PBS Tweaks Schedule After ‘Hodgepodge’ Scheduling Slams Ratings

Mar 23, 2012  •  Post A Comment

PBS will move the documentary shows "POV" and "Independent Lens" into new time slots next season, after the shows were bumped from their regular Tuesday night positions and "Independent Lens" suffered a steep ratings slide, reports Elizabeth Jensen in The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.

"Independent Lens" lost 39% of its audience after being bumped from Tuesday nights, the piece notes. "POV," which was also moved, will begin airing new episodes in June.

After PBS asked stations to move the shows from Tuesday, many slotted them out of prime time and onto what the article calls a "hodgepodge of nights."

Because of public pressure from independent documentary filmmakers, PBS has "agreed to alternative scheduling options for ‘Independent Lens’ and ‘POV,’” according to a PBS representative.

The new time slot is expected to be announced at PBS’s annual meeting, which will be held from May 14-17 in Denver, the piece adds.

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