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February 21, 2007

1/2 Hour Comedy Hour Nearly Equals Jon Stewart's Ratings In Debut

Did I say yesterday was my last word on this "for a while"? I guess 24 hours is a while, sort of.

Although one might say this is the show's high-water mark due to curiousity and promotion, and that it's all downhill from here, other shows debut poorly and then pick up ratings as they find their stride. I think the former is more likely, based upon the decidedly non-hilarious material in the show, but then, many decent shows start off pretty lame before finding their voice. Seinfeld, Just Shoot Me, Arrested Development, etc. All had very weak debuts before gaining comedic confidence.*

So, who knows? Maybe Joel Surnow is a genius after all.

* Not to suggest that this show is anywhere near the quality that those shows eventually reached. Just to say that they all went through a learning curve and growth process.


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