Saturday, September 23, 2006

TV vs. Movies - Symbiosis or Death Battle?

I wish I could say that I had predicted the growing symbiosis of television and movies. The best I can claim about my own predictions on this "clash" of these technologies is that I never made one. That's a lot better than most media/tech gurus who enjoyed the attention they could get by making the usual dire forecasts of the imminent demise of an old media at the ruthless testosterone-flushed hands of a radical young new one. And, as is most often the case, several years later they are wrong. Oh, by the way, it's amusing to notice that each of these media was supposed to kill of the other. First, TV would ruin the movie business. Now, movies are supposed to be undermining TV.

“Thursday is considered the most lucrative night in the television business, primarily because movie companies want to advertise right before the weekend.”

“’Grey's Anatomy’ had 25.4 million viewers for its season premiere, compared with 22.6 million for "CSI" in the same 9 p.m. Thursday time slot, according to Nielsen Media Research.”

From: “The Doctors Are In: 'Grey's Anatomy' Beats 'CSI'; 'ER' Edges Series Premieres” from the Associated Press, Saturday, September 23, 2006; C08, Washington Post

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