HDTV Ratings: July 29-31

What is wrong with this country when a new comedy as hysterically funny as Raising Hope draws half the viewership of the umpteenth re-run of Two and Half Men?

Last night’s HD premiere of the hilarious new sensation from My Name is Earl creator Greg Garcia finished third behind TV2’s Men and TV One’s The Food Truck.

It’s hard to want to even continue writing about television when a show as fresh and memorable as Raising Hope rates so poorly.

If you were among the thousands who missed it, do yourself, TV3 and anyone who fervently believes in quality television a favour by catching up with it on-demand before the next episode airs.

Television this sharp, this clever, this unbelievably moving is a rare beast indeed.

How an exquisitely bad taste comedy about the no-hoper son of a white trash couple raising his executed serial killer girlfriend’s child can pull off a scene as joyful as the kid being lulled to sleep by a poignant rendition of Kenny Loggins’ Danny’s Song is beyond this screen scribe’s comprehension – as were the premiere’s dismal ratings.

Only 6% of 25-54 year-olds tuned in, compared to Men’s 11.6% and The Food Truck’s 12.4%.

On Saturday night, TV3’s ITM Fishing Show continues to close the gap with TV One’s Hyundai Country Calendar, with barely three ratings points separating them.

Later that night, TV2’s free-to-air HD premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button finished ahead of yet another repeat of Kiss the Girls on TV3 in the 25-54 contest but behind the FTA premiere of Run Fatboy Run on TV One.

However, with TV2’s target audience of 18-39 year-olds, Benjamin was right on the button, drawing nearly twice the viewership of the competition on either TV One or TV3.

However, TV3 again won Friday night when TV2’s HD double-bill of The Vampire Diaries and Nikita slipped even further behind The Graham Norton Show and 7 Days, although Diairies was more competitive in the 18-39 demo, where it rated 7.7% compared with Norton’s 10.6%.

But in the same demo, Nikita could muster barely half the viewership of 7 Days.

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2 Responses to “HDTV Ratings: July 29-31”

  1. I watched that episode of Raising Hope twice last night, it was that good. And then today at school I was like, “Who watched Raising Hope last night?” and just got blank looks. People make me angry.

  2. After reading this I watched it on demand on TV3, I didn’t finish it. It not the bees knees for everyone.

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