Minority Report- Post #12 People’s Choice Award

This coming Monday is going to be Minority Report’s final episode. The season and series will be over. None of the over-the-top(OTT) subscription sites have picked it up to continue and as far as I know none of the international networks have picked it up either. This past week the ratings dropped as well. The ratings dropped to .54 and 1.52 million viewers. According to some sites, this might be because it was a holiday week and people were traveling and not as focused on their weekly television schedules, causing fewer viewers to tune in this week. Minority Report also did not follow the tradition of having a Holiday themed episode. Most series write an episode either around Thanksgiving or Christmas/ New Years, or both. Minority Report did not take part in this and it does not look like that will be the case for the finale next week either. There was no advertising for a holiday special and there was very little commercial time for the series finale either.

Before the pilot premier and throughout the series the show never really had very much publicity. I noticed that I was always seeing commercials for Fox’s other shows as opposed to Minority Report. They have however started to sell commercial time for the episodes that are shown online on Fox.com. I am not sure if this is the case for the show when it airs during its prime time slot on Monday nights though.

The most shocking part about this whole season is that even though it is most likely over after this season, the fans that watched really support it. The show was nominated for a people’s choice award. This isn’t a huge award show but it still means that it has fans that voted for it.

This season has left me with multiple unanswered questions. First, will this effect Spielberg’s reputation at all because he put his name on it as the executive producer and played a huge role in the beginning phase of the show? Will this people’s choice award nomination increase awareness and start talks for possible deals to keep the show going through other OTT and VOD subscription sites? Most importantly, how will it end?! Will the Precogs end up back in the milk bath and if so will they stay there? I am finally hooked to this show as is sadly comes to and end, but I will just have to wait and see.

Scream Queens – Post #12

With just three episodes left of the first season, it surprisingly remains unknown whether or not Scream Queens will continue on to a second season. In a recent post by Tvbythenumbers, the comedic-horror show received three straight-faced faces  ( 😐 ). These three images, according to TvBytheNumbers, symbolize how they are in a toss-up between the show’s ultimate renewal and cancellation. Viewers question if the decision will be known by the first season’s finale in three weeks.

On an upside, last night’s episode is receiving great reviews by critics, and may just be the best episode for realistic character interactions. Since the episode was focused around Thanksgiving and family, multiple guest stars made their debuts; Rachele Smith, Faith Prince, Alan Thicke, Chad Michael

SCREAM QUEENS: Top Row L-R: Guest stars Rachele Brooke Smith and Chad Michael Murray, series star Glen Powell and guest star Patrick Schwarzenegger. Bottom Row L-R: Guest stars Julia Duffy and Alan Thicke in the "Thanksgiving" episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Nov. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Cook Allender/FOX.

SCREAM QUEENS: Top Row L-R: Guest stars Rachele Brooke Smith and Chad Michael Murray, series star Glen Powell and guest star Patrick Schwarzenegger. Bottom Row L-R: Guest stars Julia Duffy and Alan Thicke in the “Thanksgiving” episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Nov. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Cook Allender/FOX.

Murray, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Julia Duffy and Garry Grubbs. Unfortunately, even with such positive praise, the episode went on to receive its lowest rating yet – 0.8. Scream Queens wasn’t the only show with a disappointing rating; the finale of Dancing with the Stars dropped in ratings from last season. Perhaps it’s the holiday week that threw a lot of people off, but viewership continues to be much different than it was a year ago.

Minority Report- Post #11 Publicity

This week Minority Report’s rating actually went up. It went from a .63 to a .7 but then viewers actually dropped from 1.75 million to 1.74 million viewers. It is up for debate whether or not the break from the show during the week of November 9th was successful or not for the show when they aired a Bones rerun instead. Minority Report luckily had a higher rating than the Bones rerun last week.

After watching a lot of television I have seen a multiple commercials for other series that premiered this season, but I haven’t seen any for Minority Report. I wouldn’t even know about the show if it weren’t for this class or my internship this past summer. Fox has not done a good job advertising for Minority Report. There are things on social media, but the numbers of followers is very low. The show only has a little over 8,000 followers on Twitter and a little over 120,000 likes on Facebook. I wonder how the show would have done if it had more publicity in the beginning.

Grandfathered Post #11

With any new show, it is critical to generate both viewership and revenue. Selling ad space for a new television is extremely challenging because advertisers do not want to waste their money on a product that will not sell. Also, when selling advertisements, advertisers want to know who will be watching their advertisements through the show’s viewership demographics to ensure that it is a worthwhile investment.

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All of the already premiered Grandfathered episodes are available on Fox.com, which allowed me to get a preview of some of the ads for this show. One of the most interesting patterns is that the content of the advertisements is very diverse because the viewership demographics are varied. For example, there were commercials that focused on food products like Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, Reese’s and Honey Nut Cheerios, but also advertisements for technological products like the Nexus and the Droid and Google Play. This diverse set of advertisements shows that Grandfathered does not have a specific target audience. Since the show is still new, there is the ability to show a wide array of commercials from Lowes Home Improvements stores to Tide detergent. This flexibility in advertisements will probably become more focused over time as the viewers for the show become more regular.

