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#21 topropepodcast

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 06:30 PM

Now also being reported the plan is for it to move to 3 hours as well. Great.

Fox's prime time window is only 2 hours. The local affiliates love they can do the 10 pm news and the ratings bump it can give.

So no way to do 3 hours and satisfy the affiliates.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 06:50 PM


This is a massive success but he didn't create the situation. He just kept a steady ship that could benefit from it.


This is pretty important and I think deserving of quite a bit of credit.  I haven't been a fan of much of the main roster creative over the last 18 months, but he built a model that grew to and could sustain business at this level while never letting creative fall to a point that it imperiled the business as a going concern.



Agreed. He basically kept creating new sources of income so that when one fell off, it didn't hurt them massively. And then it reached a point were it's almost impossible for business to suffer much no matter how bad the booking/writing gets.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 08:33 PM

Now also being reported the plan is for it to move to 3 hours as well. Great.

Cant see this happening. Fox gives the 10pm hour to local affiliates for news and other programming. Unless they are expanding to 3 hours in prime time every night I dont think this is accurate.

#24 flyonthewall2983

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 09:38 PM

Maybe they start an hour early?

#25 Strummer

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 09:41 PM

Maybe but then you are stepping on more local affiliate programming. If it was on a weekend I could see them doing that but not on a weekday

#26 BrianB

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 06:38 PM

What numbers does FOX currently do on Fridays between 7 and 10?

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 06:45 PM

Last Friday MasterChef did an average of 3.32 million viewers 8-10pm. Week before that a show on Meghan Markle at 8pm did 3.68m.

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 09:30 AM

If this means less MasterChef episodes on Fox I'm doubly excited.

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 02:18 PM

Yeah, there's no way Smackdown goes to 3 hours either way. 7-8 pm is for syndicated programming and 10-11 is for local news, both of those are big revenue streams for the local affiliates. If Fox messes with that, they'd have a shit storm on their hands. 


What will be interesting is that a lot of Fox stations (like mine) are owned by Sinclair. So you could be seeing ROH ads in during Smackdown in the local buys. 

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 03:23 PM

The 3 hours thing was debunked. The source credited an article somewhere else that never even said that.

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