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29th Jun '16 2:00:09 PM rafi
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* Marvel has said in several interviews that ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' being [[spoiler: a HYDRA agent was this, including lying about Captain America being NotBrainwashed.]]
26th Jun '16 9:19:11 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[GagBoobs Large Marge]]" was obviously made to appeal to the more perverted viewers.

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episode "[[GagBoobs Large Marge]]" was obviously made to appeal to the more perverted viewers.



** "Best Day Ever" is widely considered to be the very first ratings trap Spongebob pulled. It wasn't ever a half-hour episode, it was a common 11-minute episode, and it got a 100-episode marathon prior to its airing anyways.
** "Truth or Square" is by far the most infamous ratings stunt Spongebob ever pulled. The "TV Movie" was heavily hyped up as THE Spongebob 10th anniversary special, and the previews showed Mr. Krabs about to reveal the secret formula and Spongebob and Sandy getting married. When the episode finally aired, more than half of its runtime was devoted to Patchy the pirate, and the Spongebob segments were bland, with both the formula reveal and the marriage not actually happening, instead being part of unrelated flashbacks.

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** "Best Day Ever" is widely considered to be the very first ratings trap Spongebob pulled. It wasn't ever even a half-hour episode, it was a common 11-minute episode, and it got a 100-episode marathon prior to its airing anyways.
** "Truth or Square" is by far the most infamous ratings stunt Spongebob ever pulled. The "TV Movie" was heavily hyped up as THE Spongebob ''Spongebob'' 10th anniversary special, and the previews showed Mr. Krabs about to reveal the secret formula and Spongebob and Sandy getting married. When the episode finally aired, more than half of its runtime was devoted to Patchy the pirate, and the Spongebob segments were bland, with both the formula reveal and the marriage not actually happening, instead being part of unrelated flashbacks.
4th Jun '16 11:07:29 AM wyattte
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* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon shamelessly played straight ''and'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] a ratings stunt - the Million Dollar Mania from 2008, where all you had to do was know a password from the beginning of ''Raw,'' and hope you were the lucky contestant that gets called at random later to give said password. The calls were made live on the air by Vince himself, who would have segments littered throughout ''Raw'' devoted to these giveaways. This ratings stunt actually lost viewers, who were forced to sit through long segments filled with Vince fumbling with his phone, and having awkward conversations with lucky recipients, one of which received two dollars(?). It was aborted in a Vince injury angle after three weeks, but it did have one highlight - the very first person Vince called had a Music/RickAstley ringback tone. That's right, Vince [=McMahon=] got [[{{Rickroll}} Rickrolled]] on national television.
14th Feb '16 12:36:19 PM erforce
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* A most infamous ratings stunt was ''Film/RoboCop'' arriving in Wrestling/{{WCW}} to save Wrestling/{{Sting}} from The Four Horsemen.

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* A most infamous ratings stunt was ''Film/RoboCop'' ''Franchise/RoboCop'' arriving in Wrestling/{{WCW}} to save Wrestling/{{Sting}} from The Four Horsemen.
18th Jan '16 10:18:38 AM twilicorn
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* The programming block ''Series/The90sAreAllThat'' on Creator/TeenNick counts as this. The block consists of 90's Nick shows and was inspired also by complaints on social networking sites from people who grew up in TheNineties about Nick's current programming. Considering most of what [=TeenNick=] shows all day is ''Degrassi'' repeats, they needed a ratings boost. And it worked. The block even had better ratings than late night shows such as Leno, Fallon, Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel.

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* The programming block ''Series/The90sAreAllThat'' ''The Splat'' (formerly known as ''Series/The90sAreAllThat'') on Creator/TeenNick counts as this. The block consists of 90's Nick shows (since the rename, shows from the 80's and early 2000's have also been added to the lineup) and was inspired also by complaints on social networking sites from people who grew up in TheNineties about Nick's current programming. Considering most of what [=TeenNick=] shows all day is ''Degrassi'' ''Franchise/{{Degrassi}}'' repeats, they needed a ratings boost. And it worked. The block even had better ratings than late night shows such as Leno, Fallon, Letterman ''Series/TheTonightShow'' and Jimmy Kimmel.''Late Night''.
13th Jan '16 12:49:34 PM Katsuhagi
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In comedies, it's usually a CelebrityStar or SpecialGuest or possibly a VerySpecialEpisode; in dramas it's usually a great crisis that will affect everyone in the cast, often with the possibility that TonightSomeoneDies; in news shows it's a sudden focus on "lifestyle" stories with a prurient air about them. In reality shows, it features a celebrity player or the (often unnecessary) return of famous contestants from past seasons. Sometimes, it can refer to a one-off, standalone special or event, such as having an extra-spectacular ''actual'' stunt being performed.

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In comedies, it's usually a CelebrityStar or SpecialGuest or possibly a VerySpecialEpisode; in dramas it's usually a great crisis that will affect everyone in the cast, often with the possibility that TonightSomeoneDies; in news shows it's a sudden focus on "lifestyle" stories with a prurient air about them. A SweepsWeekLesbianKiss is often one of these. In reality shows, it features a celebrity player or the (often unnecessary) return of famous contestants from past seasons. Sometimes, it can refer to a one-off, standalone special or event, such as having an extra-spectacular ''actual'' stunt being performed.
13th Jan '16 12:38:42 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Subverted by ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} [=SmackDown=]!'', as HoYay TagTeam Wrestling/{{Billy|Gunn}} and Chuck finally came out as gay, and planned a gay wedding to occur live on the show. However, right before the minister pronounced them man and husband, both men stopped the wedding and announced that they weren't really gay and the whole thing was a publicity stunt orchestrated by their "stylist", [[Wrestling/RicoConstantino Rico]]. Billy did, however, give us one last HoYay moment by saying, "If I was gay, I probably ''would'' marry Chuck." Rico was outraged though and formed Three Minute Warning in {{revenge}}.

