Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Rabbittown Loses Out

So it seems that Rabbittown the series is not to be*, at least not through CBC's attempt at Canadian Series Idol from this past January. Rabbittown was one of three pilots vying for a shot at a series on CBC. This Space for Rent won the prize. Now, I was not a fan of Rabbittown and I did like This Space for Rent more but you have to be fair about this don't you? Rabbittown got the highest ratings (251,000 compared to This Space for Rent's 188,000). Surely in any other television universe this would mean something but not for CBC (I adore CBC Radio and CBC news but their television programming sucks. They got rid of This is Wonderland, for God's sake). No, the CBC says that This Space for Rent is "an example of the kind of show the network is looking for". Is the network looking for lower ratings? Does it get more money from the government if it haemorrhages more? I don't get it and I'm not sure CBC does either.

* This information was garnered through the Globe and Mail. The article is now for subscribers only so I did not post a link.


At 12:13 PM, Blogger towniebastard said...

To be fair, none of the shows should have been picked up. Even with 255,000 people watching Rabbittown, it's a fairly abysmal number. It basically means hardly anyone outside of Newfoundland was watching. For that matter, hardly anyone in Newfoundland was watching.

To put it in comparison, Hatching, Matching and Dispatching drew about 600,000 viewers when it did it's test run, which was a solid number.

I wonder how good the ratings were for its six episode run. I only caught a few. The combination of it being on Friday nights (terrible time slot) and the weirdness of getting our CBC from Yellowknife, which is two hours behind Iqaluit, meant I normally forgot it was on (I think it aired around 11:30 p.m. here).

It did seem to get better, which is to be expected. Pilots are always rough. You just don't want them to suck, which Rabbittown kind of did.

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Sure b'y said...

That's true, Craig. Those kinds of numbers are pathetic but to take one of them anyway and it not having the highest numbers is wrong.

I remember Mary Walsh was on with Karl Wells on CBC and when he referred to ratings (for Hatching, Matching and Dispatching) of 500,000, she told him that he must be using old numbers since they had gone up a lot since then.


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