Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

The heck with the blasphemy and irreverence...it is about the money....

As I mentioned in my post a few days ago, my wife and I noticed how few 'paying' commercials were on the blasphemous new NBC show, The Book of Daniel. Now here is an article from Adweek Magazine, the journal of the Advertising industry. http://www.adweek.com/
'Daniel' Tempts Few Sponsors
January 10, 2006
By Steve McClellan

Is the new drama too hot to handle?

NEW YORK NBC aired just 23 commercials spanning 12.5 minutes during last Friday's two-hour premiere of its controversial new series Book of Daniel.That's just over six minutes of ads per hour, or about half the usual load of commercials for network prime time, according to network and agency sources.The program, about a priest who's addicted to prescription drugs and his dysfunctional family that includes an alcoholic wife, gay son and a brother who embezzles church funds, has drawn criticism from conservative Christians.The priest, played by Aidan Quinn, also has regular conversations with Jesus Christ about managing life's little crises. The controversy prompted five NBC affiliate stations, mainly in Southern states, to preempt the show.The network filled the rest of the time that would normally go to commercials with promotional spots for its own programs, including several promo blocks that ran two minutes or longer promoting multiple shows. The comedies My Name Is Earl and The Office, around which NBC is trying to create a new "Must See" Thursday night lineup, were among the programs heavily promoted, along with the upcoming Golden Globe Awards telecast and Winter Olympics coverage.Among the commercials that aired was a 90-second "The Making of" King Kong from Universal Pictures, which is co-owned with NBC. The rest of the commercials were standard 30-second units dominated by the movie category.An NBC representative said the network had anticipated a shortfall in ads, given the controversial nature of the program. "Advertisers tend to take a wait-and-see attitude" with such shows, the rep said, who indicated advertisers might hop on board if the program performs well in the ratings. If the numbers are good, sponsors tend to advertise despite the controversy, the rep said.Daniel's premiere was less than spectacular, however, placing a close third in the ratings among adults 18-49 behind both CBS and ABC.