THESE NUMBERS DON’T LIE
Catalyst December 1997
Here’s more evidence that ABC holds “Nothing Sacred” to a different standard (actually, none at all) than it does every other show. The network is not ordering any more episodes of its new comedy series, “You Wish,” (it merited only a half season), but is committed to a full slate for “Nothing Sacred.”
Here’s how the two shows compared in terms of ratings (1 point is 980,000 homes) and shares (percentage of TV sets in use) for the first five weeks that they were on together:
The league’s comment to the press on this matter is printed below:
“The evidence continues to mount that ABC has an agenda with ‘Nothing Sacred.’ The reason that the show has always been treated differently by ABC is due to its birth: its womb is political. In other words, propaganda dressed as entertainment has been the essence of ‘Nothing Sacred’ de novo.
“Over the five weeks that ‘You Wish’ and ‘Nothing Sacred’ were on, ‘You Wish’ consistently beat ‘Nothing Sacred,’ and it did so handily. Indeed, on average, ‘You Wish’ placed 63rd in the rankings while ‘Nothing Sacred’ was 85th. The proof is in the numbers and what they tell us is this: there are two standards at the network—one for ‘Nothing Sacred’ and one for every other show.”