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John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV


Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

All downhill to me

Is it just me, or have the Olympics failed to get any more interesting this week? Maybe I’m just the wrong demo, but the pacing of the prime-time show -- all the figure skating, the back and forth to speed skating or bobsled – just hasn’t captured my attention. I found myself flipping back and forth to “American Idol,” and wondered what would happen if NBC let viewers call in and vote for their favorite figure skater, as “American Idol” does? Who can understand the new skating judging system anyway?

Golden Idol
Here’s a first: The Winter Olympics last week finished out of medal contention in the weekly Nielsen ratings. The highest-rated Olympics telecast (Monday) was 5th for the week, behind two “American Idols,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Desperate Housewives.”
“Dancing with the Stars” and “House,” CSI” “Lost” also finished in the top 14, ahead of the lowest-rated Olympic night (Wednesday). I'm not surprised.
Here is the top 20
1. American Idol, Weds
2. American Idol, Tues
3 Grey’s Anatomy
4 Desperate Housewives
5. Olymics, Monday
6. Olympics, Saturday
7. Olympics, Thursday
8 Dancing with the Stars
9 Olympics, Sunday
10 House
11. Olympics, Friday
12 CSI
13 Olympics, Tuesday
14 Lost
15 Olympics, Weds
16 Survivor
17 Dancing with the Stars Results, Fri
18 Without a Trace
19 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
20 Two And A Half Men.


2 Comments:

at 2/23/2006 10:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John:
We were talking about the Olympics at work yesterday, and decided that part of the problem is the mean spiritedness of some of the commentators. One that I am especially disappointed in is Scott Hamilton. We also talked about the good old days when ABC was the only network that ever did the olympics and did a super job.
On another note, there is an article in today's Middletown Journal by Rick McCrabb about Brook Decker.
Lee Ann

 
at 3/01/2006 11:21 PM Blogger Flixking said...

Olympic ratings are down right? Everyone is trying to figure out why viewers dont care right? Well one reason might be that some, repeat some of the participants dont care. Cohen and Miller both commented that the olympics and the medals were "no big deal"...not exactly the way to attract viewers. If they dont care why should I??

 
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