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2012 - 2013 Stats Analysis - Introduction

Greetings readers!!

I'm a newbie to the SpoilerTV writing team this season, so I thought I'd kick things off by firstly introducing myself with a brief piece about what I do, the shows I follow, and the things I'll be writing about this season.

Firstly, my name is Jimmy. I live in New Zealand, and I run a television statistics website that is becoming more popular by the day, called SeriesMonitor (www.seriesmonitor.com). Through some unrelated content I posted to SpoilerTV recently, myself and the awesome admins got talking, and the result is me writing a bit about the statistics for around 20 different television series this season.

I began work on SeriesMonitor as a bit of a hobby project back in February this year, with the first show being ABC's Castle. The site was such a hit with Castle fans that I decided to add more and more shows to the site over the past few months, a number which now totals 20 different TV shows, with all shows featuring comprehensive statistics on ratings and audience analysis with extensive tables, graphs, and episode guides. At the moment, the site holds information for over 1280 individual episodes, across 60 seasons, with these numbers set to grow significantly over the 2012-13 TV season. 

When I write for SpoilerTV, I will frequently link back to SeriesMonitor because all the information is there, thus it saves a lot of unnecessary copy and paste action on my part. I will be posting a lot of graphs as well, in particular the ratings and audience graphs for various shows from the upcoming TV season, and seasons gone by. I have a lot of content, and I'm really looking forward to sharing it with you throughout the season.

Below is an example of a season comparison ratings graph for ABC's Castle. All of the 20 shows on SeriesMonitor contain this sort of information. Below that, is a graph showing the all time audience for Castle, across all four seasons to date, alongside the lead-in the show had on the night.
Notice how Season 4 (red) had a much weaker second half of the season than its previous two seasons (orange & blue)
Castle is the red line, the lead-in is blue. Dancing With The Stars is the show responsible for such strong lead-in performance for parts of the series
Hopefully these two graphs give you a good indication of the sort of content I'll be sharing with you this season.

We all know that statistics is what makes the TV industry go round. Good stats for a show means the network is getting a good return on its investment, the fans are happy, and the advertisers are getting their money's worth. It's like one big happy family, a win-win-win. While it's great to predict what's going to happen, accurately predicting the ratings and audience numbers for a TV show is notoriously difficult, which is why I prefer to look at trends in past tense rather than trying to forecast the next result, so most of what I write will be centered around trends, how they are changing, with comparisons to previous seasons, other shows, etc. Hopefully you get the idea. 

I will be focusing on the stats, while other writers will be looking at aspects like cancellation indexes, cast contracts, and other stuff along those lines. For your information the shows that SeriesMonitor features, and the ones I'll be paying more particular attention to, are Bones, Castle, Community, Criminal Minds, Game of Thrones, Glee, Grey's Anatomy, Last Resort, Modern Family, NCIS, Once Upon A Time, Perception, Person of Interest, Revenge, Revolution, Scandal, The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, The Mob Doctor, and 666 Park Avenue. It's a fairly comprehensive list of shows, including 5 shows that are new to screens this season.

Finally, the shows I am really enjoying at the moment are Castle, Scandal, Bones, Person Of InterestCriminal MindsNCIS, The Mentalist, and Perception. The freshman shows coming this fall that I'll be checking out include ABC's Last Resort, FOX's The Mob Doctor, and NBC's Revolution.

So hopefully that explains a bit about what I'll be doing with SpoilerTV this season. If you have any questions, post them in the Disqus comments box below, flick me a tweet (@SeriesMonitor), or contact me through the SeriesMonitor website, Make sure you visit, and have a good look around the site, and if you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch!!

The link again: www.seriesmonitor.com

Thanks for reading!!
Jimmy

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