UPDATE: Showbuzz weighs in with an actual ratings number for “Years of Living Dangerously” and it’s mind blowingly low. Even this blog reached more people on Sunday. See below.
Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously” aired Sun, Apr 20, at 10:00 PM and didn’t even make the top 100 cable TV shows this week and was beaten in its time slot by a re-run episode of the animated cartoon Bob’s Burgers. Ouch!
According to the producer, this docudrama got the “big budget” treatment to the tune of $20 million. Looks like nobody cares.
Here are the top 50 from Sunday, with link to the full top 100:
Maybe it was the “journalists”. Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Jessica Alba, Ian Somerhalder, Thomas Friedman, and many more celebrities and journalists participated in the documentary event series. For example, even Ahnold didn’t help:
Above: Image from the Showtime website advertising the series
On Season 1, Episode 2: Harrison Ford investigates the global effects of the palm oil industry and corruption in Indonesia, and Arnold Schwarzenegger joins an elite team of wild-land firefighters as they battle a new breed of forest fires.
Yeah, sure, I want to see that: Indiana Jones and The Temple of Rubes
UPDATE: Showbuzz weighs in with an actual ratings number for “Years of Living Dangerously” and it’s mind blowingly low:
.04 !!! According to last week’s report, the premiere of YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, had a microscopic 0.07.
To help make sense of just how low that rating of 0.04 is, here is some background.
The most commonly cited Nielsen results are reported in two measurements: ratings points and share, usually reported as: “ratings points/share”. As of August 27, 2012, there are an estimated 114.2 million television households in the United States, a drop of nearly 500,000 from the previous year. A single national ratings point represents one percent of the total number, or 1,142,000 households for the 2012–13 season. Nielsen re-estimates the number of TV-equipped households each August for the upcoming television season.
So let’s just use that number for 2012-2013 of 1,142,000 TV households (representing a single ratings point) and multiply by 0.04. We get: 45,680 households viewing “Years of Living Dangerously”.
Wow. On Sunday, typically one of our slowest days, WUWT had 80,468 views. See the screencap from WUWT’s WordPress Dashboard: