Multi-million dollar global warming disaster epic ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ beaten in TV ratings by ‘Bob’s Burgers’ reruns

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!

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Above: Image from the Showtime website advertising the series

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:

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Source: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/04/22/sunday-cable-ratings-game-of-thrones-wins-night-nba-playoffs-real-housewives-of-atlanta-naked-and-afraid-more/256183/

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:

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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

Pretty sad that reruns of “Bob’s Burgers” on Cartoon Network/Adult Swim can beat it. It just goes to show that doom and gloom does not sell.

 

UPDATE: Showbuzz weighs in with an actual ratings number for “Years of Living Dangerously” and it’s mind blowingly low:

Showbuzz_years

.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.

NIELSEN RATINGS:

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.[2] 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:

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125 Responses to Multi-million dollar global warming disaster epic ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ beaten in TV ratings by ‘Bob’s Burgers’ reruns

  1. DontGetOutMuch says:

    Hold on now, can’t they do some “adjustments” to make the numbers look better?

  2. Robert W Turner says:

    I bet more people watched a pirated Game of Thrones than this, too funny.

  3. robbcab says:

    Is it safe to say it’s worse than we thought?

  4. geologyjim says:

    Couldn’t happen to a more fitting bunch of airheads and clowns.

    Best of all, they wasted their own money on this!

    Priceless.

  5. Andy says:

    I just wish people would turn apathy into action. It’s no good knowing AGW is a crock people should look at how much it’s costing them and get angry

  6. Latimer Alder says:

    Perhaps they’re hoping that the ratings figures will be a hockey stick shape.

  7. dazone60 says:

    Ron

    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

  8. cnxtim says:

    Au contraire mon ami, “doom and gloom” often rates well especially with role model megastars in the mix – but perhaps the US folk either don’t care as they tackle more pressing issues or simply are not buying the BS. i hope the latter is the case …

  9. hunter says:

    Wow, the climate hype did that well?

  10. zootcadillac says:

    I’m quite offended by this post. It suggests that there is something wrong with “Bob’s Burgers” which I think is hands down, alongside “Archer” some of the funniest, wittiest, comedic adult animation to be found. How very dare you?

    /comedysarc ;) Seriously. Give it a watch. So funny.

  11. Code Monkey Wrench says:

    To be fair, Bob’s Burgers is probably the best thing on TV right now.

  12. Janice Moore says:

    I was right! #(;))
    (on April 14, at 5:57pm — yeah!)

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/04/14/exploiting-human-misery-and-distorting-the-science-an-environmentalists-critique-of-years-of-living-dangerously/#comment-1613455

    “… the best thing about this movie is: IT IS BORING!”

    “Your average Maria and Joe {TV viewer} will not waste their { } time on it.”

    *******************************************

    On the other hand….

    Sounds like a great comedy! Seriously. When I read the quote below, my first response was to laugh and ask (really wondered!), “Is this a joke?”

    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.

    That’s just as good as “boring.” Ignore them or laugh at them — it’s all the same: NOBODY IS TAKING THEM SERIOUSLY ANY – MORE!

    Bwah, ha, ha, ha, haaaaaaaaaaa!

  13. Patrick B says:

    We need someone to total up the number of homes, cars, planes, yachts and private jet flights these celebrities account for – that kind of wealth and life style churns out huge amounts of CO2 – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  14. JimS says:

    Does anyone realize how dangerous this poor showing is? Now the alarmist AGWers will be working overtime on their propaganda. Sheesh! Just when I thought everything was going to be cool. (pun intended)

  15. mkelly says:

    “…as they battle a new breed of forest fires.”

    What the heck is a new breed of forest fire?

  16. Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7 says:

    geologyjim says: (April 22, 2014 at 10:39 am )

    Best of all, they wasted their own money on this!

    Don’t be too certain of this without doing some checking first, after all: NSF Funds Climate Change Musical .

  17. John in Lac du Bonnet says:

    I love how the out take for the series ad catches Schwarzenegger side-longing the camera instead of squinting into the distance like the man of action he pretends to be.

  18. durango12 says:

    Maybe so but billionaire Tom Steyer has proved capable of stopping the Keystone Pipeline with all of the jobs and economic growth it represents.

  19. Tom O says:

    “DontGetOutMuch says:
    April 22, 2014 at 10:35 am
    Hold on now, can’t they do some “adjustments” to make the numbers look better?”

    Sure! Give it to Mikey! There’s no numbers that he can’t fix!

  20. Kenny says:

    The reason for the low ratings……Global Warming.

