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HBO’s ‘The Pacific’ Ratings: We Report, You Decide

Mar 16, 2010  •  Post A Comment

There seems to be some disagreement in the trade press as to how well Sunday’s debut of HBO’s "The Pacific" did in the ratings.

B&C titles its story "‘Pacific’ Draws Healthy Viewership For Opener."

TVByTheNumbers titles its account "Kamikaze! HBO’s Big Budget ‘The Pacific’ Premiere Ratings Disappoint."

From the B&C story: "Combined with the 11 p.m. rerun, the opening episode of The Pacific attracted 4 million viewers and outperformed the 9 p.m. time period by 69%."

From the TVByTheNumbers story: "Sunday night’s premiere of HBO’s The Pacific was watched by 3.1 million viewers another 900,000 or so caught the encore telecast bringing the cumulative total for the night to 4 million. I warned you last week not to expect numbers anywhere near the level of the premiere of Band of Brothers in 2001, which opened to 10 million. Changing TV viewing landscapes including more DVR, more On Demand and more choice in general – I would’ve been shocked if it got anywhere near Band of Brother.

"On the other hand, I expected it to do as well as, say, the average telecast of "True Blood" in season two. It didn’t."

20 Comments

  1. What do you expect with the idiotic statements made by Tom Hanks in the press…. I won’t watch it just because of that. Can’t wait for it to be over so I can see something else on HBO.

  2. What do you expect with the idiotic statements made by Tom Hanks in the press…. I won’t watch it just because of that. Can’t wait for it to be over so I can see something else on HBO.

  3. STOP being such easy set-ups as usual.
    FACT IS —having made BILLIONS upon BILLIONS these past decades outsourcing
    and unflinchingly catering to the franchise-slum denial needs of history’s MOST awesomely genocidal regime —in their ‘fave’ captive mass market —ACROSS the Pacific —Hollywood continues to run for moral cover behind ad nauseum,anachronistic PC WWII retreads —even on this! -the once again ‘mysteriously overlooked’
    60th Anniversary of the
    epic, genuinely relevant —indeed,
    STILL unfolding —KOREAN WAR!
    HOLLYWOOD is doing de facto dodge
    and cover for RED CHINA —plain and simple…
    ——–pass it on!

  4. Anyone who thinks there were no racist overtones in the Pacific War whatsoever needs to go on YouTube and look up:
    Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips
    Tokio Jokio
    You’re a Sap Mr. Jap
    And any of the other HUNDREDS of propaganda cartoons produced by Disney, Warner Bros. and Fleischer during the war. Watch those and tell me that they wouldn’t be interpreted as racist if they were made today. Then compare them to similar cartoons made about Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy.
    To deny it is being just as naive and blinded by years of John Wayne flag-waving as you’re accusing Hanks of being anti-American and inflammatory. IT DID HAPPEN. The Pacific War was one of the most savage conflicts in modern history. It was brutal, violent and cruel on a scale not seen in the European Theater (only the Eastern Front approached the sheer level of pure mutual hatred the beligerents had for each other).
    The Pacific Theater has ALWAYS been the “forgotten war.” Europe has ALWAYS taken the place of prestige in American culture. When we talk about “D-Day,” we immediately think “Normandy,” even though there was NEVER a more specific meaning than merely being a code for the day of invasion when setting objectives and priorities, (IE, land on D-Day, control such-and-such position by D+3, etc) and was actually used as early as two years earlier for the invasion of Guadalcanal, not to mention Italy, Peleliu, Saipan, Luzon, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
    The war in Europe has been elevated to a nearly mythical status by the West, while time and again the Pacific is relegated to a back page of the history books. To blame everything on Hanks’s comments is no less short-sighted than the comments themselves. Time and again the American public has proven to have little interest in the history of the Pacific War. The suffering ratings of The Pacific has as much to do with that as any accusations of Hanks alienating his audience.

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