Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bones Ratings: Repeats

For last week's Bones rerun we had a repeat of "The Man in the Mud" and last night we had "The Crank in the Shaft."

Have you been watching the repeats?

I, admittedly, have not. And, I don't think I'm in the only one. The summer repeat ratings were much higher but in December times are busy and the break is much shorter. It seems many of us are dropping our Bones TV repeats in favor of family time and Christmas shopping.

"The Man in the Mud" ratings - 4.521
"The Crank in the Shaft" ratings - 4.18
I don't really feel bad for Bones ratings, though, when I notice how low the Private Practice and Life are...and those are new airings!

Do you think the random, mixed-bag of episode airings is hurting ratings? I can't imagine that the jumps we see are drawing anyone in to Bones semi-serialized character stories, but hopefully the general fun and great writing are doing the trick!

TVAddict: Fox Mid-Season Report-Card

The TVAddict has posted a Mid-Season Report Card for Fox, and Bones is at the top of the list.

THE GOOD: Afters years of being shuffled around the schedule, BONES has settled nicely into its Wednesday night time-slot to become one of the evening’s highest rated shows. After shifting the focus to Walter (our new favorite mad scientist), FRINGE survived a shaky start to their season to finish off the year strongly. While THE SIMPSONS and FAMILY GUY continue to provide for consistent laughter on Sundays.

...fans will finally have a reason to turn to FOX between Thursday and Saturday with BONES moving to Thursday night at 8PM and Friday night culminating in a nerd orgasm for SciFi fans...

Fox Orders Production Cuts

All shows produced by Fox (which includes Bones) have been ordered to cut 2% from their budgets.

Source

"In these challenging economic times, we've asked all of our showrunners to trim their production budgets by 2%, an assignment which they have all embraced,” a 20th spokesman said. “Everyone understands that revenues are down and these steps are necessary to protect our business."
This could mean a variety of cuts, or produce placements, as pointed out. But it won't mean a loss of any episodes (thankfully!).

David Boreanaz says NO to SAG Strike

Strike ballot votes go out in January to all of SAG's membership but some big names are already choosing sides, and David Boreanaz has picked his.

Source

Dear SAG Board Members, officers and staff:We feel very strongly that SAG members should not vote to authorize a strike at this time. We don't think that an authorization can be looked at as merely a bargaining tool. It must be looked at as what it is -- an agreement to strike if negotiations fail.

We support our union and we support the issues we're fighting for, but we do not believe in all good conscience that now is the time to be putting people out of work.

None of our friends in the other unions are truly happy with the deals they made in their negotiations. Three years from now all the union contracts will be up again at roughly the same time. At that point if we plan and work together with our sister unions we will have incredible leverage.

As hard as it may be to wait those three years under an imperfect agreement, we believe this is what we must do. We think that a public statement should be made by SAG recognizing that although this is not a deal we want, it is simply not a time when our union wants to have any part in creating more economic hardship while so many people are already suffering.

Let's take the high road. Let's unite with our brothers and sisters in the entertainment community and prepare for the future, three years down the line. Then, together, let's make a great deal.

Sincerely,
(Full list of 130 names)
...David Boreanaz...

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