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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by JohnSJ, Oct 24, 2002.
Anyone know why West Wing and frasier were playing old eps. this week? Are there more coming?
And trying to stretch 22 episodes from mid-September to late May.
how does that effect new vs. old eps...are they afraid to play new shows as people will be tuning into the series regardless? I guess that makes since...
We have this discussion every year. The networks almost always rerun shows just before sweeps (November, February, & May). December and January often have many straight weeks of reruns. Next weeks's Buffy is a rerun by the way.
Plus they are saving new episodes up for the November sweeps. (Months when networks measure viewership. They use the viewership numbers to figure what to charge for ads.) All new shows mean better ratings which means more money.
With production costs continuing to rise, is too far-fetched to predict a time when new network shows will be broadcast only in November, February and May?
Well, if they did that, and only made 13 episodes a year, it would take roughly 7 years to make it to syndication (7*13=91 episodes). Since shows that make money do so with syndication revenues -- losses upfront paid for by syndication profits on the back end -- I'm not sure stretching out series' run, and presumably increasing the risk of failure, would be viewed as a good thing by the Powers That Be. Then again, I might be wrong.