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* Subverted by ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} [=SmackDown=]!'', ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown!'', as HoYay TagTeam Wrestling/{{Billy|Gunn}} and Chuck finally came out as gay, and planned a gay wedding to occur live on the show. However, right before the minister pronounced them man and husband, both men stopped the wedding and announced that they weren't really gay and the whole thing was a publicity stunt orchestrated by their "stylist", [[Wrestling/RicoConstantino Rico]]. Billy did, however, give us one last HoYay moment by saying, "If I was gay, I probably ''would'' marry Chuck." Rico was outraged though and formed Three Minute Warning in {{revenge}}.
13th Jan '16 12:37:30 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Subverted by ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} [=SmackDown=]!'', as HoYay TagTeam Wrestling/{{/Billy|Gunn}} and Chuck finally came out as gay, and planned a gay wedding to occur live on the show. However, right before the minister pronounced them man and husband, both men stopped the wedding and announced that they weren't really gay and the whole thing was a publicity stunt orchestrated by their "stylist", [[Wrestling/RicoConstantino Rico]]. Billy did, however, give us one last HoYay moment by saying, "If I was gay, I probably ''would'' marry Chuck." Rico was outraged though and formed Three Minute Warning in {{revenge}}.

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* Subverted by ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} [=SmackDown=]!'', as HoYay TagTeam Wrestling/{{/Billy|Gunn}} Wrestling/{{Billy|Gunn}} and Chuck finally came out as gay, and planned a gay wedding to occur live on the show. However, right before the minister pronounced them man and husband, both men stopped the wedding and announced that they weren't really gay and the whole thing was a publicity stunt orchestrated by their "stylist", [[Wrestling/RicoConstantino Rico]]. Billy did, however, give us one last HoYay moment by saying, "If I was gay, I probably ''would'' marry Chuck." Rico was outraged though and formed Three Minute Warning in {{revenge}}.
13th Jan '16 12:36:35 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Subverted by ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} [=SmackDown=]!'', as HoYay characters Billy and Chuck finally came out as gay, and planned a gay wedding to occur live on the show. However, right before the minister pronounced them man and husband, both men stopped the wedding and announced that they weren't really gay and the whole thing was a publicity stunt orchestrated by their "stylist", [[Wrestling/RicoConstantino Rico]]. Billy did, however, give us one last HoYay moment by saying, "If I was gay, I probably ''would'' marry Chuck."

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* This was the reason why Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling brought in seven foot Pakistani karateka Raja Lion in to fight Giant Baba even though Lion knew nothing about wrestling.
* A most infamous ratings stunt was ''Film/RoboCop'' arriving in Wrestling/{{WCW}} to save Wrestling/{{Sting}} from The Four Horsemen.
* Subverted by ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} [=SmackDown=]!'', as HoYay characters Billy TagTeam Wrestling/{{/Billy|Gunn}} and Chuck finally came out as gay, and planned a gay wedding to occur live on the show. However, right before the minister pronounced them man and husband, both men stopped the wedding and announced that they weren't really gay and the whole thing was a publicity stunt orchestrated by their "stylist", [[Wrestling/RicoConstantino Rico]]. Billy did, however, give us one last HoYay moment by saying, "If I was gay, I probably ''would'' marry Chuck."" Rico was outraged though and formed Three Minute Warning in {{revenge}}.
* This was how Wrestling/BobSapp's career wound down. People had figured out to beat him and suddenly he had found himself looking at medical bills. So he took to showing up in the most unusual of places and [[{{jobber}} taking dives for money,]] which reached SelfParody levels in Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam.
25th Dec '15 4:26:30 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/CharlieChaplin's appearance at the 1972 UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s ceremony was a publicity/ratings stunt. The producers were having trouble finding a sufficiently A-list name to give out the Best Picture Oscar that year; younger stars weren't interested, and older stars refused over the fact that one of the nominees in that category was the highly controversial ''Film/AClockworkOrange''. (Ultimately, they went with Creator/JackNicholson, a key face of NewHollywood at the time but not yet a superstar.) The solution was to invite Chaplin -- who hadn't visited the U.S. in 20 years -- to attend and receive an Honorary Award ''after'' the reveal of the Best Picture winner (traditionally the show's finale). This gained the show ''huge'' amounts of publicity, while the presentation of the award proved to be one of the most famous moments in award show history.

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* Creator/CharlieChaplin's appearance at the 1972 UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s ceremony was a publicity/ratings stunt. The producers were having trouble finding a sufficiently A-list name to give out the Best Picture Oscar that year; younger stars weren't interested, and older stars refused over the fact that one of the nominees in that category was the highly controversial ''Film/AClockworkOrange''. (Ultimately, they went with Creator/JackNicholson, a key face of NewHollywood UsefulNotes/NewHollywood at the time but not yet a superstar.) The solution was to invite Chaplin -- who hadn't visited the U.S. in 20 years -- to attend and receive an Honorary Award ''after'' the reveal of the Best Picture winner (traditionally the show's finale). This gained the show ''huge'' amounts of publicity, while the presentation of the award proved to be one of the most famous moments in award show history.
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