Saturday, December 4, 2010

Palin Family Circus News - Saturday, December 4, 2010

Here we see Sarah Palin trying to get the cobwebs out.

Two weeks ago, the ratings for Sarah Palin's Alaska collapsed. They were down 40% from the ratings of the first, debut show. The next week, ratings were up 17%. Woo hoo? No. Let's put things into perspective.

Suppose we buy a stock for $100. When it drops 40%, it has to go up $40, which is 66% of its price at $60, to get back to $100. So, the show's ratings then went up 17%? Let's see: 17% of $60 is $10.20. So, our stock is now priced at $70 plus change. Our stock is still way down. It's down 30%!

Of course, things can change. Tonight Tomorrow December 12th, the show's competition may not be as strong as it's been, and Kate Gosselin + kids are making an appearance.

Kate's show has drawn more viewers than Sarah's show has ever drawn; she's more popular. Won't we have to attribute any improvement in the show's ratings, tonight tomorrow December 12th, to Kate + kids' fans turning out to watch?

As with all things, "It ain't over 'til it's over," but Sarah Palin's show might have had a better reception if it had been more about Alaska than about Sarah Palin.

For another bit of perspective, Dancing With the Stars' final episode had about five times as many viewers as Sarah Palin's Alaska had when it premiered. Bristol won't be old enough to be President for some time, but she's already much more popular than her mom.

If you'd like to read a short comparison of Sarah Palin's show with Ronald Reagan's shows, you might enjoy "How Sarah Palin's Alaska is not like Ronald Reagan's Death Valley Days."

"Kate Gosselin breaks down in tears while camping with Sarah Palin in Alaska's wilderness" has some TLC photos from the show.

But "Sarah Palin & Kate Gosselin's Sucky Wilderness Adventure" tells of some scenes we may not see.

Update: The NY Daily News has an article about Kate Gosselin's appearance on the show. According to that article, the "entire episode" with Kate won't be shown until December 12. The article has a link to Us Magazine, where a trailer can be seen. I am not so sure that Kate will be on tomorrow night.

For a while, I was too scared to read "Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Violated By Sarah Palin!" Who knows what evil lurks ... ?

"Bristol Palin a Pawn in Mom Sarah's Lamesteam Media War" noticed that Bristol Palin's 'Facebook posting is well written and uses a lot of two-dollar words like “canard” and “incredulity.” ' At one point, the article calls MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, who doubts that Bristol wrote the Facebook posting, a "fathead," but then the article expresses doubt about whether Bristol actually wrote the Facebook posting.

Whatever! But Bristol's Rebecca Mansour's line, "What Mr. Olbermann lacks in originality he makes up for with insincere incredulity," is a problem. Try removing the double negative: "What Mr. Olbermann lacks in originality he makes up for with sincere credulity." Still don't know what it means? Join the club.

That's my $0.02 on that matter.

Finally, what would life be like without Palinman (Palin' Man?):

He's a Superhero? To see Sarah Palin portrayed as a Superhero and read about some real ones, you may like "Sarah Palin: Superhero (?!)" (And pick up some holiday movie tips, too.)

Update, December 5th: I'm sorry about the confusion over what's on tonight's show. The episode with Kate + kids will be on December 12th, not tonight. Tonight's show -- December 5th -- is about hunting.

Sarah must be aware of the show's troubled ratings. She is now trying (Sunday, Dec. 5th) to gin-up a controversy over hunting in an attempt to attract more viewers. She's tweeting things like, "Unless you've never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather couch or eaten a piece of meat, save your condemnation of tonight's episode." Do people hunt cows?

Update, December 5th: ABC News' The Note has written quite a bit about tonight's show and mentions some of the upcoming shows. Of tonight's show, the column wrote: " ... Palin seems to relish not just the hunt itself, but the political language surrounding it. Her books are loaded with references to “organic sources of protein,” which is a long way of saying say “wild animal meat.” And while she alludes to the idea that the show is somehow controversial, it doesn’t seem that there has been a giant public outcry. Palin seems eager to pick a fight here, even if no one is fighting back." ... . [emphasis added]


Joie Vouet said...

If you'd like, you can watch Palin' Man in 720p! Start the video, then the resolution widget on the control bar will work (I think it embeds at 240p because I scale the frame width down to 480 pixels).

Joie Vouet said...

I know those are fishing nets in the 'Sarah trying to get the cobwebs out' picture, but it reminded me of cobwebs at first. Inside the barn, warehouse, whatever that is may have helped precipitate that idea.

I am curious whether the idea for fishing nets could have originated in observing spider webs.

Joie Vouet said...

Well! I blew it this time. I know that Sarah's show is on Sunday, which I've been thinking was today. Imagine that!

I am not sure Kate will be on tomorrow (the "whole episode" is on Dec. 12th, see the NY Daily News story (link in the update)).

I can get confused about the day because I work strange hours, on rotating shifts and a precessing week (the first workday of the week isn't always Monday (is rarely Monday and changes!)).

Anyway, send the Nobels and Pulitzers (prizes for fiction?) to General Delivery, Hilo, Hawaii. No, I'm not there, but I'll go there to pick up the prize and celebrate with a vacation.

rj said...

They are trying to confuse everyone to get them to watch tomorrow to see Kate. Wait for the whole episode week after tomorrow.

Joie Vouet said...

Thanks, rj. The Us magazine post (link at the NY Daily News (see update)) confirms Kate will be on December 12th.

I think Gryphen was confused, too. Was that some stunt to get more people to watch tomorrow? Shame on them!