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New Website Allows TV Viewers to Be Heard
Fri, Dec 28, 2001 06:37 PM PDT
by Vanessa Sibbald
Zap2it.com, TV News
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) – For those who feel like they should have more of a say about which TV shows should stick around and which should go, a 31-year-old lifeguard has created a website that allows Internet surfers to vote on the current TV schedule.
On Dec. 6, Christopher Burrell launched SaveThatShow.com, thanks to his frustration over the cancellation of the FOX series “The $treet,” NBC’s “Titans” and CBS’ “The Fugitive.” The site allows TV viewers to voice their opinions about their favorite shows, before they’re yanked off the air via a short online form. Burrell then prints the form in letter format and sends it to the appropriate network.
“There were certain shows that I wanted to stay on the air that I really didn’t have a say on. Usually, you don’t know how much a show is in jeopardy until it’s off [the air]. So I wanted a way for people to write in before the networks make a decision on a particular show, from the very first day that it’s on,” Burrell tells Zap2it.com.
SaveThatShow.com also features series reviews and polls showing whether viewers think a show should be saved as is, or with some re-tooling. The poll results and suggestions for change are also sent to network executives by e-mail on a monthly basis (although he has yet to hear back from anyone). In less than a month, the site has pulled almost 500 hits since its launch.
While broadcast networks typically use Nielsen ratings as one factors behind a show’s success, SaveThatShow.com appears to point to the growing feeling that Nielsen numbers may not be so representational of American viewing patterns.
“Not everyone’s a Nielsen Family,” says Burrell. “They could say that [those numbers] are accurate, and it may be to a certain extent, but it’s not everyone.”
Burrell, who is preparing to attend law school next fall, is currently manning the site full time. The site only covers new fall season shows at the moment; however, Burrell says he is starting to get requests for older shows, such as UPN’s “Roswell” and ABC’s “The Mole.”
Fans attempting to corrupt the results should beware. Users are allowed to vote only once per day, eliminating ballot-stuffing. The website’s top shows to be saved so far, are both on FOX — the drama “24” and comedy “The Bernie Mac Show.”