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:

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.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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DontGetOutMuch

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

Robert W Turner

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

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

geologyjim

Couldn’t happen to a more fitting bunch of airheads and clowns.
Best of all, they wasted their own money on this!
Priceless.

Andy

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

Latimer Alder

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

dazone60

Ron
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cnxtim

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 …

hunter

Wow, the climate hype did that well?

zootcadillac

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.

Code Monkey Wrench

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

Janice Moore

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.”
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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!

Patrick B

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.

JimS

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)

mkelly

“…as they battle a new breed of forest fires.”
What the heck is a new breed of forest fire?

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7

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 .

John in Lac du Bonnet

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.

durango12

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

Tom O

“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!

Kenny

The reason for the low ratings……Global Warming.

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!

Janice Moore

And they couldn’t beat even THIS….
“Bob’s Burgers”

Pitiful.

Warren in Minnesota

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

Gamecock

Reruns of Chumlee beat it! How embarrassing!

Fred

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

CaligulaJones

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

more soylent green!

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!

james

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

Mac the Knife

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?

You wouldn’t catch Stallone doing one of these.

Reg Nelson

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.

JimS

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

ch

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

Latitude

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

rogerknights

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

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.

Richard Mallett

Looks like ‘BREAK’ did pretty well.

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

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).

“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.

John Boles

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.

rabbit

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.

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.

clearsky

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.

Gamecock

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

Louis

“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.

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

Jeff

“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 🙂

Fred says:
April 22, 2014 at 11:15 am
Look, over there, a Wolf!
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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!

Jeff

“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….