealing for the "over enthusiastic" who'll slip in that one comment needed for a BINGO, so I'm interested in how folks might structure such a game. Leave your ideas in the comments.

Get playing!

 
  • Justin121

    It’s too male skewing for ABC!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Justin121, the beauty of the new automatic card generator is that I can add as many excuses as we want, whenever we want!

  • psychic

    I pity the poor show who applies to ALL these excuses at once.

  • iggy

    The ads sucked!

  • psychic

    “It’s too intelligent for today’s TV watchers.”
    That’s one I see all too often.

  • Dan S

    Actually quite often some of these excuses are valid. Particularly the wrong day & time like the Last Resort. Scheduling can help or break a show & yes another bingo excuse is the network keeps moving it. You need a scorecard sometimes to keep track of where a show has gone like Rules Of Engagement.

  • Ben

    A) “It would have worked better on Cable, where they can show more mature subject matter and use language that Basic network censors do not allow; and where the ratings don’t have to be as high”.
    That’s an excuse that people have used, such as last year’s Playboy Club on NBC.
    B) “It had a lousy pilot episode, but, it improved as more episodes aired”.

  • KS

    No one watches TV online anymore.

    I partly agree with this. Not everyone, especially young people tend to watch the shows online. I am 19, and it’s been months I switched on my television for any purpose. I depend on internet for almost everything.

  • KS

    I miss edit button!

    No one watches TV ‘Live’ anymore

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Actually quite often some of these excuses are valid. Particularly the wrong day & time like the Last Resort. Scheduling can help or break a show & yes another bingo excuse is the network keeps moving it. You need a scorecard sometimes to keep track of where a show has gone like Rules Of Engagement.”

    The validity isn’t the issue, it’s whether it matters to the future of the show. None of the excuses matter.

    After relative ratings, and potential syndication economics, we’ve seen that nothing else matters very much to the future of a show.

    All these whines are indeed just excuses that will have no effect.

  • Daniel

    I see “TV by the Numbers killed it!” is in the usual free space, so I guess you consider that the universal excuse?

  • Justin121

    @Bill Gorman, to be honest, I never got the Fan Excuse Bingo card :D

    Is it a real game? Can we play it on this site or on the link provided?

  • Sebastian

    Can we start with The Mob Doctor?

    We only have a couple of days to play left on that show, it’ll be gone before the end of next week :D

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Is it a real game? Can we play it on this site or on the link provided?”

    Before now, it wasn’t really possible to play *against* other players, since everybody had the same card.

    But now, if you click the link in the post, the card that is generated for you is completely unique. (click it more than once to see). And that opens the potential to play *against* other readers. Whether that’s fun and interesting is another matter, but I’ll probably at least try it.

    “I see “TV by the Numbers killed it!” is in the usual free space, so I guess you consider that the universal excuse?”

    Not the universal one, but certainly the most fun. And in previous cards the center square was simply “TVbytheNumbers.com” now we get specific!

  • brutony

    “Its being killed by TWO ratings juggernauts”

    Last Resort, Thur @ 8, is being shown in a notoriously bad timeslot for ABC, by not one, but TWO big hits-X-Factor AND TBBT/TAAHM! Hows it expect to topple those two? Once again, ABC puts on a pretty good show, in an immpossible spot, in an unwinnable situation!

    They better move it, soon, or else the best new show, so far, will be DOA!

  • john

    Is, “everyone I know watches it” really a square? Unless that person knows 3-5 million people then that’s not a valid excuse lol.

  • Dan

    John – it’s the inverse of the more common complaint about popular shows like NCIS and 2 and a half men. “no one I know watches that! how did it get such high numbers?”

    it’s a claim that the sample Nielson has can’t be representative of the nation because the person’s small social circle (which is a self-selected section of like minded people) doesn’t match the survey results.

  • Riff Rafferty

    Where’s the TBTN Writer Excuse Bingo? Here, I’ll get the ball rolling.

    * Total viewers don’t matter.
    * HH ratings don’t matter.
    * Retention doesn’t matter.
    * Ancillary doesn’t matter.
    * Being a stable performer doesn’t matter.
    * 18-49 is the only thing that matters.
    * Networks love it when a show blows half of its lead-in.
    * Networks hate it when a show grows by 50% on its lead-in.
    * It is bad when a replacement show improves its time period from the previous occupant.
    * DVR gains are for PR bragging purposes.
    * The 25-54 demo is a myth.
    * Shows only stay on CBS because of their 18-49 rating.
    * There is no such thing as network politics.
    * Network execs’ personal tastes never help determine what stays on the air and what doesn’t, no matter how much they LOOOVE! their shows to death.
    * This number is bigger than that number so this show will return over that one.

    Feel free to add your own.

  • Joseph

    Some other possibilities:

    * (For a show airing on Sundays, Mondays, or Thursdays during the Fall): “Keep it—The ratings will go up after the NFL season”.

    * “It needs at least four seasons so it’s reruns can be syndicated”.

    * “In many key markets, it went up against a big local baseball/hockey/basketball telecast”.

    * “The network pre-empts it too often so it can’t build an audience”.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Riffster, I think you’ve got something there! Go with it!

    BTW, I’m still waiting for RiffRafferty.com. What’s keeping you? With as much as you write here, think about how many more people you could enlighten on your own site!

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