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Old 03-16-2012, 09:49 PM   #286
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No, that title is misleading. American Idol had a 4.5 in the demographic compared to Community's 2.2 number. Still, that number for Community is higher than any other rating it has received this season. Lo and behold, there was no Big Bang Theory airing last night at all. It's fundamentally clear to everyone now that the timeslot is cursed because so many idiots are choosing to watch that show live instead of Community or 30 Rock.

This show is pretty much a lock for renewal now. Last night's number makes it so obvious what it's capable of doing and a 2.2 in the 18-49 demographic is far, far ahead of NBC's average right now which is like a 1.4.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:06 PM   #287
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Heh, it is worded strangely, yeah. But it did do quite well, so hooray for that!

I do watch "Idol", but I was more than happy to miss the first half of the show to see "Community" instead, it wasn't a debate at all. Like I said before, it's the results episode, so unless there's some artist performing on there I like or something, I really don't need to see anything other than the last 5 minutes of it anyway.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:12 PM   #288
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You know what I don't get... why the hell don't they make it more readily available online? Like there would be so many people who don't live in the US, or Canada, or South American countries where/if it's shown, who are watching it. Take me, for example. I live in Australia, watch it every week, but because I live here, I can't watch it on nbc.com, iTunes or hulu, so I watch it on an illegal stream via sidereel. That's not helping matters at all. Is there something that prevents networks from making the content available outside their country? Because surely the numbers would go up even more if it was legally available on the internet.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:28 PM   #289
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Networks/studios sell the exclusive rights to their shows to various other networks. So, whatever channel purchases Community to air it in Australia has the rights to it which is why you can't access the streams meant for Americans. It would be up to the Australian channel to offer a streaming option, but that's only if Sony, for example, wanted them to be able to do that. Plus, they could always charge more for a network to allow such an option.

But yeah, basically, you're prohibited because the American shows air a lot later in your country (nobody would watch much American television in Australia if they could legally be six episodes ahead via the internet) and because your local networks have the exclusive rights to air it.
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It's one of the primary channels' secondary channels who airs it hear, and unfortunately the pricks air it with incredible inconsistency and a long way behind the US.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:33 PM   #291
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Watched the episode twice now, will likely watch it again later on.

So good, and worth the wait. (I say that of course because we don't have to wait any more)

"Did someone say 'Annie. Help. Wedding.?'"
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:37 PM   #292
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It was an alright episode which I'm sure the uber-nerds will call "the best thing ever!!!! OMG!!!!"

Far too many lines fell flat and none of the stories really had any momentum. Love Community, but like other comedies, I just care about how funny the show is...the alternate timelines episode, for example, really isn't all that hilarious as there's a lot of set-up and little in the way of actual jokes. Yet it's raved about simply because it's a neat concept. Same goes for the bottle episode or the claymation Christmas, etc. Not trying to be a naysayer or anything as I easily slot this in my top five comedies currently on television, just saying that the over enthusiasm of this show's fan base is just testing my patience a bit.
Then just watch it & don't read the over enthusiastic fan reviews. Why let other people's interpretations have any effect on you?

I will nitpick some of what you said though, not the very idea of criticizing Community, just this specific instance. The alternate timeline episode is raved about for more than just the concept, it is hilarious from start to finish to me & a lot of people I know, & it closes with some pretty good emotional weight to boot. It's fine if you didn't laugh your ass off but I did. The claymation episode is fairly funny throughout but is probably the most emotional comedy episode of any show in recent memory, and sometimes the show would rather care about the characters than being joke a minute.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:41 PM   #293
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Ah. I was thinking of John. Still, I've only seen him in According to Jim. Must be funnier in America.
No, it's not. That was the joke!

Also, re: Britta, she's definitely not my favorite character, though I do love them all, but she absolutely stole this episode.

"You may not know this about me, but I come from a long line of wives & mothers"

"I'm gonna be with someone for ever!"

"What's with you?" / (crazy drunk creepy voice) "THIS IS WHO I AM"

& Jeff's daddy issues coming to a head was hilarious, & touching.
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No, that title is misleading. American Idol had a 4.5 in the demographic compared to Community's 2.2 number. Still, that number for Community is higher than any other rating it has received this season. Lo and behold, there was no Big Bang Theory airing last night at all. It's fundamentally clear to everyone now that the timeslot is cursed because so many idiots are choosing to watch that show live instead of Community or 30 Rock.
I used to watch "Big Bang Theory" live and "Community" via On Demand because "Big Bang Theory" wasn't available on On Demand. People in other regions or with other cable/satellite systems might make that choice for the same reason. NBC makes it really easy to watch its shows whenever, wherever and other networks don't. Convenient for us but bad for ratings.
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Big Bang Theory should just burn in hell.
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It's Tuesday, have you all watched it yet?!!
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Finally got around to it. Loved it. Nice to have our old friends back. I had to smile just hearing that familiar guitar part at the top of the cold open.

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I had to smile just hearing that familiar guitar part at the top of the cold open.
Was reminded of how much I missed that.
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They hung a lot of good jokes on a pretty generic Christmas tree this week. Didn't buy the Andre drama at all.

I think I'm the one that keeps mentioning this, but it felt like there was a good moment between Shirley and Pierce as he helped her with her public speaking in early Season 1. Business wise I liked the idea of him having *some* superficial interpersonal competence, instead of going with the hapless idiot route it went for here.

But at least bringing up her business plans again gives Shirley some character direction beyond being a uterus.

BigMacPhisto's right upthread, Season 4 is a near mortal lock at this point. Hope Jeff's immovable dinner reservation gets brought up in a year!
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