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Friday, August 8, 2008

• What Happened To Fishing Fridays?

If you're involved in the online fishing community, you've heard this one a lot lately. Outdoor Channel, have you lost your mind? First anglers had to rely on Monday to catch a fishing show. Then you made this big announcement with multiple advertisements that motor sports were moving to Monday and fishing to Friday. Now every Friday I tune in and it's STILL HUNTING in the lineup. What part of the phrase Fishing Friday did I miss? The whole Friday afternoon block features hunting. I've been tuning in for weeks now hoping for a change and it's always hunting.

I turned on the TV this morning and found an infomercial for some workout system followed by pheasant hunting. I take it this is their attempt at pleasing the pheasant hunters who were tired of watching deer hunting? African safari? Did you give the fishing shows the axe because they weren't getting ratings? Did the fishing shows back out because they weren't getting ratings? Perhaps that's because none of us know when they are going to be on, so we gave up on watching anything at all. There is a huge audience out there who isn't very happy about this. Granted many fishing shows are giant infomercials, but watching any fishing is better than a week of nothing but hunting aside from Monday's lineup. Are they out of money? Your hunting shows seem to have plenty of advertising support.

I think you've rubbed enough of us the wrong way that we don't watch anymore. Personally, I've stopped bothering with even tuning in as often as I used to because I know that when I do, it'll be a hunting show. Who pans for gold with such vigor that they want to watch it on television when they can't go out and do it? I'm left waiting until about 7 or 8 on a Friday evening for two or three hours worth of fishing. You can't make all of us happy, I know. It's still fairly obvious that deer hunting has taken over your network.

VS isn't doing much better. Every time I turn that on, it's either got hunting or WEC Wreckage. I did enjoy watching the Tour de France when I'm sure many "regular" viewers did not. Where are the fishing shows? On Friday mornings, VS was loaded with the fishing shows and I actually had a choice between the two networks. I do see Bill Dance coming on around 11:30am CST.

If I didn't know any better, I'd say it was an attempt to completely phase out fishing shows. In network prime time television, when a show gets shifted to the Friday lineup, it's life expectancy is very short. It means viewers weren't watching it on the original lineup. Those networks still know how to pack in a solid lineup with an added sense of regularity while still offering variety.

What's on next? Houses for $300. Ah...the great outdoors...indoors...for $300. Anyone else without a DVR ready to vomit? Even with a DVR, what are we talking? About two or three hours worth of programming? My point is if you call it Fishing Friday, make sure you show fishing all day even if you have to show reruns.

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Fish Whisperer said...

I guess I am very lucky as I do not have a TV, so when I want a fishing show I grab my rod and go fishing. But I do see your point, maybe fishing shows are not profitable and they just say fishing Friday that way the hunting shows get more rating with all the anglers tuning in and waiting for the fish.
Tight lines and screaming drags

BassFishingDem said...

You're definitely on to something there. When I was outside of the US for a few years, I didn't watch much television at all. Since moving back, I've found myself stuck in front of the thing all over again. I'd be doing things like you right now except we've had heat advisories out in the afternoons and temps in the 100's. Kind of puts a damper on putting on my own fishing show so to speak.