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sheep555

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« : 04-06-2003 07:20 »

(I'm pretty sure this hasn't been posted - apologies if it already has)

On the week ending Mar 9, the Futurama S5 opener was the 8th most watched programme on all UK satellite / cable networks, being the fourth most popular programme on Sky One, with 0.77 million.

Futurama outranked all but one of the Simpsons' episodes shown on Sky One that week - pretty impressive, especially when there wasn't really that much promotion on the channel.

(Make what you will of this, but the figures are from The Sunday Times, a paper owned by Rupert Murdoch).
Denton

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« #1 : 04-06-2003 07:28 »

 
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Originally posted by sheep555:
(I'm pretty sure this hasn't been posted - apologies if it already has)

On the week ending Mar 9, the Futurama S5 opener was the 8th most watched programme on all UK satellite / cable networks, being the fourth most popular programme on Sky One, with 0.77 million.

Futurama outranked all but one of the Simpsons' episodes shown on Sky One that week - pretty impressive, especially when there wasn't really that much promotion on the channel.

(Make what you will of this, but the figures are from The Sunday Times, a paper owned by Rupert Murdoch).

Well said sheep555
SQFreak

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« #2 : 04-07-2003 07:32 »

Maybe Sky will pick up production of Futurama.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« #3 : 04-08-2003 11:38 »

 
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Originally posted by SQFreak:
Maybe Sky will pick up production of Futurama.

I wish... at least then it would actually get shown  :)
mattt

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« #4 : 04-08-2003 11:40 »
« : 04-08-2003 11:40 »

Yeah, respect to Sky. They promote the show and they get the ratings.
They should just go ahead and show the rest of Season 4 without telling FOX.   :)
aslate

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« #5 : 04-08-2003 13:10 »

Didn't i read Sky is owned by Rupert Merdok (or whatever the fuck his name is)?
CyberKnight

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« #6 : 04-08-2003 13:17 »
« : 04-08-2003 13:17 »

Yep (well, technically it's owned by News Corp, which in turn is owned by Murdoch). Sky and FOX are sister stations.

Which raises an interesting question. In the highly unlikely event Sky were to take over production (a very unlikely event, not to get anyone's hopes up), are the rights applied to FOX or to the News Corp?
payndz

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« #7 : 04-10-2003 15:18 »

 
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Originally posted by CyberKnight:
Yep (well, technically it's owned by News Corp, which in turn is owned by Murdoch). Sky and FOX are sister stations.

Which raises an interesting question. In the highly unlikely event Sky were to take over production (a very unlikely event, not to get anyone's hopes up), are the rights applied to FOX or to the News Corp?

Even though they're all part of the same megacorp overall, each division is treated as a separate company (for tax reasons as much as anything, I understand). This also applies to accounting - if Sky wants something from FOX, or vice versa, they have to pay for it so that the books are balanced - even though all that's happening is News Corp is moving money from one part of itself to another!

(IIRC, incidentally, David Duchovny sued FOX for selling The X Files to FX - also a News Corp subsidiary - at a much lower than normal syndication rate, which meant he was being bilked out of residuals based on the amount paid per episode. Maybe Matt can sue FOX for denial of earnings or something...)

This system reaches the heights of insanity in (physical) TV and film production. F'rinstance, Enterprise - entirely owned by Paramount, financed by Paramount, broadcast on a Paramount channel and filmed at Paramount Studios - has to pay the studio to rent soundstages, build props and sets, etc, out of its per-episode budget, even though all production and management is based at the very same studios with the same name and the same owners! It's a madhouse, a madhouse!
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