Minority Report- Post #10 Bones aired instead

This week on Fox, Minority Report’s 8th episode did not air so there are no ratings for the show this week. Instead Fox played a rerun of the 200th episode of Bones titled “The 200th in 10th”. This was a rerun of the 200th episode that originally aired back in 2014. This episode scored lower than Minority Report normally scored in terms of ratings. Bones got a .5/2 rating and only had 1.58 million viewers. Fox as a whole isn’t doing so great in terms of ratings either. Fox averaged a 1.0/3 and 2.85 million viewers for the night. This was high compared to the CW, but still far behind NBC, ABC, and CBS. As for Minority Report, Fox most likely held back on airing episode 8 because they need the series to last until November 30th. There are 3 episodes left to air and 3 weeks left to air them now. The show will most likely not be returning in 2016 though.

Scream Queens – Post #10

640After a week off due to the World Series Game 1 last week, Scream Queens came back with a much duller episode than fans and critics were hoping for. Although it was only a one-week hiatus, the returning episode should have gotten audiences back in the groove – “Beware of Young Girls” did not deliver to such requirements. Critics stressed that this episode was one to attract those who are loosely watching the show, and they fear that many of those non-diehard viewers may now have lost the need to keep up with the show due to the interrupted airing.

It was equally interesting to read up on Metacritic reviews as many of the critics have yet to update their opinions, while users are very mixed with their feelings about the show. Many of the lower ratings are actually by users in languages other than English; Spanish and French – I wonder where the disconnect is between nationalities. American’s are either enjoying the show or upset with the large difference the comedy has from American Horror Story. I will be sure to stay up to date with these reviews and keep track of additional write-ups.

Minority Report- Post #9 Spielberg’s Involvement

This week on Minority Report the ratings dropped again. The ratings dropped to a .63 and it had about 1.7 million viewers. There hasn’t been much buzz around the show lately except for when Fox dropped the last three episodes, which is surprising considering Spielberg is the executive producer of show. I was curious if he had any involvement or if he was just given a check so that the show could put his name on the show. It turns out that he was involved a lot in the beginning of the show. He took part in casting to the point where he had to sign off on every casting decision and allowed the producers and directors to use the same machinery and props from the original film. Spielberg was involved with everything preproduction involving casting, visual affects and props, and cinematography. He was not however involved in the writing which makes me wonder how he feels about having his name attached to a show that is not doing very well and will eventually be canceled.

Minority Report- Post #8 New Relationships are Forming

Talk of Minority Report has started to die down again. The only thing that people have to say about it lately is to question whether or not the show is going to get canceled. This week the ratings pretty much plateaued again at .6/2.

This week the show started to take a new turn. This week focused more on the sister, Agatha’s life. The crime takes place in her home as opposed to in the big city. This seems strange to me because the show is starting to form new relationships even though they know the show is most likely getting canceled. Agatha is bonding with Laura Vega, the main cop, relationships are forming back in the city and alliances are being made. This episode does however start to unravel the season long mystery of whether or not the 3 siblings are safe from a new milk-bath or not. There are only 4 episodes left to find out.

There’s always the possibility that Netflix or another online site might pick up this show to continue it, but I don’t think that will be the case because the show is very predictable and there isn’t much character development.

Scream Queens – Post #8

For those anxiously awaiting the next episode of Scream Queens like myself, we will unfortunately have to wait one more week to see how the comedic show will continue on. FOX will instead air the MLB World Series this week, taking much deserved precedence over all other programming. Had FOX not been the station covering the game, I wonder how ratings would have fared out for Scream Queens as it sways towards a younger female audience. With that, will other shows be heavily impacted by viewers instead tuning in to watch the Mets and Royals duke it out in the best of 7 game series?

Next week’s episode of Scream Queens will guest star Tavi Gevinson and be centralized around a funeral for an unknown character. Promos will be featured during this week’s series to gain anticipation and hopefully boost ratings up as a result. Also, FX is planning a Halloween night marathon of the first six episodes, so for those who are a bit behind I highly suggest you take this week to catch up. Enjoy!

Minority Report- Post #7 How will it end?

This week the ratings for Minority Report continued to drop to a .6/2, but this time only 1 point down as opposed to 2 like in the past. I sadly think this season is going to be a lost cause for the series. There was not enough advertising done for this show from the start because I’m assuming that the Network was banking on the fact that the series is based off of a Tom Cruise/ Spielberg Film and would have a loyal fan base from 2002. This however has not been the case because the show has not been doing well at all.

Since the show will most likely not be continuing after this season, I am curious to see how much the show will unravel and if the pace of the show will speed up in order to have a series finale for episode 10. The show has only just premiered episode 5 as of last night.