While I still tinker with my FOX vs. FCC story -- one that could reshape the way the FCC censors television in either direction -- I've got some smaller stories to report for you. Two much hyped shows, George Lucas' Clone Wars animated cartoon, and Sanctuary (Scifi), both started off to great numbers and both have taken a beating in the ratings once people actually got to see these shows for a length of time.
According to TV By The Numbers (my favorite ratings site) Clone Wars debuted to 2.36 million viewers which may not sound like much, for for a toon on cable, that's pretty good business right there. By it's fourth episode in October, it was down to 1.55 million and dropping every single week.
Sanctuary debuted to 1.84 million but has crashed to 1.16 as of its fourth ep. At this point it's doing even worse than the recently canceled and still most excellent Stargate Atlantis. SGA, by the way, is out performing Mad Men on AMC even though the latter recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama. It has been bouncing between 1.19 million at its high (Oct 26) and a paltry half a million (Sep 21) for those two months and clearly the public doesn't think as highly of the show as the academy does. I hate to say it since ratings don't always equal quality (Firefly is still the best show either on or off television since it had last aired) but when that few people are watching a show, how can the academy hand it the "best show of that genre" when hardly anybody even watches it?