If I weren't so damned lazy that I never wrote the post about Paula Deen that I thought of writing a couple of days ago. Now comes this story from MarketWatch:
"Today in The Wall Street Journal, Keach Hagey raises another point that may have worked against Deen: Ratings for her show, “Paula’s Best Dishes,” had been sliding steadily since 2011—particularly among the younger demographic groups that advertisers covet.
Hagey’s sources note that Deen’s show, “Paula’s Best Dishes,” falls into the category of “’dump and stir’ instructional food shows” that trace their lineage through Emeril Lagasse all the way back to Julia Child. But that format has been falling out of fashion among younger viewers, who have gravitated toward competitions and reality-show formats. Ratings for “Best Dishes” were down 22% among viewers in the 18-to-49-year-old group, and Hagey reports that Deen’s agent had been bogged down in contract negotiations with the Food Network for several weeks before the racism controversy emerged."
After all the TV shows I've worked on over the years, how could I have ignored the most basic rule of TV: It's never about the story or the show or artistic expression or common decency- It's always about the money. The minute I heard that Paula Deen's show was cancelled, supposedly because of some racist comments she made, my first thought was, "Man, her ratings must have gone into the tank." Why didn't I trust my vast knowledge (heh) of TV and write that post? Now, everyone would know that Green Eagle is a media genius. Instead, I'm just reduced to squawking away after the fact.