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post #1 of 4 Old 04-21-2009, 10:48 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm puzzled. May sweeps start on 4/23 and it looks like NBC is wrapping up a few shows during the first week or so.

ABC will wrap up Lost, Desperate Housewives and Bro&Sis but later than NBC

Fox 24 and Idol and House close out their season and the rest will limp to the finish line if they haven't already.

CBS has a number to close out, for me more than any other network.

I'm not aware of any big blockbusters planned for the period, is it going to go out with a whimper?
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Until recent years, May had no 1st run programming. All networks were in repeats by May. It was FOX, trying to get an leg up started drawing out the season to May. The other nets followed to what we have today.

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I can remember from decades ago May always had the big season enders. The "J.R. gets Shot" stuff designed to get people back in the fall. Even in recent years show had big endings in mid to late May.

Now "Chuck" and "Heroes" are wrapping up on Monday, "ER" is gone already and so on. It seems like shows are going out early.
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It seems like the other nets make sure their scripted programming has aired their finales prior to the week that Fox airs the finale of American Idol (which of course they stretch over several nights to max out the ratings). That might have at least a little to do with the rush to finish off the shows.
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