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25th Nov '17 1:34:55 PM ThomasProofreader
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** The short-lived ''Series/LawAndOrderLA'' did this ''twice'' in their only season: first adding TerranceHoward as a the lead on a second "Order" team, then later dropping Skeet Ulrich, moving Alfred Molina into his slot (and into the show's top billing) and bringing in Alana de la Garza from [[Series/LawAndOrder The Mothership]] to take Molina's place. It didn't work.

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** The short-lived ''Series/LawAndOrderLA'' did this ''twice'' in their only season: first adding TerranceHoward TerrenceHoward as a the lead on a second "Order" team, then later dropping Skeet Ulrich, moving Alfred Molina into his slot (and into the show's top billing) and bringing in Alana de la Garza from [[Series/LawAndOrder The Mothership]] to take Molina's place. It didn't work.



** The 200th episode of the show was advertised to be the end of the series, much like the ''[=SpongeBob=]'' example above. But it wasn't the end-the episode revealed that there was still more to come. Also, fans who usually hated the show really enjoyed the episode, which contained a few AffectionateParodies of other shows and several [[ShoutOut shout-outs]] to both the fandom and the haters.

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** The 200th episode of the show was advertised to be the end of the series, much like the ''[=SpongeBob=]'' example above. But it wasn't the end-the episode revealed that there was still more to come. Also, fans who usually hated the show really enjoyed the episode, which contained a few AffectionateParodies [[AffectionateParody affectionate parodies]] of other shows and several [[ShoutOut shout-outs]] to both the fandom and the haters.
24th Nov '17 6:24:06 PM mimitchi33
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** The 200th episode of the show was advertised to be the end of the series, much like the ''[=SpongeBob=]'' example above. But it wasn't the end-the episode revealed that there was still more to come. Also, fans who usually hated the show really enjoyed the episode, which contained a few AffectionateParodies of other shows and several [[ShoutOut shout-outs]] to both the fandoms and the haters.

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** The 200th episode of the show was advertised to be the end of the series, much like the ''[=SpongeBob=]'' example above. But it wasn't the end-the episode revealed that there was still more to come. Also, fans who usually hated the show really enjoyed the episode, which contained a few AffectionateParodies of other shows and several [[ShoutOut shout-outs]] to both the fandoms fandom and the haters.
24th Nov '17 6:23:51 PM mimitchi33
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** The 200th episode of the show was advertised to be the end of the series, much like the ''[=SpongeBob=]'' example above. But it wasn't the end-the episode revealed that there was still more to come. Also, fans who usually hated the show really enjoyed the episode, which contained a few AffectionateParodies and ShoutOuts to the fandom and even other TV shows.

