Predicting TV Show Success

Most of y’all know that I write a weekly column for actors called The Actors Voice. Well, I wanted to specifically mention this week’s column for those of you who (like me) enjoy a little behind-the-scenes calculation about which TV shows will be given the best shot each season. Yes, I’m a big ol’ math geek. I embrace that truth.
Ever wonder why some shows (Emily’s Reasons Why Not) will be given only one episode to prove themselves while others (Joey) are kept on life support far longer than ratings should allow? Well, there’s actually some measure of predicting you can do this time of year to get an idea of what the fall season will look like.
I hope you’ll enjoy the piece and share your comments here. Thanks.

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  1. Avatar Frances April 18, 2006 at 12:06 am

    Every Sunday night, I rush myself to bed in anticipation of the Actors Voice column to post in only a few hours. And while I’m never disappointed by the insights, wit, or satisfying level of geek content in the articles published, I had to let you know that you really outdid yourself this time! Hands-down the most SMFA-friendly column ever!!
    Many, many thanks and bows of marvel at your seemingly-endless talents. Can’t wait to see how your predictions play out in mid-May – this is even funner than “Deal or No Deal”! =)

  2. Avatar Bon April 18, 2006 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks, Franny. I’m pretty dang proud of this particular column (and it’s actually way geekier than I let on in print, as you’d probably suspect), so I’m thrilled that a fellow stats junkie enjoyed it too. 😉
    Hope you’re having a delightful spring! XXOO