Before we go into the thoughts and commentary on Supernatural 5.02 Good God Ya’ll, let’s take a moment to see what fandom was up to and what the CW Network has to celebrate about.
Now in its fifth season, supernatural continues to build, improving over its year ago performance by +18% in adults 18-34 (1.3/4), 55% in women 18-34 (1.7/5), +17% in women 18-49 (1.4/4). In its Thursday night 9:00PM timeslot, the veteran action series held 100% of its women 18-34 (1.7/5) premiere audience, matching the show’s best performance in that demo since January 2009. In adults 18-34, SUPERNATURAL held 93% of its 9/10/09 season 5 premiere audience. Together with its new lead in show The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural helped deliver the network’s second best Thursday ever with women 18-34 (2.2/7), behind only last week, according to Live Plus Same Day Nielsen ratings for Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009. The combination of these two series have improved The CW’s Thursday performance versus a year ago by 47% in women 18-34 (2.2/7) and 6% in women 18-49 (1.8/5).
Over on Twitter, Supernatural actor Misha Collins and his minions mounted an offensive against last week’s run in with Rapper P. Diddy. As you recall in last week’s reporting here at EM, P. Diddy mistook the #luciferiscoming tag as some sort of satanic uprising and had the execs at Twitter ban the hashtag from the trending topic where it had made it all the way to the #1 spot. Needless to say a majority of vocal Supernatural fans and actor Misha Collins were not amused at this and in promotion for 5.02 they launched the #pdiddiyisscaredofhistv hashtag campaign. Shortly after the launch of the campaign on Thursday September 17th, Misha Collins posted the following on his twitter:
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“THIS IS A VICTORY! Just 1 hour after deployment, #pdiddyisscaredofhistv was blocked. Clearly we’ve struck fear into the heart of Mr Twitter
Is any of this Twitterverse campaigning having an affect on increasing the popularity of Supernatural and bringing attention to the series in a positive way or is it, as some fans are beginning to voice, something that is only making the fandom look a bit like unreasonable radicals? Would love to know what EM readers have to say about this. Meanwhile here is what I have to say about Supernatural S5.02 Good God Ya’ll.
Continue reading Television: Good God Ya’ll – That’s Almost Perfect: A Commentary on Supernatural 5.02
Before we go into commentary on the episode, let’s share a bit of news that has the CW Network dancing in the aisle!
In a press release on 8/11/09 the CW announced that SUPERNATURAL Improved Over Last Year’s Season Premiere with Young Women. and SUPERNATURAL improved over its strong premiere last year by 6% in women 18-34 (1.7/5). SUPERNATURAL, which scored a 3.39m rating for its season 5 premiere, also scored its best women 18-34 (1.7/5) and women 18-49 (1.7/5) ratings since Jan. 2009. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and SUPERNATURAL Combine for CW’s Best Thursday Ever with Women. Best Thursday in 2 ½ Years with Adults 18-34
This news was no doubt music to the ears of the series creator Eric Kripke along with writers, producers and studio executives who attended Thursday night’s gala Supernatural premiere party in Los Angeles. Also in attendance were such notable actors from the series as Traci Dinwiddie (psychic Pamela Barnes) and Julie McNiven (the Angel Anna). This all came on the heels of one of the biggest combined fan publicity pushes for the long running CW series about two brothers named Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) Winchester who roam the back roads of rural USA in a weapon’s loaded black ’67 Chevy Impala hunting creatures of a supernatural origin and saving people.
Fans of the quirky series literally took over the twitterverse using hashtags to promote the series with such tags as #inkripkewetrust, #supernaturaliscoming and the controversial #luciferiscoming: which eventually caused an uproar among a religious group led by rapper P. Diddy (who has since been challenged by Supernatural star Misha Collins to a rather strange competition involving eating cupcakes while riding horseback). This massive push by fans to promote the show garnered a lot of buzz and attention among many people who are active on Twitter and no doubt brought more attention to the premiere. It also goes to prove a personal point of my own, which is that scattering things on numerous LJ’s doesn’t have the kind of impact of fan based promotion for the show as it does when fans and viewers come together in one central location, easily accessible by other fans, media and those involved directly with Supernatural. When everyone comes together on one place, it creates a more cohesive force and gets more voices of support heard.
And speaking of cohesion, now I’m going to be moving on to my commentary about the Supernatural season 5.01 episode, Sympathy for the Devil.
Continue reading Television: Here’s the Way I Saw It – Commentary on Supernatural S5.01 Sympathy for the Devil
Available on DVD and Blu_Ray 9.1.09
At the end of Supernatural season 2 and all of season 3, the gates of hell had been opened and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) had a deal coming due for his soul: the soul he had traded into hell in one year’s time for the return to life of his younger brother, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki). In the exciting season 4 of the hit CW/Warner Brother’s series, the gates of heaven have been opened as well and the Angel Castiel (Misha Collins) lifted Dean out of hell after he had suffered 4 long months of torture at the hands of the demons. But was it too late to keep Sam from going down a dark path with his guide, the demon Ruby (now played by Genevieve Cortese) who seemed like a friend but could easily be a foe. And did hell change Dean Winchester more than Sam wants to admit? All this amid a desperate race to stop the demons from breaking 66 of the seals needed to hold Lucifer imprisoned. Can Sam and Dean Winchester pull back together as a team in time to do this?
Continue reading DVD: Angels! Demons! The Brother’s Winchester! It Has to be The Complete 4th Season of Supernatural!
Last week’s season 4 opener of Supernatural, Lazarus Rising, garnered an impressive 3.96 rating; which is the highest rating the hit Warner Bros/ CW Network series has had since the first season episode ‘Devil’s Trap’ was aired on the now defunct WB Network. In Lazarus Rising viewers saw the dramatic resurrection of Dean Winchester (played by Jensen Ackles) by the Angel Castiel (played by Misha Collins). Castiel had yanked Dean out of hell and put him back into his body because God, who has work for Dean to do, had commanded it. This resurrection reunited Dean with his brother Sam Winchester (played Jared Padalecki) who, in his grief over the loss of Dean has turned to the demon Ruby (currently played by Genevieve Cortese) to help him learn to use his special powers to fight back against the new ‘big bad’ Lillith.
The second episode of Supernatural season 4 is titled ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester. This rather lengthy episode title is a take on the title of a very popular Judy Blume teen novel, titled, ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’. Like the novel this episode derives it’s title from, the second episode of Supernatural season 4 deals with Dean Winchester’s questions about God and why God has chosen Dean to be yanked out of hell by the Angel Castiel and given the task of ‘doing God’s work’. Continue reading Television: Supernatural-Are You There God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester: A Review