Jon at The Tailsection has written a good article on the way the press is reporting on Lost’s recent “drop in ratings”.
Here we go again. There is a huge contingent of writers in the media that keep a fork and knife ready just waiting for LOST to slip up… so naturally the two-million viewer drop this Wednesday was ample fodder for the naysayers to come out with their coy ‘Is LOST ‘Losing’ it’ lingo, and their twisted world-view of a fan-base backing away from the show in droves, pissed off at its inability to solve the mysteries.
Sure, Lost was viewed by two-million less viewers last Wednesday, but all shows lost viewers. Last Wednesday was Valentine’s day, and if those two million couldn’t watch their favorite show because they were on a romantic date I’m just happy for them!
In the current world of TiVo’s and digital downloads people have the possibility to watch their favorite shows whenever they want to. I don’t think Lost “lost” viewers, they probably just watched the recorded or download episode the next day. Maybe it’s time to start counting viewers in a modern way that takes our current ways of watching “television” into consideration?
Jon also discusses our impact, as fans, on what is written about Lost:
This smear, uses us to back its point. And that is wrong. Any article that cites ‘Message boards overflowing with frustrated fans’ is an article the LOST web community brought into being. It’s time to ask ourselves, are we fans of LOST or not? And if we are, why aren’t we acting like it? Why are we the catalyst for countless articles bashing our show into the ground… and what can we do to turn the tide. It’s easy… get a grip…
I have to agree. We fans need to speak up and let the world know that we love the show. That doesn’t mean that we can’t complain when we dislike something, but we shouldn’t be quiet when we like something either. Personally I really love Lost at the moment. The last two episodes have been top notch so I’m certainly not complaining.
What really bothers me though is that these articles about how Lost has “lost it” almost always contain phrases like “on the popular fansites and forums, those who previously loved the show are complaining about…”. If I’m not mistaken, the popular Lost sites are Lost-Media, The Tailsection, 4815162342.com, DarkUFO, Lostpedia, this site, and maybe a few others.
I keep an eye on most of the larger sites in the community and I haven’t really seen that many complaints. Certainly not compared to the amount of positive comments about Lost, so it would be interesting to hear where all these “complaining fans” are?
My point is, don’t worry about these articles on how “Lost is losing it”. There are a lot of us who really enjoy the show and it won’t be canceled any time soon. Just enjoy the ride!