  21. mkelly says:
    April 22, 2014 at 11:02 am

    “…as they battle a new breed of forest fires.”

    What the heck is a new breed of forest fire?

    Secret gummint labs, dangerous splicing of DNA, long montages of guys in coats playing with test-tubes while some Kresge Stores music plays. Just think of what would happen if they combined fire with fire ants!

  22. Janice Moore says:

    And they couldn’t beat even THIS….

    “Bob’s Burgers”

    Pitiful.

  23. Warren in Minnesota says:

    If one pays for cable tv, are the shows commercial free?

  24. Gamecock says:

    Reruns of Chumlee beat it! How embarrassing!

  25. Fred says:

    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!

    ahhh shut the hell up you moron, you have become sooooo annoying.

  26. CaligulaJones says:

    Actually, the saddest thing is the large number of fake “reality” shows on the list…

  27. more soylent green! says:

    But in all fairness, “Bob’s Burgers” is on basic cable/over-the-air broadcast but Showtime is a subscription service. However, several HBO programs also beat “The Years of Broadcasting Propaganda.”

    Memo to Showtime: The key to a successful premium cable program is gratuitous sex and nudity. Throw enough of that in, and I’ll watch almost anything.

    Follow up to memo to Showtime: You don’t have to have gratuitous sex and nudity so much as promise it in the promos!

  28. james says:

    A new breed of forest fires , just when I thought it could not get any dumber.

  29. Mac the Knife says:

    Oh! That is sooooooo deliciously, perfectly ironic!
    Maybe a large cup of humility will help wash down that $20 million dollar crow they are eating???

    This is a clear demonstration (yet again) that faux climate alarmism can,/ cause financial disasters though – Warn your friends!

    Couldn’t happen to more deserving folks, could it?

  30. You wouldn’t catch Stallone doing one of these.

  31. Reg Nelson says:

    Uh oh! Their ratings models didn’t predict\project this. Looks likes it’s time to “homogenize” the data and find out where the missing ratings went.

  32. JimS says:

    What does a new breed of forest fires do? Bore the trees to death instead of by burning them down?

  33. ch says:

    NBC pulled out all the stops to promote CAGW with this hourlong program. Every weather phenomenon was enlisted in the service.
    “Ann Curry Reports: Our Year of Extremes – Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?”
    http://www.nbcnews.com/#/news/video/our-year-extremes-did-climate-change-just-hit-home-part-n73936

  34. Latitude says:

    The comments in the WSJ article are a hoot…..

  35. rogerknights says:

    But Showtime will be rerunning this regularly, I suspect, so the numbers will climb over time.

  36. Tom Trevor says:

    One of the top rated shows, besides the NBA playoffs and Game of Thrones was Naked and Afraid, maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger should try this show again, only this time naked, that should increase ratings.

  37. Richard Mallett says:

    Looks like ‘BREAK’ did pretty well.

  38. 1957chev says:

    Just shows people prefer Reality TV, to science fiction! LOL!

  39. Henry Clark says:

    While nice to see this in a way, many support the CAGW movement but without interest in viewing more about global warming or seeing even documentaries of their own compatriots:

    (1) Relatively boring documentaries in general tend to get far fewer views than entertainment, something which would also be so whether the topic was basket weaving, math, or almost anything without lots of eye candy.

    (2) They’ve heard it before.

    (3) They may care less about climate itself anyway than about wanting others to believe due to ideopolitical alignments and objectives.

    Regarding (3), I’ve never actually encountered a CAGW movement supporter who actually seemed personally scared of the climate predictions, like personally moving away from the coast specifically because of believed future sea level rise or moving further north for that reason. I’ve encountered many who passionately wanted others to believe, though.

    For instance, what is the usual response of a CAGW movement supporter to learning that, under their own climate sensitivity assumptions, other forms of geoengineering than CO2 cutbacks could neutralize the predicted warming for <=~ 1% the cost and with lesser biological side-effects (such as stratospheric dispersion of micron-scale reflective dust staying suspended for months at appropriate altitude, in radiative forcing neutralizing orders of magnitude more than its own mass in CO2)? Utterly zero interest in learning more, just bashing it. If you really thought the world was doomed and really wanted to avert it, wouldn't you be a little bit curious?

    (Note I don't support geoengineering the planet colder, as warmer is better, but the preceding is still illustrative, as they are the ones who claim it is getting too warm).

  40. wws says:

    “Bob’s Burgers is probably the best thing on TV right now.”

    Aw, come on, what about “Robot Chicken”???

    What’s really funny is the show that appears to have won the 10:00 PM timeslot hands down – Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid”.