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** The 200th episode of the show was advertised to be the end of the series, much like the ''[=SpongeBob=]'' example above. But it wasn't the end-the episode revealed that there was still more to come. Also, fans who usually hated the show really enjoyed the episode, which contained a few AffectionateParodies and ShoutOuts to the fandom and even of other TV shows.shows and several [[ShoutOut shout-outs]] to both the fandoms and the haters.
24th Nov '17 6:23:08 PM mimitchi33
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** The 200th episode of the show was advertised to be the end of the series, much like the ''[=SpongeBob=]'' example above. But it wasn't the end-the episode revealed that there was still more to come. Also, fans who usually hated the show really enjoyed the episode, which contained a few AffectionateParodies and ShoutOuts to the fandom and even other TV shows.
12th Sep '17 1:25:35 PM tigerstar
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* Parodied in the "Fantasy Files Explanation" episode of ''WebVideo/CaptainDisillusion'', where Cap analyses his viewer statistics and uses them to spice up the episode by adding 3D, green screen effects, and picking a subject to appeal only to his "core demographic" of young male viewers. He points out what a stupid approach this is at the end of the episode.
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12th Jul '17 11:44:27 AM twilicorn
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* An example crossing this trope over with PreviewPiggybacking: During the commercial breaks of the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as during one commercial break of ''Film/{{Hairspray}} Live!'', trailers for the season finale of ''Series/TheVoice'' were shown claiming that viewers could catch a sneak peak of the then-upcoming [[Creator/IlluminationEntertainment Illumination]] film ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'' during it. The ads turned out to be a lie, since the preview shown during the episode had no new clips in it, being comprised entirely of footage and that had been shown in previous trailers with slight alterations.
* ''Series/OddSquad'' has been the victim of this with Odd Squad Saves the World, which was repeatedly hyped up as an hour-long action-packed movie event by ''Creator/PBSKids'', and the promo for it was styled as such. Fans were disappointed, however, when the "movie event" turned out to just be four 11-minute episodes played back-to-back to make up an hour. What was more, they hyped up the episode "Rise of the Hydraclops" (as well as the other three episodes) as [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt some big event that would end the world,]] when really they were episodes in which the enemy was destroyed with a [[WeaksauceWeakness Weaksauce Weakness]] and never threatened the actual existence of the world, [[TheHerosBirthday the boss had a]] [[SurpriseParty surprise party,]] two agents [[SelfServingMemory duke]] [[RashomonStyle it out]] in an [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]-referenced fashion, and an episode [[DancingTheme where dancing is]] [[LaserGuidedKarma the overall key to beating the enemy.]] It garnered about 30 million streams of the show and bumped up the ratings.

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* An example crossing this trope over with PreviewPiggybacking: During the commercial breaks of the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as during one commercial break of ''Film/{{Hairspray}} Live!'', trailers Trailers for the season finale of ''Series/TheVoice'' ''Series/TheVoice'', which were shown claiming during such NBC network programming as the 2016 UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade and ''Theatre/{{Hairspray}} Live!'', claimed that viewers could catch a sneak peak of the then-upcoming [[Creator/IlluminationEntertainment Illumination]] film ''WesternAnimation/{{Sing}}'' during it. The ads turned out to be a lie, since the preview shown during the episode had no new clips in it, being comprised entirely of footage and that had been shown in previous trailers trailers, albeit with slight alterations.
* A similar thing to the above happened during ''Music/LadyGaga and Franchise/TheMuppets Holiday Spectacular''. The official promotional announcement claimed that this special would feature a sneak peek of the Muppets' next big project, ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted''. This turned out to literally be the ''entire trailer'' for said film, save for one scene addition where Dominic insists that Kermit!Constantine sounds different because he has a cold.
* ''Series/OddSquad'' has been the victim of this with Odd Squad Saves the World, which was repeatedly hyped up as an hour-long action-packed movie event by ''Creator/PBSKids'', and the promo for it was styled as such. Fans were disappointed, however, when the "movie event" turned out to just be four 11-minute episodes played back-to-back to make up an hour. What was more, they hyped up the episode "Rise of the Hydraclops" (as well as the other three episodes) as [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt some big event that would end the world,]] when really they were episodes in which the enemy was destroyed with a [[WeaksauceWeakness Weaksauce Weakness]] and never threatened the actual existence of the world, [[TheHerosBirthday the boss had a]] [[SurpriseParty surprise party,]] two agents [[SelfServingMemory duke]] [[RashomonStyle it out]] in an [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]-referenced fashion, [[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]-style, and an episode [[DancingTheme where dancing is]] [[LaserGuidedKarma the overall key to beating the enemy.]] It garnered about 30 million streams of the show and bumped up the ratings.



** There was also the 200th episode, "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?", which was advertised like it was the finale of the series. Even rival children's channels thought it was going to be like this, [[NoHoperRepeat scheduling marathons of their shows]] against the episode. However, this was not the case, as the problem in the episode was resolved rather quickly. Fans of the show considered it pretty good and said it was the best episode of any TV show that was done as a ratings stunt. The fact that Jon Hamm appeared in it and [[InkSuitActor played a similar role]] to his one on ''Series/MadMen'' probably helped.

