Established Comedies Prove Oldies But Goodies
- 'Seinfeld's' run hurt by sun, switch. Grego, Melissa // Daily Variety;04/27/2001, Vol. 271 Issue 42, p5
Focuses on decline of ratings for 'Seinfeld' repeats in broadcast syndication in the United States for the week ended April 15, 2001. Situation comedy's season-to-date average ratings; Daylight-saving time; Switch of stations in several markets.
- No laughing matter. Freeman, Michael // Brandweek;5/27/96, Vol. 37 Issue 22, Adweek 1996 Upfront p34
Reports on the challenge faced by first-run television syndicators from popular sitcom reruns. Comments of Rich Godfarb of New World Sales & Marketing to the upfront market; Targeting of prime time clearances by `Access Hollywood'; Impact of the off-network strips on the 1996 upfront season.
- No laughing matter. Freeman, Michael // MediaWeek;5/27/96, Vol. 6 Issue 22, Adweek p34
Reports on the implications of station group consolidations and broadcast network expansion on television syndication. Availability of commercial airtimes during prime time; Focus on sitcom reruns as alternative to prime time commercial airtimes.
- Tribune says yes to `Will & Grace'. Wang, Karissa S. // Electronic Media;03/20/2000, Vol. 19 Issue 12, p2
Focuses on Tribune Broadcasting Co.'s acquisition of the sitcom `Will & Grace.' First major syndication buy for fall 2002 in the United States; Success with the off-network runs of shows such as `Friends.'
- A diminishing return? Ault, Susanne // Broadcasting & Cable;7/30/2001, Vol. 131 Issue 32, p22
Reports on airing of sitcoms on cable television in the United States as of July 30, 2001. Impact on syndication of sitcoms in the broadcast television market.
- Post-'95 sitcom strength debated. Coe, Steve // Broadcasting & Cable;4/24/95, Vol. 125 Issue 17, p19
Reports on reasons for the unlikelihood of a repeat performance for syndicated situation comedies (sitcoms) in the marketplace. Debut of Buena Vista's `Home Improvement' and Columbia TriStar's `Seinfeld' into off-network syndication; Mixed opinions on the strength and potential of other sitcoms;...
- The Comedy Drought. Grossman, Ben // Broadcasting & Cable;3/26/2007, Vol. 137 Issue 13, p15
The article examines a report from the MagnaGlobal media research firm citing a significant drop in ratings for syndicated comedy programming on local television stations. Audience losses for long running programs such as "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Friends," and "Seinfeld" are given. The lack...
- Syndie's sitcom slump socks stations. Dempsey, John // Variety;6/18/2007, Vol. 407 Issue 5, p17
The article reports on the decline in viewers of syndicated comedies and the potential effects on other shows. Industry executives are concerned for the ratings of new situation comedy programs without the popularity of the former as lead-ins. The drop in syndicated comedy ratings has been...
- Cablers filling broadcasters' comedy vaccuum. Dempsey, John // Variety;10/6/2008, Vol. 412 Issue 8, p20
The article reports that U.S. cable television networks are developing their own situation comedy programs, rather than relying on a supply of such programming through syndication deals with networks. The comedy productions of a number of cable networks are described including offerings from...