So I got to thinking about the unfortunate demise of our show, How To Get Cancelled, err, I mean, The Guy. I will admit I had some time (10-11 pm to be exact) on my hands last night … (I was boycotting Supernnany out of principle).
I personally loved How To Get The Guy (if not the title). Yes, I was a participant, and perhaps a wee bit biased, but I am also a die-hard consumer of reality-TV (yup, I watched Temptation Island-- both seasons!). I feel like I have some right, not just as a “contestant” but as a viewer, to be flummoxed by the decision to cancel the show just 2 episodes shy of its finale.
What about the 3.5-4 million people who tuned in faithfully each week, of which 3 personally stopped me on the street to tell me how much they loved the show. Do we really leave them hanging? Isn’t there some place between our not-so-fantastic 10pm time slot and the floor of some execs office? Must we really be axed? What about running back to back episodes as a finale, or moving it to ABC Family (3.5-4 million viewers for a cable show would be a ridiculous success) or hell, even putting it on at 3am so we could at least TIVO it. Let’s be honest, 10pm may as well be 3am on a Monday night anyway. We work ABC, WE WORK!
Can ABC really live with itself if it forces its loyal viewers to pay to download 2 lousy episodes (and by that I mean, content rich and wonderfully enjoyable).
Just to prove my ire is well-warranted, let’s take a look at how HTGTG fared in the ratings:
June 13- Ratings
“How to Get the Guy” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
The series premiere of “How to Get the Guy” finished second in the hour in both Total Viewers (4.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.8/5), posting increases over the Network’s performance the prior week (4.0 million & 1.5/4 on 6/5/06). [http://www.thefutoncritic.com/pr.aspx?id=20060620abc01]
Ok, not so bad… in fact, an increase over the prior week’s performace seems pretty good.
June 27 - Ratings
At 10 p.m., "CSI: Miami" scored the night's best rating, 7.2/12, for CBS. NBC's "Medium" averaged 3.8/6. ABC's "How to Get the Guy" didn't get many viewers of either gender, coming in at 2.3/4. (http://www.zap2it.com/tv/ratings/zap...ings-headlines)
Notably, reality TV as a whole was taking a battering at the time:
“Reality shows are getting a bitter dose of true reality this summer. What used to be a rich season for "unscripted" programming - a time when reality series could provide cheap, new stuff instead of reruns - isn't working as well this year. Six new or returning reality series are languishing in the ratings below the top 25, including NBC's highly touted "Treasure Hunters" and CBS' "Big Brother: All-Stars." Other shows failing to grab viewers are the return of "Last Comic Standing," ABC's "How to Get the Guy," the gossipy "Tuesday Night Book Club" on CBS and ABC's "Master of Champions." The only successes right now are "America's Got Talent," a "Gong Show" rip-off that debuted in third place; Fox's "So You Can Think You Can Dance"; and the moderately successful "Hell's Kitchen," which came in 25th in last week's ratings.” [http://www.sltrib.com/themix/ci_3996337]
July 4- Ratings
“ABC's advice series "How to Get the Guy”… 3.1 million people tuned in.” [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,202236,00.html]
Hmm, wonder why we didn’t fare so well. Could it be that maybe, just maybe, the 4th of July had something to do with it…
Interestingly enough, “Fox wisely opted to run the movie “Mr. Deeds” in place of an original “Kitchen” on July 3, as July 4 weekend is notoriously one of the lowest-rated TV watching periods of the year.” [http://www.medialifemagazine.com/art...icle_5899.asp]
Yeah, guess so.
Anyway, against this backdrop, and having placed us in the coveted 4th of July time slot (oh, I’m dripping with sarcasm now), ABC decided to replace us with Supernanny.
Hmm, wonder how little Miss Naughty Mat did. I’m sure it was GANGBUSTERS!!!! Yeah, or not.
July 11, 2006- Ratings (Supernanny replaces HTGTG)
At 10 p.m., CBS took No. 1 for a repeat of "CSI: Miami" at 2.9, followed by ABC's 2.1 for a "Supernanny" repeat replacing the yanked “How to Get the Guy,” NBC's 1.8 for a "Medium" rerun and Univision's 1.3 for "Cristina.”
Enjoy Monday nights Supernanny.