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** There was also the 200th episode, "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?", which was advertised like it was the finale of the series. a GrandFinale. Even rival children's channels thought it was going to be like this, [[NoHoperRepeat scheduling marathons of their shows]] against the episode.episode (then again, it ''was'' President's Day). However, this was not the case, as the problem in the episode was resolved rather quickly. Fans of the show considered it pretty good and said it was the best episode of any TV show that was done as a ratings stunt. The fact that Jon Hamm appeared in it and [[InkSuitActor played a similar role]] to his one on ''Series/MadMen'' probably helped.



* ''Creator/PBSKids'' has also taken up the slack recently. They broadcast hour-long specials as "movie events", like ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' and their Back in Creature Time special, and usually broadcast one once a month using the same term in their promos in order to bring more viewers in. In March 2017, they launched PBS Kids Family Night on their 24/7 channel, a two-hour block that airs a movie event and two half-hour-total episodes every Friday night, designed to get the family gathered together for a good fun movie. However, in the past they have made mock movie events. One notable example is ''Creator/OddSquad'' Saves the World (see the Live-Action TV folder for more on that).

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* ''Creator/PBSKids'' Creator/PBSKids has also taken up the slack recently. They broadcast hour-long specials as "movie events", like ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' and their Back in Creature Time special, and usually broadcast one once a month using the same term in their promos in order to bring more viewers in. In March 2017, they launched PBS their 24/7 channel debuted "PBS Kids Family Night on their 24/7 channel, Night", a two-hour block that airs a movie event and two half-hour-total episodes every Friday night, designed to get the family gathered together for a good fun movie. However, in the past they have made mock movie events. One events, with one of the most notable example is examples being ''Creator/OddSquad'' Saves the World (see the Live-Action TV folder for more on that).
11th Jul '17 12:35:27 PM mimitchi33
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** Advertising claimed that "Hot Salad Water" was a special episode of the show that was different from the others, and a big two-day marathon was played beforehand. It wound up being a normal 11-minute episode of the show.
10th Jul '17 3:14:36 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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A poorly-executed RatingsStunt may cause a show to JumpTheShark, while having many in a single season may indicate the show already has.

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A poorly-executed RatingsStunt Ratings Stunt may cause a show to JumpTheShark, while having many in a single season may indicate the show already has.



* Spoofed in an episode of ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' which tried every RatingsStunt in the book in a desperate bid for an Emmy nomination. Of course, they did it more than that; you don't get a ShoutOut in a Weird Al song for all of your gimmick episodes for nothing!

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* Spoofed in an episode of ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' which tried every RatingsStunt Ratings Stunt in the book in a desperate bid for an Emmy nomination. Of course, they did it more than that; you don't get a ShoutOut in a Weird Al song for all of your gimmick episodes for nothing!



** In the fourth-season opener of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', the ever-popular Worf from ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' was added to the regular cast. This is a rare moment of a RatingsStunt done right, more or less.

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** In the fourth-season opener of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', the ever-popular Worf from ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' was added to the regular cast. This is a rare moment of a RatingsStunt Ratings Stunt done right, more or less.



* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': The [[{{WillTheyOrWontThey}} Ross/Rachel]] relationship in every fricking season finale. During the seasons their relationship is forgotten, but come the season finale Rachel realizes she loves Ross (again), or they get married or have a baby. Each time the writer luring viewers back next season with the possibility they might really get back together! (For the sixth, seventh...eight time). This stunt has actually caused questions over whether Ross, and particularly Rachel, are a SpotlightStealingSquad or not, and how central their "OfficialCouple" status is to the show. On one hand they don't have major character arcs -- seperate or shared -- ''within'' quite a few seasons, but both come front and centre during season finales and premieres. (So are naturally what the media, fan sites and advertising focuses on). Consequently, someone who knows the show but doesn't watch it, will automatically mention "Ross and Rachel". However actual fans will go at length about other characters and storylines that were more significant long-term, like Phoebe's development and Monica and Chandler's relationship. (Notably, the Chandler/Monica [[{{BetaCouple}} relationship]], only have one season finale about them. Fans consider it one of the best-written and acted episodes, but it's less famous because it wasn't a cliffhanger. I.e not a RatingsStunt).

