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Buzz In: Did You Quit a Show Because of the Strike?

TV ratings have been pretty miserable overall ever since scripted shows started returning to the air. It seems to be a little surprising to networks and advertisers, who expected viewers to come rushing back in a show of "absence makes the heart grow fonder"-style affection.

Today's New York Times notes that serial dramas have taken the brunt of the ratings hit and suggests several theories, one of which is that the strike gave viewers an excuse to quit shows that they just weren't that into anymore. I've noticed that myself, though the show I've quit is a comedy and not a drama: I've had trouble making time for Samantha Who? ever since it returned. I'm sure it's still cute and funny, but I'm not feeling the urge to get the episodes off my DVR.

A friend of mine recently told me that the strike gave her a chance to admit she was over Gossip Girl, and one of you even suggested yesterday that the strike could make people forget 24. So tell me: Did you quit a show because of the strike? What was it? And do you miss it at all?

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ilovefab4 ilovefab4 9 years
I both quit a show and I picked up a show. I was able to catch up on Desperate Housewives a bit--a show I didn't used to watch b/c it conflicts with Amazing Race and I don't have DVR, and now I'm watching DH regularly (or was till the finale). And it gave me a good reason to completely care less about Grey's. I'm watching House the same as always--best thing on.
komler komler 9 years
Well, the strike gave me time to get through the seasons of How I met Your Mother that I hadn't seen - so in love with that right now, as well as some of my backlog of other things. I'm still watching Bones, as I did before the strike. I'm going to say that I'm less enthused about a lot of shows, though.
i think CHUCK is dunzo because of the strike. same thing about bigshots
arianell arianell 9 years
I haven't watched Desperate Housewives since it returned after the strike, but I didn't consciously quit watching. I love Gossip Girl and 30 Rock more than ever.
littlebmac littlebmac 9 years
I can't wait for Chuck to come back and I hope that Pushing Daisies is just as good as before. I got back into Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother and Grey's. I will continue with Samantha Who and Big Bang Theory because even though they are relatively new, they make me laugh so much and I look forward to watching them on Monday nights. The DVR lets me watch the Office or Grey's on a different night because I really like both of them. I am liking the shows being back and I am not looking forward to the lineup of dumb reality shows for the summer. I will probably be doing other things with my free time, like plan my wedding!
bethany0403 bethany0403 9 years
Bye, bye Grey's Anatomy! Can I just say I do not miss the faux angst, cyclical bodily fluid exchanges or Meredith at all! Good riddance! The strike also helped me find Gossip Girl in reruns and can I just say, these kids are MUCH more interesting than the lame Doc's at Seattle Grace!
bexinla bexinla 9 years
I've given up Law and Order (mostly because of Jesse L Martin) and find myself getting less excited for Ugly Betty and My Name is Earl. But I LOVE Samantha Who? The past few episodes had me laughing so hard my neighbors could hear me. Jean Smart and Melissa McCarthy rock! It's my new Gilmore Girls - sweet, smart, funny. And tonite's Grey's was AMAZING too! Thank God the strike is over and there's no more Gizzie.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I don't know, I'm not as attached to TV as usual because I usually did more homework or watched movies during the strike. Now certain shows are on but others aren't coming back until fall, some schedules are different....some episodes are just not as good anymore. I'm not really into Grey's Anatomy anymore, it hasn't been good since the second season in my opinion. The beginning of this season was alright but its kinda meh now. Ugly Betty was also REALLY good the first season but now its kinda over-the-top and ridiculous (did they really need to have Henry impregnate his ex in the first season? really?) This is what I watch right now: Sundays - Desperate Housewives Mondays - Gossip Girl & One Tree Hill, Samantha Who?, The Hills, sometimes I flip to the CBS comedies like How I Met your Mother Tuesdays - American Idol Wednesdays - America's Next Top Model, American Idol Thursdays - Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Lost
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 9 years
I could go without Greys and Desperate Housewives....part of it might just be my disappointment that after waiting so long, the episodes sucked. Or maybe I just grew out of them....I however, LOVE Brothers and Sisters- always have. I think that its more of just utter confustion about what the schedules are more than anything with half the shows. For instance, I got into Men in Trees online one weekend and now it's on sometimes, never on other times, I just can't follow it and so I miss it. It's annoying.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
