Originally Posted by Bill Smith
Someone please explain to me why 2 1/2 men was so popular? It wasn't funny and Charlie Sheen is the definition of batshit crazy even before the anti-Semitic call in show rant against his producer today which will hopefully be his Mel Gibson moment.
15 million viewers per episode. It'll take more than a couple crazy rants to sink the ship beyond profit.
Originally Posted by Teacher
By the time salaries get that big, the show has been in production a while (i.e: large number of episodes, which is attractive for syndication) and they're banking on all kinds of revenue in the future: DVD, syndication, merchandizing, etc. Many successful shows never make money until they've been off the air for some time. Friends was a good example.
Huh, I did not know that. I assumed that the initial run + sales was where they made money,and the syndication was a bonus. It explains why so many shows are cancelled after 1 season or 2.