ABC's Nightline Benefits From Strike
Posted on November 14, 2007Many of your favorite shows are running out of episodes and the late night shows have all gone dark thanks to the Writers' Strike, which has now lasted ten days with no sign of any negotiating between the WGA and the AMPTP. There are some shows the strike benefits and those are TV newsmagazines.
ABC's Nightline was seen by the largest number of households during the first week of the strike -- beating out reruns of Letterman and Leno. It was watched by 2.8 million people. It beat Letterman and Jay Leno.
James Goldston, executive producer of Nightline, told the AP, "We take no pleasure in there being a strike whatsoever. It's no good for anybody. What's also true in the odd circumstance this presents us with is that it is an opportunity of sorts for people who have maybe not sampled the new Nightline or who are looking around for alternatives to come to the show."
If the strike lingers you may see more news shows on the networks. There will also be lots and lots of reality TV, game shows and reruns of other shows. How awful.