Friday, May 23, 2008

3 is the new 6

Last night's main channel offerings in the 9pm slot - Midnight Man ITV and The Invisibles BBC, both attracted a shade over 3 million viewers.

Seriously. I kid you not. 3 million. Now, if I was a network exec I'd be crapping my pants at those figures. Maybe they are, But I don't really think so. Because I also just read that The Fixer has got a second series. Okay this show started strongly with 6 million viewers, but by the end of the run had dropped to .... guess what? Yep 3 million.

So why has it been recommissioned? Don't know really. Maybe because Kudos are major players and have about 15 shows in development for the networks right now, and ITV, still miles behind the BEEB in the drama stakes don't want to piss them off? Maybe like with the awful New Street Law a deal was done so there had to be two series? Maybe they really do have plans to make the second series ''bigger and better'' No idea. Unless 3 really is the new 6 and if that's the case then God help us.

I say that because the last bastion of the embattled Tv exec is 'market share'. It matters more to them what their share of the audience is rather than how big the overall TV audience is. Both the producers of Midnight Man and The Invisibles can claim that their shows had a 28% share or whatever. It's a bit like John Terry being happy that only 50% of his feet slipped when he took that penalty.
It's a dangerous mentality because it embodies the 'bald men fighting over a comb' scenario. Short term survival is more important than analysing why and doing something about the fact that the audience are staying away in droves.

I know why they are staying away in droves. It's because there are too many people in the Entertainment industry who know nothing about entertainment.
Simple as that. And as difficult.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

''I know why they are staying away in droves. It's because there are too many people in the Entertainment industry who know nothing about entertainment.
Simple as that. And as difficult''

Beautifully and concisely put. One of the reasons for this I feel is the culture of failing upwards that seems to be endemic at the networks. Top execs are more concerned with covering their backs than promoting talent who actually know drama.

I'm in those particular trenches right now. Writers have my sympathy, I can see how frustrating it must be.

Good Dog said...

I watch House on Five instead. Caught the first couple of The Invisibles on iPlayer and found them really disappointing given the talent involved.

Judging from the clips in the title sequence, I am looking forward to the episode with Jenny Agutter in the red catsuit.

Lucy said...

I watch House too. It's more fun than watching old men climb buildings or James Wotsisface being exactly the same as he always is. Doesn't that guy get done by trading standards???

Maybe ITV should launch a Writers' Academy too hey ED??? ; )

Good Dog said...

Having watched the episode with Jenny Agutter in a red catsuit, I would have preferred to choke on my own vomit.

Is it me or does anyone else find the three "Invisibles" completely and utterly unlikeable wankers?!