    Yep, if you want people to tune in, there’s the magic word that never fails to pull in an audience. I almost feel sorry for James Cameron and his deadly serious crew trying so hard to outdraw a show that’s nothing but naked people running around out in the wild.

    “hmm, what are we gonna watch tonite? A depressing show that is gonna preach to us about the evils of civilization? or NAKED PEOPLE runnin’ around, actin’ the fool???”

    and the winner is…. NAKED PEOPLE!!!!

    p.s. you don’t have to say it – the intellectuals were all watching Bob’s Burgers, and the investors were watching “Silicon Valley”. And that’s the state of society today.

  41. John Boles says:

    I wonder if that poll (do you care about global warming/climate change) runs like some other polls, like when asked if they went to church last sunday many people answer yes when in fast they did not go.

  42. rabbit says:

    For those that didn’t watch the show, it featured Anthony Watts with a horse and lance charging Arnold Schwarzenegger. Just before the lance reaches him, Arnold throws a knife into the horse’s eye. The horse goes down and Arnold dispatches Anthony with a scythe-like weapon, to the cheers of the climate alarmists.

  43. Russ Steele says:

    Reblogged this on Sierra Foothill Commentary and commented:
    According to Gallup Poll concern for the environment is lowest it has been in history. Here is another example that no one but the religiously committed to AGW are paying any attention.

  44. clearsky says:

    But the TV Rating Statistical Model calculated that this was the highest rated show. There obviously must be some “hidden” ratings not captured by the viewership data.

  45. Gamecock says:

    james says:
    April 22, 2014 at 11:29 am

    A new breed of forest fires , just when I thought it could not get any dumber.

    ==========================

    Hmmm . . . I’ve heard of ground fires. And crown fires. I’ve got it! ROOT FIRES! OMG!

  46. Louis says:

    “It just goes to show that doom and gloom does not sell.”

    There is an audience for doom and gloom, but not in reruns or endless remakes of the same old story laced with failed predictions. They are going to have to come up with something new, or even an old rerun that the current generation hasn’t seen yet. (Is it too soon to bring back the ozone hole, China syndrome, acid rain, or global cooling?) Oh well, they’ll think of something. They always do. For control freaks, life isn’t worth living unless they can tell others what to do. For environmental alarmists, life only has meaning if they can convince themselves that they are saving the Earth, not for humanity but from humanity.

  47. What to you think potus was watching?…….never mind ,putin told him to go to bed at 9.

  48. Jeff says:

    “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.”

    Hmmm…
    On Season 1, Episode2: Harrison Ford investigates the global effects of the palm-greasing
    industry and corruption in Washington, D.C., and Arnold Schwarzenegger joins an elite team of
    Federal (feral?) wild-land grabbers as they battle an old breed of ranchers and farmers….

    Funny thing is, even “Break” (commercial break?) got a higher rating…course no one changes channels when they’re running off for a beer and/or chips :)

  49. RACookPE1978 says:

    Fred says:
    April 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!
    Look, over there, a Wolf!

    Oh I WISH their cries were that minor, that low key and that innocent!

    Rather, the CAGW religion is using MY money to raise banners and power loudspeakers and pay THEIR speakers to tell THEIR politicians to enforce:

    Look, over there, we might see a Wolf 100 years from now! Lock up all of your dogs. Now.
    Look, over there, we might see a Wolf 100 years from now! Kill all of your lambs. Now!
    Look, over there, we might see a Wolf 100 years from now! Kill all of your sheep. Now!
    Look, over there, we might see a Wolf 100 years from now! Kill all of your calves. Now!
    Look, over there, we might see a Wolf 100 years from now! Kill all of your horses. Now!
    Look, over there, we might see a Wolf 100 years from now! Pay me to lock you inside your house and board up all of your windows. Now!
    Look, over there, we might see a Wolf 100 years from now! Pay me to tear down your house of wood and rent a government house of bricks!

  50. Jeff says:

    “ch says:
    April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

    NBC pulled out all the stops to promote CAGW with this hourlong program. Every weather phenomenon was enlisted in the service.

    “Ann Curry Reports: Our Year of Extremes – Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?”
    http://www.nbcnews.com/#/news/video/our-year-extremes-did-climate-change-just-hit-home-part-n73936

    Should have had Judith Curry instead. Would have gotten real science, from a real scientist, a balanced presentation, and folks might have learned something too….

  51. Mumbles McGuirck says:

    Tom Trevor says:
    April 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    One of the top rated shows, besides the NBA playoffs and Game of Thrones was Naked and Afraid, maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger should try this show again, only this time naked, that should increase ratings.
    ———————————————————————————————————-
    Naw, that only works on the maid.

