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|JaneDigby||Dec 15 2013, 09:54 AM|
I'm not implying that a successful promo equals viewers delighted with the storyline on display. You inferred that.
Here's the difference from: when OLTL was running promos about amnesiac-Marty and Todd frolicking in meadows during the "rapemance" the promos were getting a ton of hits on YT, ABC and Soapnet. The viewing numbers actually grew. No one at ABC or OLTL thought that meant viewers LOVED the storyline. They knew a large number of people hated that story line and that a significant number of people tuned in to watch in mindset best described as "are you kidding me? Are they actually trying to sell this?" If Y&R ran a promo for the death of Delia Abbott and it drew viewers to it and the show no one at Sony or CBS is going to run through the halls shouting "We need more dead babies!"
The problem, as you see it, with my argument actually is not a problem as far TPTB are. And, yes, I am basing this on working knowledge of the industry. Consistent ratings are incredibly important. Yes, a steady increase in ratings is better but very, very few television shows have that luxury. Consistent ratings that are on par with peer shows and that deliver a desirable demo are what advertisers want. Whether the viewers are new or long time doesn't matter to advertisers. To the show it matters a bit but not tremendously. As a viewer, that sometimes pisses me off and I can completely understand why it would piss off others. I've turned this show off in disgust more than once but as a viewer, that is my only recourse.
Only if the show actually DOES something with that call. Suppose Bo calls Hope from the side of a bridge, telling her he's gonna jump and then does. THAT would be a promo because the fallout would last weeks and, yes, to your point, long time Bope fans would hear about it and tune in. (That's the last thing I want, btw, for Bo to die. I love the couple and the characters.) If the show is just giving out it's usual dopey previews and the call from Bo is just "Hey, honey, not ready to come home yet" then the promo would only give the show a boost for one day. Not enough for the whole week in NBC/Sony's eyes.
I think a good Hope s/l is coming with Mark Collier's arrival and I'm delighted. I actually think the show does a decent job with "the vets" as defined here. A perfect job? No. Could it be better? Yes. But with Jennifer in a major A story line it's hard to say that show is ignoring "vets." Yes, that story line makes me want to stab my eyes out but someone somewhere must be enjoying the hell out of it or it is prime "hate watching" material. I'd love to see more Kayla and more Julie, for instance, than more Gabi but that's just what I want.
I can see that this conversation isn't really going further. With respect, to each their own.
Edited by JaneDigby, Dec 15 2013, 10:51 AM.
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