Television Networks: Confusing Schedules Lead to Lost Viewers

When a television network postpones your favorite show due to a special two-hour movie or holiday event, doesn’t it just annoy the heck out of you?

We’ve all been there. You come home from a hard day of work, make some popcorn, slump down on the couch and turn on the television to watch a brand new episode of your favorite weekly series – only to find out it has been postponed a week due to a holiday special or a two-hour movie taking its timeslot. Doesn’t that just shoot your anger through the roof?

Television networks do have the right to postpone their programs because of wanting to show a two-hour movie or a Halloween day special, but that doesn’t change the fact it’s more of an inconvenience to you than anything else. Furthermore, if they do push back a series one or more weeks, shouldn’t they be obligated to display a commercial explaining when the next new episode of that series will air?

Personally, I find this happening frequently among the newest and most popular television shows. And that’s not even the end of it. The problem becomes even worse when the network changes the timeslot in which the program normally airs, and doesn’t tell you about it. Not all people have the time to visit a network’s website to check their daily television schedule, so they should instead display commercials indicating their programming changes.

When we think about this logically, it doesn’t make sense. You would think that a network would want to keep their schedule fairly stable in order to keep viewers tuned in to their programs. Constantly move around timeslots, and you’ll annoy your target audience to the point where eventually, they won’t watch your channel anymore. But apparently, the networks aren’t getting the message, or if they are, they’re not doing anything about it.

One way a network attempts to somewhat resolve the problem is to hold a full day marathon showing several back-to-back new episodes of a series. But does this justify pushing back your favorite program for weeks at a time? I don’t think so, but what’s your opinion?

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