After NBC’s lowest rated show still on the air, Harry’s Law, was canceled as expected, TV by the Numbers’ beloved cancellation bear wanted to wish his “friend” Kathy Bates all the best after devouring the show.
Update: For those who didn’t want to click the link above, here’s a bit of the history between HL and the bear:
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 ofHarry’s Law, Bill D’Elia, who gave us his own shout out:
@CassieStackSVU WTF is TV by the numbers? Who cares what they think? #harryslaw is most viewed scripted drama on NBC and will return.
— Bill D'Elia (@billdelia) March 10, 2012
Nobody cares what we think Mr. D’Elia.
Problem is, the folks selling the advertising at NBC think the same way we do…
Update: I hadn’t realized that near the same time as the original tweet above, Bill D’Elia also followed up with this one:
@CassieStackSVU First, tv by the numbers doesn't know anything. They are misinformed at best, ignorant at worst. Second, Kathy is right.
— Bill D'Elia (@billdelia) March 11, 2012
Misinformed? Ignorant? Kathy is right?
Reality’s a bitch isn’t it Mr. D’Elia?