2012-04-16 07:30:11 UTC
This should be an interesting discussion....
What cable channels are performing poorly? Failing? What about those
that started out to be something big, but never really made it? We
hear about which ones do well all the time (USA, TBS, ESPN, TNT, A&E,
et al), but rarely those that are at...the bottom of the stack. I've
got a few:
OWN: Not much to say here. Even Winfrey admitted herself that it was
a mistake. The ratings are terrible - I don't know how they'll turn
this puppy around.
The Hub: Not exactly a horrible situation, but it's not, to my
knowledge, had a ton of growth and was trailing the other kiddie nets
last summer. I don't think it's done nearly what they expected.
Hallmark: In 2010, the idea of the Martha block and her shows was to
sort of...save the channel. They were struggling and needed the
demographics/viewers they hoped her programming would bring to the
channel. Now Martha has been canceled and I'm not sure if anything
has been announced about the rest of the block. I don't think this
channel has ever been a solid performer in any incarnation.
Personally, I think their Movie Channel is much better. Not saying a
lot, but still.
G4: Terrible programming. A shell of its former self even as G4 and
nothing like TechTV was. Kind of a low rent Spike.
There are some others, like Millitary History (which I'd love to have)
and Lifetime Real Women that I forget still exist because my provider
doesn't even carry them. Maybe Chiller and Cloo deserve mentions as
well; "Cloo" (formerly Sleuth) is basically USA2 and serves no
purpose. 'Til Death on "Cloo?" Really? I don't know the ratings for
any of these I just mentioned in this paragraph, but I doubt they're
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Who can forget the Reelz Channel, owned by the Hubbards of St. Paul?
What started out as "TV about Movies" (reviews, behind-the-scenes
shows, etc.) has morphed into a semi-political entertainment channel,
airing "The Kennedys" mini-series that Showtime and History passed on,
as well as the Pro-Sarah Palin biography "The Undefeated." Kind of
fulfilling the dream of a right-leaning entertainment network that
Kelsey Grammer had thought up of. It's also trying to gain some buzz
by showing Steven Seagal's Canadian TV project, "True Justice," for
the first time to audiences in the United States.