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': The [[{{WillTheyOrWontThey}} Ross/Rachel]] relationship in every fricking season finale. During the seasons their relationship is forgotten, but come the season finale Rachel realizes she loves Ross (again), or they get married or have a baby. Each time the writer luring viewers back next season with the possibility they might really get back together! (For the sixth, seventh...eight time). This stunt has actually caused questions over whether Ross, and particularly Rachel, are a SpotlightStealingSquad or not, and how central their "OfficialCouple" status is to the show. On one hand they don't have major character arcs -- seperate or shared -- ''within'' quite a few seasons, but both come front and centre during season finales and premieres. (So are naturally what the media, fan sites and advertising focuses on). Consequently, someone who knows the show but doesn't watch it, will automatically mention "Ross and Rachel". However actual fans will go at length about other characters and storylines that were more significant long-term, like Phoebe's development and Monica and Chandler's relationship. (Notably, the Chandler/Monica [[{{BetaCouple}} relationship]], only have one season finale about them. Fans consider it one of the best-written and acted episodes, but it's less famous because it wasn't a cliffhanger. I.e not a RatingsStunt).Ratings Stunt).
30th Jun '17 2:20:04 PM mimitchi33
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** Advertising claimed that "Hot Salad Water" was a special episode of the show that was different from the others, and a big two-day marathon was played beforehand. It wound up being a normal 11-minute episode of the show.
13th Jun '17 2:00:43 PM ilovewildkratts1
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* ''Series/OddSquad'' has been the victim of this with Odd Squad Saves the World, which was repeatedly hyped up as an hour-long action-packed movie event by ''Creator/PBSKids'', and the promo for it was styled as such. Fans were disappointed, however, when the "movie event" turned out to just be four 11-minute episodes played back-to-back to make up an hour. What was more, they hyped up the episode "Rise of the Hydraclops" (as well as the other three episodes) as [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt some big event that would end the world,]] when really they were episodes in which the enemy was destroyed with a [[WeaksauceWeakness Weaksauce Weakness]] and never threatened the actual existence of the world, [[TheHerosBirthday the boss had a]] [[SurpriseParty surprise party,]] two agents [[SelfServingMemory duke]] [[RashomonStyle it out]] in an [[{{http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/TheXFiles}} X-Files]]-referenced fashion, and an episode [[DancingTheme where dancing is]] [[LaserGuidedKarma the overall key to beating the enemy.]] It garnered about 30 million streams of the show and bumped up the ratings.

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* ''Series/OddSquad'' has been the victim of this with Odd Squad Saves the World, which was repeatedly hyped up as an hour-long action-packed movie event by ''Creator/PBSKids'', and the promo for it was styled as such. Fans were disappointed, however, when the "movie event" turned out to just be four 11-minute episodes played back-to-back to make up an hour. What was more, they hyped up the episode "Rise of the Hydraclops" (as well as the other three episodes) as [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt some big event that would end the world,]] when really they were episodes in which the enemy was destroyed with a [[WeaksauceWeakness Weaksauce Weakness]] and never threatened the actual existence of the world, [[TheHerosBirthday the boss had a]] [[SurpriseParty surprise party,]] two agents [[SelfServingMemory duke]] [[RashomonStyle it out]] in an [[{{http://tvtropes.[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/TheXFiles}} php/Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]-referenced fashion, and an episode [[DancingTheme where dancing is]] [[LaserGuidedKarma the overall key to beating the enemy.]] It garnered about 30 million streams of the show and bumped up the ratings.
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