Oh, yes, I'm calling out OPRAH!! I was tuning into MSNBC today and saw the program head for Discovery Channel (OWN) and he was saying "be patient"!! Ratings? HA! "It takes cable channels years to develop a following."
Now, I don't know much about running a giant cable channel but I do know a little something about building a fan base. Oprah blew it when she dissed "Daytime TV" in her video message to Soap Stars, out in April.
In other words, kiss off!! "The support of the audience" is the key, as she's said-- but guess what? Bet you're WISHING you had that kind of numbers for your floundering shows on OWN about now.
You know what she should have done?
How about at least saying she'd TRY to come to the rescue and "talk with people" about having them come over to her network? Maybe say "I'd love to explore the possibilities" of a scripted show on OWN and would work really had to help the soap fans find a home on this network. NOW don't GET ME WRONG , I have no clue the money or "legal stuff" that would go into such a venture but the big O could have at least pretended to care. Can you imagine if she forged something with Susan Lucci for saving AMC and had that as a point on her new channel?? If she would have threw a crumb, we would have followed and been forever grateful.
Ah, but she didn't Blanche, she didn't.
Instead, her network is a big ol' ratings flatline. I am going out there and saying this: Many of us, No..MOST of us that would watch her following our soaps just DON'T WANT TO TUNE in anymore. The big 'built in audience" We are GONE lady.
FROM MSNBC...read the full article at the top link, good stuff!
“I’ve been in TV all my life and I know most television programmers do not start the meeting by ‘How is this going to serve the viewer?’ ” Winfrey said. “Numbers are important, but they’re not as important to me right now as they might be to you. What I’m concerned about is building the channel with programming that is meaningful to our viewers.”
Oh we Daytime fans know what you could have tried to do to make OWN meaningful. We know.