GO! are at it again mixing up their schedule like a summer cocktail.
This time, the victims are Tuesday and Thursday nights. Both nights now have endured their third change – and its only the third week of summer TV we are about to head into. I have already detailed these changes in the GO! Guide, so you can click here to see what they have done now.
I felt it time though to comment (again) on the number of Two and a Half Men episodes lurking around the schedules of GO and Nine at the moment – some of them are in timeslots that simply don’t make sense.
If you are a fan of the show, there are almost too many episodes to keep up with – and then you risk catching that one that you have seen more than any other at the times when you eventually catch up with the show. The same can be said about The Big Bang Theory although the number of instances of Big Bang have reduced now.
For me, “that” episode of Big Bang that I end up seeing more than any other is when that 15 year old genious gets on Sheldon’s nerves. Having not seen all the episodes yet, I do try and catch Big Bang but – even though I am privy to programming information from Nine and GO – struggle to keep up with when it is on, and what episodes I should be watching and on what channel. Then there is the issue of conflicts when they move nights (although this is nowhere near as bad a problem in summer as it was during ratings season).
Why not play them all, from the start, in order, two episodes a week, in the same timeslot* until they catch up to the last new ones aired? Stable programming and routines are the key to maintaining and building a show’s audience and loyalty. Yes, Big Bang rates well, but imagine how well it could do if on at the same time every week on the same night? Nine or GO? Not both.
Which brings me back to Two and a Half Men.
Two and a Half Men is on 7pm weeknights on Nine until Funniest Home Videos takes over from Dec 21. It is also on at 7.30pm Monday and 7.30pm Wednesday. When Warnie is not on, it also appears at 8.40 and 9.10 Thursday. That’s 9 times in one week on Nine alone.
Then there is GO. 7.30 Sunday, 8.00 Sunday, 10.30 Monday (will come back to this one in a minute…), now 11.30pm Tuesday as well. And there is even one on at 11.30pm Wed Dec 22 as well.
4 or 5 times a week on GO. 9 on Nine. 13 in total. If that is not overkill, what is? No wonder ratings for actual episodes are now sliding.
Now – back to 10.30pm Monday for Two and a Half Men. What are they thinking with that one? In between Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl? Every time is see that Two and a Half Men is after Pretty Little Liars I struggle to understand the logic! GO would have a perfect Monday night for the audience that are into shows like Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl if they didn’t interrupt the night with Two and a Half Men.
Correct me if I am wrong, but the typical audience for Two and a Half Men is NOTHING like the typical audience for Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries?
Surely that Two and a Half Men on Monday night does not really need to be there. It is the same episode they play on Nine at 7.30pm in any case. Or maybe move it to 11.30, and have Gossip Girl at 10.30. It just seems soooo out of place.
* The Comedy Channel is playing The Big Bang Theory from the start at 6.30pm Sundays in double episodes. That is followed by Modern Family from the start. Both started from Dec 5.