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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.
8th Nov '15 7:09:46 PM WileK209
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** The Season 26 premiere "Clown in the Dumps" was heavily hyped, claiming "[[TonightSomeoneDies a beloved Springfieldian dies]]." It turned out to be... [[spoiler: Krusty's father, Rabbi Krustofski.]]
** The following season started with ''another'' one, "Every Man's Dream", which was supposedly about Homer and Marge breaking up. Not only had they done it before a couple times and have [[StatusQuoIsGod gotten back together by the end of the episode]], this one turned out to be [[spoiler: AllJustADream, and that trope was then ''lampshaded'' to the point where [[GainaxEnding the whole episode never happened]].]]
6th Nov '15 8:07:37 PM nombretomado
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** Two in-universe occurrences in ''Series/LawAndOrder'': In the first, the host of a chat show "accidentally" lets slip the location of an interview of a convicted child molester to the child's father, in the hope he will attack or kill the molester on live TV. In the second, the producer of a reality show similar to ''TheRealWorld'' manipulates two of the housemates into having a fight in which one of them accidentally dies.

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** Two in-universe occurrences in ''Series/LawAndOrder'': In the first, the host of a chat show "accidentally" lets slip the location of an interview of a convicted child molester to the child's father, in the hope he will attack or kill the molester on live TV. In the second, the producer of a reality show similar to ''TheRealWorld'' ''Series/TheRealWorld'' manipulates two of the housemates into having a fight in which one of them accidentally dies.



** Plus Matt Leblanc and David Schwimmer appeared on Lisa's show ''WebVideo/WebTherapy'', advertised as the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' getting back together. Basically all of the [[{{TrueCompanions}} Friends cast]] seem happy to pop by on-screen and help each other out.

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** Plus Matt Leblanc and David Schwimmer appeared on Lisa's show ''WebVideo/WebTherapy'', advertised as the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' getting back together. Basically all of the [[{{TrueCompanions}} [[TrueCompanions Friends cast]] seem happy to pop by on-screen and help each other out.
6th Nov '15 4:43:28 PM nombretomado
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Any out-of-the-ordinary action or development in a show enacted solely to boost {{ratings}}, usually during UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}} week, or when a show is in dire straits in terms of viewership.

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Any out-of-the-ordinary action or development in a show enacted solely to boost {{ratings}}, UsefulNotes/{{ratings}}, usually during UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}} week, or when a show is in dire straits in terms of viewership.
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