Nielsen families decide the fate of American TV shows. Many a would-be great has been ferried across the river Styx too soon, and many a terrible show was lauded to the highest Olymps of Success, despite theirselves. Mourn your losses, and hate on unworthy victors - with a youtube embed or hotlink, and write some of your thoughts down alongside it.
I'll give you one example each...
Nielsen Victim - Last Resort
One of this season's most promising newcomer shows, which got cancelled too soon, and taken from us way before its time - Last Resort. Here's a brief summary of the basic premise, as found on its Wikipedia page...
The series is about the renegade crew of a U.S. Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, the fictional USS Colorado (SSBN-753). Following the maritime pick up of a U.S. Navy SEAL team off Pakistan's coast, the Colorado receives an order to launch nuclear ballistic missiles at Pakistan. When Colorado's Commanding Officer, Captain Marcus Chaplin ( Andre Braugher), asks for confirmation of the firing order; he does this because the orders were received through a legacy Cold War secondary communication channel, only to be used in the event that Washington, D.C. has already been destroyed. Chaplin is relieved of command by the then-Deputy Secretary of Defense William Curry, and the Colorado's second in command, Lieutenant Commander Sam Kendal ( Scott Speedman), is given command instead. When Kendal also questions the orders and asks for confirmation, the vessel is fired upon by the Virginia-class submarine USS Illinois (SSN-786). Two nuclear missile strikes are subsequently made on Pakistan by other U.S. forces.
Realizing that they've been declared enemies of their own country, they and the crew seek refuge on the island of Sainte Marina (a fictional French island located in the Indian Ocean) and commandeer a NATO communications and missile warning facility. When a pair of B-1 bombers are sent to attack the submarine and island, Chaplin launches a Trident nuclear missile towards Washington, D.C. to impress upon the national leadership that he's serious. The B-1s turn away at the last minute, but Chaplin (who has altered the missile's final target coordinates) allows the missile to visibly overfly Washington, D.C. and explode 200 miles beyond in the open Atlantic, the explosion clearly visible from both Washington and New York City. Via a television feed to the media, he then declares a 200-mile exclusion zone around Sainte Marina.
Now the crew must find a way to prove their innocence and find out who in the U.S. government has set them up so that they can finally return home.
It could literally have gone anywhere. The world could have ended in a horrific Nuclear Holocaust, and it would have worked with the framework of the show. Now that's not going to happen, nor anything else that could have been. What a shame. I blame it on a too narrowly cast female cast. No MILFs, GILFs, teens. All they got is the same basic type of girl in various ethnicities. A hot cast, but not diverse enough to hook the broader audience. Yes - I always blame a show's success on casting shortcomings, if everything else seems fine to me. Have a look at a clip from the show.
Nielsen Killer - The Big Bang Theory
The worst offender of shows elevated to great success by Nielsen currently is, as per usual, one of them horrid Chuck Lorre shows - The Big Bang Theory. I despise his shows. Horrible and embarassing cliché characters, not that hot women, gross humor - this show frequently makes me want to throw up. Especially when they talk games. Wierd-ass fake gamer talk, I cannot stand it. Anyways - bathe in a clip of The Big Bang Theory... without a laugh track lulling your subconscious in a false state of entertainment, after you read this brief description taken from its Wiki-page.
The show is centered on five characters: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, two physicists employed at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech); Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali. The geekiness and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny's social skills and common sense. Over time, supporting characters have been promoted to starring roles: Leslie Winkle, a physicist colleague at Caltech and, at different times, a lover of both Leonard and Howard; Bernadette Rostenkowski, Howard's fiancée (later his wife), a microbiologist and former part-time waitress alongside Penny; Stuart Bloom, the cash-strapped owner of the comic book store the characters often visit, and neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler, who joins the group after surreptitiously being matched to Sheldon on a dating website.
See? Overthrow the Nielsens! Do it for the betterment of the world!