Losing them all and then getting them all slowly back on a stagger, I pay attention and I don't really always know what is going on and where things are on the schedule. I think the strike made the WAY I watch different. I am not as attached, I don't watch the night things are on anymore, I'm not looking forward to or counting on new shows. I let the DVR pick them up, and then when I feel like watching tv I watch things. I'm not coming home and turning the tv on anymore. And I don't think I'll pick up new shows as easily, which means ultimately tv watching dwindles in my future... I did get back into the Daily Show and Colbert during the strike, and some of the shows I missed most (like Chuck!) aren't back... and others that were new and now a distant memory like Pushing Daisies or Dirty Sexy Money will have to figure out fast what is at the heart and get their footing or they'll be more likely to lose me...
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
I am done with Private Practice. After this long break I have no desire to watch when it comes back on in September.
brookrene brookrene 9 years
i quit ugly betty, i'll sort of pay attention if it's on but i dont try to watch it.
amers230 amers230 9 years
lol i think i've actually gained shows from the strike. before the stirke the only shows i followed were lost and gossip girl. during the strike i started borrowing "the office" from a friend and got hooked, then i watched "brothers and sisters" with my mom a few times and was like "hey, this is a good show!" i can see why people just stopped watching though. i didn't have cable for the last two years of college and when i moved back home (and had cable) i just never really picked it up again.
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
I was totally missing Ugly Betty when the strike was on but I didn't even make time to watch last Thursday. I stopped watching Gossip Girl before the strike because I'm still mourning the OC and I hate that people think GG is better ( no Seth Cohen no better people). Overall I watch a lot less TV than I did before the strike and the only things I won't miss are Dancing with the Stars because I'm a huge ballroom dork and Degrassi on Friday nights. i know I'm too old to be watching that show but I watched the original since I was like 8 and to me it doesn't get better than the Canadian teen drama on a Friday night
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i didn't quit a show because of the strike i'm sure that i didn't get as into a few shows as i could have though. i have to say though that the strike may have saved my desire to watch gray's anatomy though cause it wasn't doing it for me before and recently i've been tuning in as a 'must watch'
Cherylish Cherylish 9 years
I kept watching some shows, but its true others that I was kind of over anyway like Grey's, the strike made it easier to stop watching. However, I probably would have stopped watching anyway since it conflicts with The Office which is way better.
demeterbb demeterbb 9 years
Its not even back yet, but I am already anticipating not watching Heroes.
limelindsey limelindsey 9 years
It's sad how much I used to plan my life around what tv shows I needed (NEEDED!!!!) to watch. I've been going to the gym, sewing, and seeing friends so much more since the strike. The only stuff I'm watching with any regularity now is Brothers and Sisters, Ugly Betty and Gray's Anatomy. Only two nights instead of five. But you can bet I'll be watching So You Think You Can Dance all summer long. I look forward to it every year!
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I can't wait for Chuck to come back! But will still be loyal to Lost, Gossip Girl, and DH. I was losing faith in Grey's before, so it is doubtful that I will get back into it. I am a sucker for CSI if it is on and nothing else, I am ready for a new episode now and again too
liz26111 liz26111 9 years
I quit 24 long ago due to horrible seasons. But each season I give it another try and next year will be no different. I have not quit shows because of the strike, in fact I found Friday Night Nights and Big Bang Theory during the strike. FNL rocks and Big Bang Theory is hilarious.
elephantheart elephantheart 9 years
I was really excited about The Office and Ugly Betty coming back. Beyond that, I'm not too concerned. I've got other things to do besides spend every night in front of the boob tube. Thursday nights are my night!
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
Gossip Girl is the only one I am thinking about quitting and it has more to do with the fact that they changed the night and make you pay if you miss it. I only sort of watched Private Practice before, I probably won't really try to keep up with it anymore. My two steadies are Grey's and The Office and I will keep watching them (but online after). I really think that the strike taught viewers that they didn't need TV like they thought they did and now people have lives. We don't live by the TV Guide anymore. I still like my shows, I'm just not going to put life on hold to watch them.
foxgirlie04 foxgirlie04 9 years
Samantha Who is hilarious. I am loving the new episodes!
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
I still watch the Office and Gossip Girl, but I probably won't watch Pushing Daisies when it comes back. Most of the shows affected I don't watch period, like Grey's or Desperate Housewives.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Ditto Brian's comment. I cant keep track of which shows have come back and which shows havent yet or were canceled, so I'm just like whatevs! At this point I'm well accustomed to going to the gym instead or going out with friends which is fine by me. TV is boring! :OY:
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