Dalex64
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October 24th, 2015 at 6:58:43 AM permalink
I think it means that the british are more culturally open and accepting, and don't need to have things retooled into their home environment in order to enjoy them.

Here is a list of british shows adapted to the US. Some were flops, some the original even played better here, and some were huge hits.

us shows based on uk shows
redjohn
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October 24th, 2015 at 9:57:52 AM permalink
PBS averaged a 1.46 primetime household rating during the 2014-'15 season. Not exactly everybody is watching.
Greasyjohn
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October 24th, 2015 at 10:19:33 AM permalink
You know what I really dislike about all the commercials on TV? It's those commercials that at the end say "If you call right now we will include not one but two bla bla bla, just pay separate handling and shipping. But wait! We'll also include barbecue tongs and a rubber twist off lid grabber--free."

So you're buying two bla bla bla, tongs and a lid grabber.

Try calling the 800-number to get just one bla bla bla. There's usually no way to talk to a live person.

Buy one suit get one free? Guess what, you just bought two suits.
Dalex64
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October 24th, 2015 at 11:25:22 AM permalink
They used to show the shipping and handling, now processing and handling, charges on the card at the end of the ad. They must not have to do that anymore, I haven't seen it in a long time.
EvenBob
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October 24th, 2015 at 11:46:25 AM permalink
Quote: redjohn

PBS averaged a 1.46 primetime household rating during the 2014-'15 season. Not exactly everybody is watching.



That's what I'm saying, those are the
ratings a crappy cable network gets.
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SanchoPanza
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October 24th, 2015 at 11:50:40 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

That's what I'm saying, those are the ratings a crappy cable network gets.

Well Fox News bragged about the first Republican debate getting a record 24 million viewers, the exact same figure given elsewhere in this thread for "Downton Abby."
HowMany
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October 24th, 2015 at 6:44:53 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

In the 50's an hour show was 52-53min long.



Over 5 million people weren't able to enjoy the 52-53 minute programs in the 1950's.

They were either dead or paralyzed due to polio.
HeySlick
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October 25th, 2015 at 6:54:26 AM permalink
Quote: HowMany

Over 5 million people weren't able to enjoy the 52-53 minute programs in the 1950's.

They were either dead or paralyzed due to polio.





I believe you're sadly mistaken about those numbers above. FYI ( At its peak in the 1940s and 1950s, polio would paralyze or kill over half a million people worldwide every year).


On March 26, 1953, American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio. In 1952–an epidemic year for polio–there were 58,000 new cases reported in the United States, and more than 3,000 died from the disease. For promising eventually to eradicate the disease, which is known as “infant paralysis” because it mainly affects children, Dr. Salk was celebrated as the great doctor-benefactor of his time.
HowMany
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October 25th, 2015 at 8:55:57 AM permalink
Perhaps I'm wrong (I often am), but isn't a half million a year multiplied by 10 years = 5 mil?
darkoz
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October 25th, 2015 at 9:11:06 AM permalink
What the hell is the whole purpose of this Polio argument.

You can say that about any decade and disease.

Millions of people were dead, dying or in chemo from Cancer in the 2000's so they didn't watch television!

So what does that have to do with the discussion of ratings and BBC vs. US shows and running length?
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