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JaneDigby


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Dec 15 2013, 12:47 AM
JaneDigby
Dec 14 2013, 10:23 PM
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Dec 14 2013, 09:50 PM
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Dec 14 2013, 09:37 PM

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She's had way more time in the spotlight than most of the vets ever did, lol.
It's a business. The promo is there to promote the major story that week and draw in viewers. If the promo gets thousands of hits and the ratings stay consistent, then the TPTB will consider it effective. That is what drives what is on our screens. If showing a promo of a rotting banana pulled in viewers, Sony would show it every week. They could care less about variety or honoring the past or anything other than bringing in enough of the right viewers to command the advertising dollars to keep the show on the air. If the show could do that with a major s/l and non stop promos of (insert character or couple name here) they would do it.

Most of the promos this fall were about the lead up to the Bristen wedding then it switched to the Nick murder. The ratings have been consistent. How is that Sami overkill?
I completely disagree with most of what you said, since you're basically implying that if people watch the promo and also watch the show all week, then TPTB will know that you want more of what/who was in the promo. The problem with your argument is that if TPTB are featuring the same characters over & over in promos & the ratings are staying the same, then that means that either they're not drawing in new viewers, or they're drawing in the same number of new viewers as there are people no longer watching because they're bored/tired of the same storyline.

It would've made a lot more sense for TPTB to tease Hope's call from Bo. And I'm not saying this because I'm a Bope/Hope fan. I say this because there are still A LOT of Bope fans who want Peter to return and are hoping he will. A promo teasing what Bo will say to Hope (Will he be coming home for Christmas?) would draw in viewers who long to see Bo back on their screens. Promos don't need to always be about the A storyline. They can also be about major events happening in B storylines. I vaguely recall that we've had a similar "ugh, why is this story getting another promo when this pivotal thing happens in this other storyline" discussion a short while back.
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!"

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the ratings are staying the same, then that means that either they're not drawing in new viewers, or they're drawing in the same number of new viewers as there are people no longer watching because they're bored/tired of the same storyline.


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.

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It would've made a lot more sense for TPTB to tease Hope's call from Bo.


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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