I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Friday, June 24, 2011

Thursday TV Tournament: Match-up 5 Results

Big Bang Theory had big ratings all season, filling the top five highest ratings on the entire chart. As for Community, I think I can describe this show best as middling in the ratings. As we already know, the Nielsen ratings system may not be the best way to pick seeds for such a tournament, but many people believe that it has something to do with whether or not a television program is good. It certainly has historically had a great deal to do with which television programs are renewed or cancelled. Strangely, however, Community has won two of its three match-ups whereas Big Bang Theory has yet to add anything to the W column.

Regarding the match-up between fourth seed, Big Bang Theory Season Four, Episode Nineteen, "The Zarnecki Incursion," which aired on March 31, 2011, and twenty-ninth seed, Community Season Two, Episode Twenty-Four, "For a Few Paintballs More," which aired on May 12, 2011, the results are in:

While the concept of a bunch of geeks going on a manhunt to find the culprit who hijacked Leonard's World of Warcraft account is pretty darned interesting, I think even Big Bang Theory uber-enthusiast and fellow blogger Josh Toulouse would agree that Community's second take on a Clint Eastwood styled paintball episode (and third take on a paintball episode) was just a better half-hour of television. And before you accuse me of being unnecessarily anti-Big Bang Theory, let me remind you that they made it into the tournament five times, all of which are top seeds, in a season where nothing really happens! Will Big Bang Theory finally have a victory in the future? I cannot tell you for sure. I can tell you, however, that neither of the episodes we've seen do battle can be called the best Big Bang Theory episodes for the season. So there's reason to believe the show can pull ahead, and perhaps even win the tournament.

Tune in next time for a match-up between thirteenth seed, 30 Rock Season Five, Episode Nine, "Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish," which aired December 2, 2010, and twentieth seed, Community Season Two, Episode Nine, "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design." Drop me a line and let me know who you're rooting for. I always consider the thoughts of followers of Cavemen Go, especially in the case of a tie.

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