Tuesday, July 18, 2017

 

Cable TV mysteries

I'm not a big TV watcher-- in fact, I am thinking about cutting the cable, since I watch so rarely. Even so, I'm a little shocked at how little I know about popular shows these days. Below is a list of the most popular shows on cable last Friday, in order. Not only have I not seen these shows, I haven't heard of most of them. I haven't even heard of many of these networks! Home and Garden has a TV channel???? And what in the world is "BizAardvark?" I'm kind of hoping that BizAardvark is a re-imagining of the Arthur cartoon with more of a business focus, but I'm probably wrong...


Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts: Friday July 14, 2017    P18-49    P2+
Rank    Program    Net    Start    Mins    Rating    (000s)
1    LIVE PD: 51 LIVE PD    A&E NETWORK    9:00 PM    180    0.57    1,663
2    WILLIAMS STREAM    ADULT SWIM    4:00 AM    15    0.34    728
3    WILLIAMS STREAM    ADULT SWIM    4:15 AM    15    0.31    658
4    RACHEL MADDOW SHOW    MSNBC    9:00 PM    60    0.29    2,518
5    DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES    FOOD NETWORK    9:00 PM    30    0.28    1,017
6    MUTT & STUFF    NICKELODEON    9:30 AM    30    0.28    1,165
7    PUPPY DOG PALS    DISNEY CHANNEL    9:00 AM    25    0.27    1,347
8    BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT    HOME AND GARDEN TV    9:30 PM    30    0.27    1,398
9    DEADLY SINS    INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY    10:00 PM    60    0.25    851
10    BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT    HOME AND GARDEN TV    9:00 PM    30    0.25    1,325
11    MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER    DISNEY CHANNEL    8:30 AM    25    0.25    1,091
12    LION GUARD    DISNEY CHANNEL    8:00 AM    25    0.23    1,057
13    PARDON THE INTERRUPTION    ESPN    5:30 PM    30    0.23    585
14    TENNIS: WIMBLEDON       L: MENS SEMIFINAL    ESPN    8:00 AM    360    0.21    987
15    ANCIENT ALIENS    HISTORY    9:00 PM    63    0.21    1,146
16    K.C. UNDERCOVER    DISNEY CHANNEL    8:30 PM    30    0.19    1,202
17    MIGHTY MAGISWORDS    THE CARTOON NETWORK    4:00 PM    15    0.19    801
18    HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE    ESPN    4:30 PM    30    0.19    383
19    BIZAARDVARK    DISNEY CHANNEL    9:00 PM    25    0.18    1,159
20    K.C. UNDERCOVER    DISNEY CHANNEL    8:00 PM    30    0.18    1,063
21    AROUND THE HORN    ESPN    5:00 PM    30    0.18    409
22    BELLATOR MMA LIVE: 181    SPIKE TV    9:00 PM    130    0.17    514
23    AMERICAS NEWSROOM    FOX NEWS CHANNEL    10:00 AM    60    0.17    1,441
24    FOX AND FRIENDS    FOX NEWS CHANNEL    7:00 AM    60    0.17    1,441
25    KILLJOYS    SYFY    8:00 PM    60    0.17    638
26    HAPPENING NOW    FOX NEWS CHANNEL    11:00 AM    60    0.17    1,362
27    SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER    FOX NEWS CHANNEL    6:00 PM    60    0.17    1,818
28    OUTNUMBERED    FOX NEWS CHANNEL    12:00 PM    60    0.17    1,397
29    WATCHMEN: WATCHMEN    HBO PRIME    8:15 PM    162    0.17    494
30    LATE NIGHT SNACK    TRUTV    11:30 PM    30    0.17    336
31    TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT    FOX NEWS CHANNEL    8:00 PM    60    0.16    2,100
32    FOX AND FRIENDS    FOX NEWS CHANNEL    8:00 AM    60    0.16    1,636
33    SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L    ESPN    1:00 AM    60    0.16    386
34    ANDERSON COOPER 360    CNN    8:00 PM    60    0.16    818
35    PAW PATROL    NICK JR    7:00 PM    30    0.16    572
36    AMERICAS NEWSROOM    FOX NEWS CHANNEL    9:00 AM    60    0.16    1,505
37    SPORTSNATION        L    ESPN    3:30 PM    60    0.16    336
38    DARK MATTER    SYFY    9:00 PM    60    0.15    568
39    FOX NEWS SPECIALISTS, THE    FOX NEWS CHANNEL    5:00 PM    60    0.15    1,463
40    SHEPARD SMITH REPORTING    FOX NEWS CHANNEL    3:00 PM    60    0.15    1,124

Comments:
We do not have cable or dish. But when we travel, we like to watch MSNBC, and especially Rachel Maddow. Mostly we watch Netflix series and news, and follow a couple of CBS series. Don't have time for most TV!
 
I would like you to know that the only show on that list I watched last Friday was The Rachel Maddow Show. That said, I have heard of HGTV, The Food Network, A&E, ESPN and the Disney Channel. The shows however are lost on me.

 
Professor, how can you be so connected to Waco and not know HGTV? Chip and Joanna Gaines of 'Fixer Upper' (HGTV show) fame have basically launched an empire in your old neighborhood...
 
Oh, them! I haven't seen the show. They did live two doors down from me in Waco, though-- in a house previously occupied by Todd Lake and Linda Livingstone (at separate times).
 
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