The dog days of summer are upon us.

But before long it’ll be a fall Saturday morning and I’ll be typing “how many times do I have to tell you, we won’t see the ratings for last night’s Friday Night Smackdown! on Syfy until Monday or Tuesday!”

Toss Up: TV Network Generating More Whining: Syfy or The CW?

Please don’t confuse the network that generates the most whining with the network that generates the most scorn, ridicule or mocking.  NBC has won that crown in a landslide.  Perhaps this will be the year more people take notice of just how badly ABC has been stinking it up in primetime and for a change NBC will get to do a little snickering.  We’ll see.

But since the inception of this blog, two of the networks that generate the most whining have the most passionately engaged viewers are surely The CW and Syfy.  The amount of chatter  generated seems particularly out-sized when considering the number of people who actually watch those networks.   To be fair, a large portion of the Syfy chatter revolved around last year’s rebranding.

This fall, at least on Fridays, it might not be hard to get the networks confused.  The CW will be broadcasting shows that are in the sci-fi/supernatural genre and Syfy will be airing Friday Night Smackdown! Quite a reversal from a few years ago.

We head into the fall knowing:

Stargate Atlantis is still canceled, and I’m pretty sure that’s not necessarily Syfy’s fault, but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t matter.  Especially to those who hate SGU.

Sharktopus is coming.

The CW is still around.  At least 1/3 of the whining about the CW includes predictions of the network’s demise.

Dawn Ostroff is still at the helm of the CW.  At least 1/3 of the whining has included predictions of Dawn’s doom.

At least 17 people will anxiously be waiting to see whether Friday Night Smackdown! on Syfy betters Smallville and Supernatural on the CW.  Stay tuned.

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