  52. “Harrison Ford investigates the global effects of the palm oil industry and corruption in Indonesia,”
    The most ironic part is it is the CAGW crew that created the palm oil industry in Indonesia with the whole bio-fuel push. Maybe showcasing that is not the best approch for the CAGW cause?

  53. Will Nelson says:

    geologyjim says:
    April 22, 2014 at 10:39 am
    **********************************
    Hopefully the wealth has been transferred to those that can use it more wisely.

  54. Janice Moore says:

    SO MANY GREAT COMMENTS (“Bore the trees to death” Jim S. — lol}, SO LITTLE TIME!:

    “I’ve never actually encountered a CAGW movement supporter who actually seemed personally scared of the climate predictions, like personally moving away from the coast specifically because of believed future sea level rise or moving further north for that reason. … .” Henry Clark (12:28pm)

    Yup. AGW was D.O.A. — and was ALWAYS and will always be:
    “… full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    Enter a Messenger… ” — who says….

    “CO2 UP. WARMING STOPPED.”

    {mirthless laughter from MacBeth}

    (“MacBeth” Act V)
    ******************************************************

    And Louis agrees with Henry (at 12:50pm): “For control freaks, life isn’t worth living unless they can tell others what to do.” {emphasis mine}

    Precisely.
    ****************************************************

    R. A. Cook (at 12:53 duck tailing off Fred at 11:15) — LOL.

    And now… the AGWers have BOUGHT THE FARM! ha, ha, ha, haaa

    ***************************************************
    Clear Sky (12:39pm): … the TV Rating Statistical Model calculated that this was the highest rated show.

    lol

    J.M.: And the IPCC’s models forecast that it would be a super hot show. LOL. A graph of “Actual versus Simulated Data,” here, would look remarkably familiar, heh.

  55. davidmhoffer says:

    rabbit says:
    April 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm
    For those that didn’t watch the show, it featured Anthony Watts with a horse and lance charging Arnold Schwarzenegger. Just before the lance reaches him, Arnold throws a knife into the horse’s eye. The horse goes down and Arnold dispatches Anthony with a scythe-like weapon, to the cheers of the climate alarmists.

    I didn’t watch it, and I’m not going to waste an hour of my life doing so, but I find that hard to believe. That would be very nearly text book incitement to violence.

  56. mrmethane says:

    Jeff in Calgary – there were a few mentions of palm oil in Climategate 2.

  57. Gunga Din says:

    They can take comfort in that The Wizard of Cause …er… COz ranked in the top 100.

  58. Gunga Din says:

    OOPS! That was “The Wizard of Oz“. My bad. I thought maybe Hansen’s muppets were in that also.
    No comfort after all.

  59. Aphan says:

    HAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha(gasp) AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! Thank you for the Monday Happy Moment. I shall smile all day.

  60. O.T…CLiven Bundy and supporters are true patriots…Harry reid is benedict arnold
    Btw..tortoise main diet is cow dung. No cows no tortoisel

  61. Mickey Reno says:

    If the producers of this show want to punch up the numbers, they should lead off the next episode with an airing of the 10:10 video. That will throw some ‘red meat’ to the base and really help “the cause.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-Mw5_EBk0g

  62. John Whitman says:

    “Years of Living Dangerously” will start for Mann when Appropriate UVA emails are released.

    John

  63. John Whitman says:

    “Years of Living Dangerously” will start for Hansen and Schmidt when new NASA GISS Director declares that the work process and product under Hansen will be investigated for compliance the CFR.

    John

  64. John Whitman says:

    “Years of Living Dangerously” will start for Lewandowsky and Cook when ‘Moon Hoax’ is also retracted.

    John

  65. Jaakko Kateenkorva says:

    Hypocrisy even at this magnitude is unlikely to be dangerous, but they’d better see a shrink.

  66. John Whitman says:

    “Years of Living Dangerously” will start for Oreskes when Havard University endowment contributors point out to the Trustees that no evil climate doubt merchants exist outside of her feverish exaggerations.

    John

  67. zootcadillac says:

    @davidmhoffer Rabbit’s comments were just a little play on the recent goings on in game of thrones. Which contained a scene similar to that which is described. Even though i am up to date with all the books Martin has published for that show I still find myself a slave to it. And I’m not ashamed. Science fantasy is exactly where a geek like me ought to be pigeon-holed ;)

    Long story short? He was creating a little parody for comedic effect.

  68. Steve from Rockwood says:

    TOTAL DIVAS. Isn’t that the show with Michael Mann and Gavin Schmidt?

