Friday, May 18, 2007

Love-Hate Relationship with Sweeps Weeks

Usually, I look forward to May and the sweeps - ratings periods for tv shows. All the favorite shows I like to watch do their season finales - some two-parters which give you something to look forward to in the fall. The shows tend to tie up any loose ends while interjecting a new twist for the next season. It's enjoyable and can certainly provide for an entertaining distraction from everyday work and obligations. This is the 'love' portion of the relationship.

As for the 'hate'...it's developed this year as a result of the local news shows which have sent me over the edge. I have yet to sit through a prime time show without doom and gloom coming up at 11.

If you actually paid attention, you'd find your children aren't safe, seniors aren't safe, YOU aren't safe...deep baritone voices using alliteration to scare you and hope that you're worried enough to tune in...

And then you couple that with the normal gloom and doom - if it bleeds it leads - approach to the regular news cast...and you'd think the world was about to end.

I quit watching the news casts quite some time ago because of this, but you can't avoid it during sweeps....which is too bad.

3 comments:

historymike said...

Ugh... sweeps weeks are yet another reason for me to toss my TV in the Maumee.

Maggie Thurber said...

Ah - but if I threw my tv into the Maumee (bay, that is), how could I watch the Red Wings and America's Cup???

The price we pay...

Hooda Thunkit said...

Gee, and you'd also miss at least one of the local reporters "discovering" teen-age prostitution (again)...

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