Showbiz Sandbox 168: Why TV Audiences Abandoned Broadcast Networks
October 22, 2012
The start of the new television season has been a huge disappointment for broadcast networks with ratings down as much as 28% on Fox. Only NBC has seen an increase in viewership in key demos and after years of coming in fourth among networks, now finds itself bouncing back. Why have audiences abandoned broadcast television? Here’s a hint; it has to do with zombies.
Industry analysts fault lackluster new series and strong programming alternatives on cable for broadcast networks latest woes. We provide a rundown of which new shows might stick around for a while, those that might be put on hiatus and which have already gotten the ax.
If you paid to download any of this season’s new TV shows you may be interested to know that you are only licensing the right to view them and don’t actually own them outright. Two upcoming court cases may help resolve the issue, if they don’t wind up muddying the waters further.
Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the new agreement between Dish and AMC, Beyonce’s new Super Bowl gig, and the end of Newsweek as a print magazine.
NBC Finds Itself in Unfamiliar Territory: On Top
‘Walking Dead’ Season 3 Premiere Shatters Basic Cable Ratings Record
Where Are The Hit TV Comedies
TNT Picks Up Frank Darabont’s ‘L.A. Noir’ to Series
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Total Recall’ Book Debuts to Soft Sales
Beyoncé to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show
Warner Bros. Wins Big Court Ruling in Fight Over Superman
AMC Networks, Dish Shares Rise to 52-Week Highs As Analysts Laud Legal Settlement
Newsweek to Cease Print Publication at End of Year
Sources: MGM Delays Potential $3 Billion IPO for ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Hobbit’ Releases (Exclusive)
Rolling Stone Chips Away at Paywall, A Little Archived Content Will Be Freely Available In New Artist Timelines
Hot Topic: Do Consumers Have A Right to Re-Sell Copies of Movies, Songs and Books?
Your Right To Resell Your Own Stuff Is In Peril