  69. Steve from Rockwood says:

    If Harrison Ford is investigating palm oil then he has too much time on his hands.

  70. ntesdorf says:

    It is definitely worse than we thought! Not even the great Arnie, single handedly fighting Indonesian Busfires could save it!

  71. davidmhoffer says:

    zootcadillac says:
    April 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm
    @davidmhoffer Rabbit’s comments were just a little play on the recent goings on in game of thrones.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Heh, tx. I read books (including those) but I rarely watch the shows. I am invariably disappointed. In the case of Dune, I was outraged. Barely ever watch movies, tv, etc since then.

  72. deebodk says:

    mkelly says:
    April 22, 2014 at 11:02 am

    “What the heck is a new breed of forest fire?”

    If forest fires are getting worse it’s partly due to bad policy with regard to fighting them. They don’t allow natural fires to run their course, which results in overgrowth and the massive build-up of underbrush. That’s a lot of extra fuel. They have also cut back on controlled burns for clearing brush, don’t put in fire breaks where there should be fire breaks, and human infrastructure continues to expand into fire-prone areas. These factors have nothing whatsoever to do with “global warming” or “climate change”, yet that’s what fires are blamed on because it bolsters the narrative. All this has been covered on here before.

  73. John M says:

    Well, unless it goes by an abbreviation I don’t recognize, NO Showtime show made it to the top 100.
    So it could still be the #1 show in Sho’s Sunday lineup.
    Of course, that’s like saying Rachel Maddow is the #1 show on MessNBC.
    Kind of like the prettiest girl at the ugly dance but only different.

  74. RACookPE1978 says:

    Gunga Din says:
    April 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    OOPS! That was “The Wizard of Oz“. My bad. I thought maybe Hansen’s muppets were in that also.

    Odd.

    And here I was thinking that you DID want to refer to the “Wizard of COz”
    No particular reason, just becoz it sounded right.

  75. Chris Clark says:

    Actually this is bad news. The spread of palm-oil cultivation in Indonesia is extremely destructive to wildlife, particularly orangutans, and is heavily tied up with political corruption. I have seen the effects in the few years I have been going there. Tying up serious science with AGW alarmism simply turns people off to both of them.

  76. Martin 457 says:

    Didn’t turn on the tv but, how was this Palm-Oil investigated? Was he aware that there was different kinds of palms?

    Attack forest fire’s? They wait till your not looking and attack…..

  77. pat says:

    as a former “believer” who actually went to the trouble of reading the Climategate emails for myself, rather than allowing The Team/MSM gatekeepers/Govt whitewash inquiries to interpret them for me, i warned the MSM not to spend money on further scary CAGW docus because they would not have that endless-repeat value the industry so desires. kind of glad that didn’t hear me cos they’ve now sunk more millions into a dead cause & hastened the demise of the dinosaur media.

    pity they have so many more episodes yet to air!

  78. Chuck Nolan says:

    John M says:
    April 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm
    Well, unless it goes by an abbreviation I don’t recognize, NO Showtime show made it to the top 100.
    —————————-
    I missed it, too.
    cn

  79. MojoMojo says:

    “and YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY was at a dismal 0.04.  ”
    http://www.showbuzzdaily.com/articles/the-sked-sunday-ratings-28.html

  80. Txomin says:

    The IMDB is censoring reviews.

  81. Jimbo says:

    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.

    Huh!!! Hello! Biofuels of your own making.

    As for forest fires I will not waste my bandwidth with Mr. “I’ll be back.” It’s so 90’s. But IF he was in the boreal forests then he should relax and maybe also look at forest management practices and the actual DATA. It’s worse or not worse than we dreamed. What a pack of garbage.

    [US fire data

    ]

    Abstract – 2008
    Climate and wildfires in the North American boreal forest
    …Climate controls the area burned through changing the dynamics of large-scale teleconnection patterns (Pacific Decadal Oscillation/El Niño Southern Oscillation and Arctic Oscillation, PDO/ENSO and AO) that control the frequency of blocking highs over the continent at different time scales…
    ……Since the end of the Little Ice Age, the climate has been unusually moist and variable: large fire years have occurred in unusual years, fire frequency has decreased and fire–climate relationships have occurred at interannual to decadal time scales……
    http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/363/1501/2315.short
    ———————————

    Paper – 2008
    K.E Ruckstuhl et al
    Introduction. The boreal forest and global change

