EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. and HBO Pulling 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'Entourage' From Syndication
Will depart in fall after just one season in syndication
By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/13/2011 2:05:45 PM
HBO has asked its distribution partner, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, to pull Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage from their syndicated runs due to low ratings, confirm several key sources. Both shows, which typically air in late-night, are averaging a 0.6 live plus same day household rating. Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage will depart off-net syndication this fall, after just one season on the air.
Both shows were sold to stations in three-year all-barter deals. Stations were prepping to move both programs into even later night slots, which would drive the shows' already low ratings down further. As a result, HBO made the call to pull the shows, presumably because the pay-cable network was losing money on distributing them. While syndicating off-net shows can mean big business for producers, distributing shows to stations also incurs hefty costs, including satellite links and residual fees to the various guilds.
Also, both shows were sold on an all-barter basis, which means that revenues are based solely on a show's performance. At a 0.6 and dropping with the time-period downgrades, neither show appeared to be in a profit position.
So the douchebag hour has been canceled eh? I guess stations like KTLA running this 60 minutes of "I'm so great aren't you glad you can see me" BS in the midnight hour was an indication people are smarter than they were when this crap ran on HBO. Hey Larry David & your douche squad, BUH BYE! :-P
drewdove - 5/13/2011 11:03:35 PM EDT
really old syndicator - 5/13/2011 4:02:49 PM EDT
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