A refresher: Adult Swim recently pushed two anime series-- Code Geass and Seirei no Moribito-- from late night time slots to the hour of 5 to 6 AM, effectively killing both shows. I have been watching the fallout. This does not affect me in any way: most of the shows that run on AS are of no interest to me, and on top of that, I don't often watch dubs. But it's an interesting story nonetheless!
See, Moribito was already sent off to die, but Code Geass was certainly not pulled due to bad ratings. We know this for sure because AS has a weird, masturbatory habit of posting their ratings numbers onscreen before a show starts. Whenever I DVR Metalocalypse or Venture Brothers, I am treated to one of these at the start. Right before the season finale of Metalocalypse (I could be wrong on the exact episode), Geass was listed as in their top shows for the night, pulling in 220,000. I believe it was between Metalocalypse and Venture. The range for these ratings tends to be in the 200k-250k range.
So AS took a well-performing show and ensured its death. Don't ask me, homes! I don't even like Code Geass! The fans have been completely flipping their shit, of course. If you heard some of their crying you'd probably want to take their favorite show off the air, too. But AS is a TV station. It exists to feed viewers to advertisers. Numbers are top priority. I'm not a professional or nothin', but I'm pretty sure you don't kill your high-performing shows.
Let me tell you what I would do if I was a professional: I could be in charge of the goddamn Nogizaka Haruka vs Rosario + Vampire fucking Soulless Moe Funtime Variety Hour and I would pimp that shit hard. I would call it godlike masterpiece fiction the likes of which has never been seen before. I would suddenly be all about these awful shows. You know why? Because people have bills to pay. I may be spiteful, but I'm not a twelve-year-old.
Today I popped on a taped episode of Tim and Eric (which I've all but quit: it's amazing that someone can be avant-garde and yet predictable and more importantly, boring as shit all at the same time), and the ratings came up again. I was so surprised at what I saw that I actually stopped fast forwarding to watch the thing. This week, it was Bleach at 250,000 viewers and reruns of Venture Brothers at 200k apiece. But that wasn't the surprising part. AS's comment was surprising. "Sad."
Sad at what, exactly? That the shows they buried stayed buried? That reruns of their best show lost out to a Shonen Jump fight show (no shit)? If this was the internet and nobody stood to make any money, I would just say "good troll, guys," but anybody stupid enough to actually hurt their own business just to piss off a bunch of whiny, annoying kids is even dumber than their idiot viewers. An incontinent, weeping furry represents both sides of this story best. Talk about people who deserve each other.
In other news, I will continue to watch a goddamn ridiculously huge supply of subtitled, uncut anime via cheap DVDs and the internet. Later, suckers! The raised flag means EX-DANGER!