    ……In this issue, Macias & Johnson (2008) show that the frequency of these blocking highs in the North American boreal forest is controlled by the dynamics of large-scale teleconnection patterns (the Pacific Decadal Oscillation/El Niño-Southern Oscillation and the Arctic Oscillation). They also note that warming itself is not a predictor of increased fires since, as shown in previous studies, fire frequency across the North American boreal forest decreased as the Little Ice Age came to an end in the late nineteenth century (Johnson 1992; Bergeron & Archambault 1993). The study by Macias & Johnson (2008) provides not only evidence for the link between decadal-scale changes in the teleconnection patterns (e.g. the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) index) and the increased fire frequency in the late twentieth century but also an explanation of why the pattern of fire variability and fire-climate relationships changes at different time scales from centennial/decadal to interannual…..
    http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/363/1501/2243.short

    ———————————

    Abstract – 1998
    M.D. Flannigan et. al.
    Future wildfire in circumboreal forests in relation to global warming

    Despite increasing temperatures since the end of the Little Ice Age (ca. 1850), wildfire frequency has decreased as shown in many field studies from North America and Europe. We believe that global warming since 1850 may have triggered decreases in fire frequency in some regions and future warming may even lead to further decreases in fire frequency….
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2307/3237261/abstract
    doi:10.2307/3237261
    ———————————
    Abstract- September 1993
    Yves Bergeron et. al. – The Holocene
    Decreasing frequency of forest fires in the southern boreal zone of Québec and its relation to global warming since the end of the ‘Little Ice Age

    We present here evidence from fire and tree-ring chronologies that the post-‘Little Ice Age’ climate change has profoundly decreased the frequency of fires in the northwestern Québec boreal forest.
    doi: 10.1177/095968369300300307
    ———————————
    Abstract – February 2000
    Henri D. Grissino Mayer et. al. – The Holocene –
    ….Century scale climate forcing of fire regimes in the American Southwest

    Following a centuries-long dry period with high fire frequency (c. AD 1400-1790), annual precipitation increased, fire frequency decreased, and the season of fire shifted from predominantly midsummer to late spring….
    http://hol.sagepub.com/content/10/2/213.short

  82. PaulH says:

    So I guess global warming causes bad TV ratings, too?

  83. Doug says:

    That palm oil and corruption in Indonesia really is some bad news. A shame they discredited the problem by associating it with AWG and movie stars.

  84. Janice Moore says:

    “… pity they have so many more episodes yet to air!” (said Pat at 4:03pm)

    Oh, don’t you worry… “CANCELLED” can happen at any moment… .

    Heh, heh, heh.

    *****************

    R.A. Cook (and Gunga Din) (lol): “BeCOz, beCOz, beCOz, beCOz…..
    beCOOOOOOOz… beCOz of the wonderful things {it} dOz!…. Oooooh… weeeee’re……

    OFF to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of COz!”

  85. John Whitman says:

    “Years of Living Dangerously” will start for Gleick when a new president appoints a new attorney general who will agree with HI to press criminal charges against him.

  86. Bruce Cobb says:

    Of course, they won’t mention that it was and is the idiotic use of palm oil for biofuel which is fueling the huge increase in palm production, and the inevitable negative environmental consequences. Greenies just don’t get it. What they are doing in attacking “carbon” is terrible for the environment, has zero effect on climate, and just makes fuel more expensive, creating fuel poverty.

  87. MojoMojo says:

    “and YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY was at a dismal 0.04.  ”
    Their market share is about the same as CO2 % of the atmosphere.
    Hows that for karma?

  88. John Whitman says:

    “Years of Living Dangerously” will start for Mandia’s beloved Union of Concerned Scientists when the slow but sure self-correction in the broader climate science community shows the public its success in exposing the non-scientifically based activism that is the current basis of the union.

    John

  89. Jimbo says:

    Oh the irony. We had BIG OIL and now we have BIG PALM OIL? Biofuels fueled big palm in Indonesia with massive releases of ozone, soot and deforestation to power cars! LOL

  90. Janice Moore says:

    Nice work, Jimbo! (at 4:14pm) — Wanted to make sure you knew that someone read your encyclopedia chapter which was (POOF! there it appeared!) in moderation, apparently… .

    And YOU KEEP SAFE, dear Jimbo — do not EVER tell us your real name! We need you, here!

    Oh, and btw, (lol), the test used in U.S. courts of law for whether some one was “threatened” or not is the “reasonable person standard.” That is, would a reasonable person believe, under the circumstances, that he or she was being threatened. Applying that to your facts, NO. No RATIONAL person would have perceived your words as a real threat. And, no rational person would have written such a ridiculous reply to you, either.

    You go, Jimbo!

    Don’t sweat that pitiful little man.

