Monday, April 16, 2018

Lightening up

For the last few weeks on this blog, it seems like I've been beating up on Buzzr a lot. Don't really mean to sound so grumpy, because I honestly want the diginet to succeed. The more outlets for our little genre, the better.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I went to the Buzzr Twitch channel and found 320 viewers watching a Blockbusters ep. Okay, that's hardly an enormous throng, but it beats the 70 or 80 that have usually shown up in the past. Maybe it was just a group of lonely insomniacs at the witching hour (including me). But viewers are viewers are viewers.

I still think that Buzzr has to modernize its lineup with, say, reruns of the current versions of The Price is Right and Let's Make a Deal. Otherwise the diginet will always be a tiny sub-niche oldies outlet in the already small niche of game shows.

Speaking of which, I found an old Q&A column from a Washington Post TV critic that reflects most pundits' view of game show classics. Somebody complained to WashPo critic Hank Steuver about too many reruns on Buzzr. Steuver groused in reply: May I ever-so-respectfully suggest that if you're encountering the same 40-year-old game-show reruns over and over on Buzzr that you either join us in the television present or find something else to do.

Not an oldies kind of guy.

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  1. Obviously the Bob Barker episodes of the Price is Right would get viewers, but reruns of Drew Carey's eps would be a good start. I think Buzzr neglects the weekends during the day. Maybe open up weekends to new shows from the Fremantle library. I have said it before on here, the rerun abuse on Buzzr is bad. And I fear GSN is catching it with the $25,000 Pyramid in the mornings. To me it seems like they are showing the same shows in a loop:-(

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  2. 4100 people were watching the PYL marathon they ran last month. It's doing well for them.

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    1. Really, at one time? That's far more than I've ever seen for the Twitch feed. As I type this comment, they're back to their usual levels with 72 people.

      I wonder if the diginet itself gets 4100 viewers most of the time.

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  3. I saw that the marathon got 2,000, considering that was late into the marathon, I believe it got up to 4,100. Of course after the marathon, the number dropped from about 2,000 to 50 within a half hour.

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  4. Kind of hard to understand why a PYL marathon would get such big numbers (by Buzzr Twitch standards). The show is in the regular rotation on the Twitch channel, according to the site.

    Now if they tried a TPiR marathon...

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  5. PYL didn't join the lineup until March 31st. They had their marathon on Friday the 30th to mark the debut to the channel. It's a recent addition.

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  6. Okay, then I guess there were some special circumstances to explain the audience on Twitch. But PYL has kicked around GSN for years and there's plenty of the show on YouTube and now on the diginet itself. So I doubt that PYL will get any more audiences of 4,000 on the Twitch feed.

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    1. Oh, I agree with you totally on that. They're probably not going to generate viewers even close to that for awhile. It's early where I live, but they're entertaining an audience of 55 people.

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  7. I said that about Buzzr long ago, they need to find a way to use recent TPIR and LMAD eps to boost interest in the diginet. I'm sure there are legal hoops with CBS to clear, but either as a prime time or weekend offering only, running 5-year-old eps of each would seem to be a benefit to both networks if done correctly.

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    1. Interestingly enough, Game TV in Canada aired Drew Carey episodes of TPIR for awhile. They don't anymore, but I would agree that rerunning recent episodes of those two shows (and Harvey Feud) would be a good ratings move. The more I think about it, the more I wonder why they don't.

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  8. Nice to see Blockbusters back on the lineup but these appear to be the same episodes they ran into the ground before. They missed a golden opportunity to air a Rafferty hour since they also air CS at 4pm.

    Unless CBS is looking for a big deal from a cable network for the same day reruns of TPiR and LMaD, I don't see why Buzzr cannot air them.
    Maybe they are holding off for Viacom to bid high for them and put them on TV LAND? TV Land aired Harvey Feud at one point and it was pulled rather quickly.

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    1. That didn't last long because it didn't work on a sitcom/drama network.

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    2. Pop (formerly TV GUIDE) still airs one of the CBS soaps, I think at 6pm. Used to air at 6:30 when they aired CNG.

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  9. Even Buzzr going after Harvey Feud would help. But I doubt they'll fight with GSN over that.

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