phantagrae Posted October 22, 2015 Posted October 22, 2015 Here is the deal with viewers of a long-time show like BBT. They will watch often even if they are bored so ratings are not reflecting of what they are feeling or thinking. It is sad because that means the networks won't pay attention since their viewership numbers are still good, but it does not mean the audience is a happy audience. Judging from comments, sure they think it is funny, but they are not happy with the show and with the Shamy storyline in particular. They feel jokes are stale and getting old, the writers are running out of ideas and that the Shamy storyline is all over the place and not funny. But they keep tuning in hoping that things will improve and get better. It is a habit with them by now, because they have been watching it already for 8 seasons. Sadly, there really isn't a way, short of audience leaving completely, that the writers will get the hint that they are missing the mark if viewers keep coming back to watch. They may watch polls and may look at viewer comments, but they are not giving them much weight. They have a story to tell (or think they do) and they will do what they want. The other consideration is that other than The Voice, there really is zero competition for BBT during their time slot on Monday's and even less competition during their time slot on Thursdays. So that also works in their favor. Other networks just are not putting anything out there to compete with the show. It still is "the best" show given its timeslot and competition. But if say ABC decided to run Modern Family against BBT or one of their popular dramas against it, I don't know if it would remain as strong. What if FOX moved Empire opposite it, would it keep audience? Same with NBC's Blindspot or HBO's Veep in the same time slot? So while the writers are comfortable they have audience, is it really fair that to translate it that they are happy? Not really.But do we really know that the audience is getting bored or think the jokes are stale, based on the comments of people on the internet? This show has had people griping online about changed characters, stale jokes, boring storylines since almost the beginning or at least since S4, when Amy was introduced. This was even as the ratings began to skyrocket.People love to complain about TV online--it's practically a national pastime. And those who are enjoying the show as it is are less likely to go online--especially among the wider audience.The writers are not naive and are not operating in a vacuum. They do get immediate feedback from the studio audience and probably have a better feel for the mood of the audience than do the writers of shows like Modern Family, who write more or less in a vacuum, not knowing how the audience will react until after the episodes start to air.Just because a percentage of the audience doesn't like or understand a particular storyline doesn't mean the writers don't know what they're doing and need us to tell them what to do. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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