    None of the rest of us do…. anymore…. .

  91. philjourdan says:

    THe boy has cried wolf too many times.

  92. …the wonderful wizard of CO2.

  93. Gunga Din says:

    So let’s just use that number for 2012-2013 of 1,142,000 TV households 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:

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    Maybe if one of the climate models had been a stripper……

  94. grant says:

    Just leave it to so called environmentalists to mismanage forests for years and years through endless lawsuits and misguided legislation, burn said forests to the ground and then claim global warming did it. You’ll never see another crowd like the Sierra Club so willfully blind to the damage they have done.
    It will continue until every acre of forest in California has burned. Some areas will have burned so hot and completely that they won’t recover for at least a hundred years. You can see it today driving through areas of the Complex fire in Yosemite that burned 30 years ago; no trees, just low brush.
    Now we suffer the effects of the 250,000 acre Rim Fire. Sections of National forests could have been thinned and fire breaks maintained for the inevitable fire.
    Global warming my ass! These forests used to be cleared naturally by fires that would consume brush and smaller trees but leave large trees unharmed. So now the fuel load is built up and, combined with the states annual 5 month dry period, is ready to explode. We’ll just wait around doing nothing until it does.

  95. En Passant says:

    Doesn’t this result classify in the ‘It’s worse than we thought ..’ category. However, it does lead to three testable hypothesises:
    1. The eco-loons will now turn up the volume of their hysterics
    2. They will increase their ad homs significantly; and (most dangerously)
    3. Climate Change be heard less and less, but will morph into a new format e.g. overpopulation is killing the planet, resource depletion (done before, but due for reincarnation), water conservation, whatever …

  96. Grey Lensman says:

    Perhaps Harrison Ford can explain why Palm Oil is so evil yet clear cutting North Carolina for firewood is akin to sainthood.

  97. pat says:

    Janice Moore says –

    “Oh, don’t you worry… “CANCELLED” can happen at any moment”

    indeed it can….it’s telling no major MSM has reviewed it as yet!

  98. Berener says:

    Quick pull out a fix trick from the Global Warming solutions bag. Hide the decline, use the ‘nature’, err, ‘ratings trick’, refuse to share the data and call everyone a denier who can’t take the information on ‘faith’.

  99. Janice Moore says:

    Hi, Pat (8:18pm) — yes, indeed, take heart!

    BORING …..
    “… I was amazed by how boring it was… .”

    “Boring Documentaries — A People’s History” by thishourhas22minutes

    No, the documentary under discussion was not made in Canada… . So what.

    Still BORING!

    And soon… CANCELLED. Heh.

    #(:))

  100. garymount says:

    Speaking of forest fires, wouldn’t there be more forest fires because of aerial CO2 fertilization causing trees to grow back more quickly than during the approaching dangerously low pre industrial levels of CO2 ?

  101. harkin says:

    When I want to know the global effects on palm oil, I always check with a 71 year old actor with an earring.

  102. H.R. says:

    I was very busy watching paint dry and couldn’t catch either show.

  103. GreggB says:

    It CAN’T be cancelled! The ratings just need to be adjusted and homogenized. Once THAT data is modelled, it will have been a hit!

    No, what we need to do now is find the missing ratings. My vote is the deep ocean …

  104. Bloke down the pub says:

    I wonder how many of the viewers were sceptics checking to see if the programme was as bad as they expected it to be?

  105. Jeff says:

    “Gamecock says:
    April 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    james says:
    April 22, 2014 at 11:29 am

    A new breed of forest fires , just when I thought it could not get any dumber.

    ==========================

    Hmmm . . . I’ve heard of ground fires. And crown fires. I’ve got it! ROOT FIRES! OMG!”

    I’ve heard of root fires where people try to burn out stumps…one fellow had his house go up because the tree roots apparently invaded the structure of his house (basement ceiling?). Don’t think it happens very often, though. Better root beer than root fires….

  106. DirkH says:

    CaligulaJones says:
    April 22, 2014 at 11:20 am
    “Actually, the saddest thing is the large number of fake “reality” shows on the list…”

    “Years of Living Dangerously” IS a “reality” show. Warmism is a “reality” science.

  107. knr says:

    Never heard of ‘Bob’s Burgers’ before , having watched a bit it fair to say if you being beaten in the viewing figuers by that you really do have issues.

  108. John Whitman says:

    “new breed of forest fires”

    Forest fire breeding between to consenting adult forest fires is moral and legal. Filming the breeding act is ‘hot’. : )

    John

  109. Mr. Lion says:

    Having worked in the entertainment world for some time, I can tell you that if anyone blew that amount of money on a production that got that kind of audience, they’d be fired, rehired, and fired again just to make a point.

