I've been watching all the late night shows, Entertainment Tonight type shows, everything, looking for anybody from this show to be promoting it. Nothing. At least have someone call in to morning radio shows. Geez!
Everybody, I found this site
, with an actual person to contact, Mr Jon Joebgen.
Here's what I wrote, I made it logical not to release the show:
Dear Mr. Joebgen,
Those of us who've been eagerly awaiting Kidnapped are, of course, concerned about the ratings and worried that your programming executives will feel it necessary to pull the plug prematurely. May I please add a little ammunition for reasoning against that decision?
First, of course, is that nearly every single review of the show (and I've read many, many) has described its high level of quality and how such a smart show puts NBC in a good light. In other words, you look better in investers' eyes for standing behind such a quality show, in lieu of typical lowbrow programming.
Second, is that the show enjoys a very good reputation among those who have been able to find it. For instance, if you go on TWoP (televisionwithoutpity.com), one of the most esoteric forums on line (it maintains extremely strict standards for posting, ensuring that mainly educated, higher-end people bother with it - your key demographic target), has developed an extremely good opinion of the show. Quite a few people people who signed on to talk about it said they had no intention of watching it, but it was on when they were getting dressed, they forgot to change the channel, etc., and they were instantly hooked! That's what you need to give it time for - nearly everyone who comes across it is blown away by its story, its quality, and its people.
Third, every single person who I've gotten to try it - and I've convinced quite a lot of people, who apparently are not Nielsen families - has thoroughly enjoyed it and has started telling their friends to watch it. In short, you need to give this show some support and allow it to find its feet, just like shows like 24, Friends, and many others were not instant ratings hits.
Fourth, giving it a lead in like The Biggest Loser makes no sense at all - why would someone who sits around for shows like Biggest Loser, the Simpsons, et al., want to invest in something as high level as Kidnapped? Why can you not switch the programming so that it belongs with something akin to it. CW did it with Gilmore Girls to support Veronica Mars, because the type of people watching one, would likely enjoy the other. It only makes sense.
Fifth, the Biggest Loser is a two-hour show, which automatically lessens the number of people who would potentially stick around for yet another hour of tv. Please consider mixing it with more appropriate programming.
Sixth, someone on TWoP suggested holding it back until mid-season. Please, please consider doing this before shutting it down forever. The show is too high a quality show to just throw away because of a couple of weeks' ratings.
Seventh, the long-term potential of this show is enormous, especially for franchising rights, because you've got different stories each year so people who don't like the group one year may still be intrigued enough by the concept to check it out next year for a different story. I know quite a lot of people who will skip one year of 24, but start up again the next year. So, for the bottom dollar analyst, keeping the show around only makes sense.
Finally, quite a few people were talking about how they would get so mad at a network for pulling a show in the middle of it, that they decide (and do) to boycott the network for several years, just from being ticked off. For instance, to this day, I still won't buy Exxon gas because of the Valdez oil spill. You don't need that kind of animosity and bad press. And I've seen many people who watch a show - or a network - just because they have respect for them. It's worth considering.
Anyway, if you're sticking behind the show and are willing to give it a chance, my apologies for wasting your time, and my appreciation for doing so. If you're considering taking it off the air, please give it a little more thought, and do a little research about ways to better promote it (for instance, I haven't seen a single actor on a talk show, radio show, or ET-type show. Think about advertising it in different ways than the very innovative and cool things you've been doing online and such. So many people today let advertising do their thinking for them.
Edited by catperson, Oct 1, 2006 @ 2:11 PM.