    That is quite possibly the lowest rating I’ve ever seen or heard about for a new anything. Hell, it’s 85% less than Piers Morgan’s cancelled tripe on CNN, and the only watchers there were empty airport lounges.

  110. When exactly did documentry turn into code word for propaganda? As a kid I used to watch cool documentries on arctic wolves, detailing the social structure of the pack; and stuff like that. Now every documentry I see is just strait up propaganda.

  111. Pamela Gray says:

    Let me get this straight. The list is for shows on TV?

  112. Don E says:

    I agree with other commenters that it was boring. I expected much more from all that talent. Even with questionable content they could have made it more compelling. I generally like science fiction. I did not finish watching the first episode because there was something more entertaining that came on I wanted to see.

  113. Robert W Turner says:

    Perhaps Trenberth’s missing heat is hiding on Showtime, where no sees it.

  114. Clyde says:

    I didn’t read all comments so if this was already said sorry.

    The .04 is the demo audience not the total audience. Some sites use 18-49, other 25-54. I’m not sure which demo the .04 is referring to. I look at the TVBTN daily cable ratings all the time. So far the movie hasn’t made the top 100 on any day. It airs more than once a week. Just wanted to clarify before some “Doomer” has a fit.

  115. revnantdream says:

    People are getting smart. That, or sick of the whole Climate change narrative of doom & gloom. Most of us grew up with “Climate change”. Known back in the cave days as weather.
    Some oldsters like me had to live through Global Cooling in school.
    This is just another show extolling the virtues of embracing the Mother Goddess while promoting the Green Religion. Calling people who don’t believe their Mythology “deniers” . This group actually wants people in jail for not worshipping the Planet like they do.
    Its also a bid by the UN to transfer wealth made here to other Nations who are not producers because of politics or Islam.
    No wonder Bob’s Burgers did so well.
    15 years of showing cold temperatures below normal has revealed what most people knew. When has any weatherman been accurate daily, let alone for hundreds of years.
    Makes for good taxes though on an essential gas( carbon) for survival.
    Tax the air is the cry. Yet on Volcano that went off not long ago spewed more pollution than a centuries of so called clean ups. In fact nothing would change if the human race ceased to exist.
    We are not Gods that control Planets.

  116. Clyde says:

    Pamela Gray says:

    April 23, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Let me get this straight. The list is for shows on TV?

    —————————————

    The TVBTN link is the top 100 for cable only on Sunday night. They have broadcasts shows on different pages.

  117. Ed says:

    Seems their hockey stick is upside down.

  118. Richards in Vancouver says:

    Caution! Don’t be too triumphant. I think those ratings are probably hiding in the deep ocean.

    Along with a really new type of forest fire.

  119. DDP says:

    45,680 households? Yes, but that’s 97% of all TV viewers. In the world.

    /sarc

  120. Balanced Integer says:

    “So let’s just use that number for 2012-2013 of 1,142,000 TV households and multiply by 0.04. We get: 45,680 households viewing “Years of Living Dangerously”.

    According to the article, there are actually 114.2 million TV households in America, not 1.142 million. So there were actually 4.568 million households watching “Years of Living Dangerously.” Which is still an anemic number, but still…a website that looks to debunk the “scientific consensus” should make doubly sure to get its math right every time. If I were a liberal troll, I would be having a field day with this error.

    REPLY: From the Wiki article: “A single national ratings point represents one percent of the total number, or 1,142,000 households for the 2012–13 season.” The calc was based on 0.04 of a single ratings point, i.e 1.00. If they got a rating value of 1.00, there would be 1,142,000 households viewing the show, not 114.2 million – that value would require a rating of 100, which is impossible to achieve in the TV viewing world. Your value of 4.568 million housholds would be a rating of 4. The number I posted, 45,680 households, is correct.

    What I will do is clarify the language to say (in parenthesis):

    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.

    – Anthony

  121. jb frodsham says:

    I just watched part of the so called film, i had to turn it off and go out side to spew up.

  122. Tanya Aardman says:

    People aren’t even downloading it for free from torrentz or cloud sites. In fact one cloud site I visited had comments from users asking them not host the propaganda on the site!

  123. Cherpa1 says:

    How sweet it is!

  124. ShowBuzz had this printed today on their website regarding the show:
    YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY remained at a tiny 0.04 with 1 more episode to air.
    If the warmists thought that touting Grimm as turning warmist was going to help their ratings…
    didn’t happen.

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