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21st Dec '16 5:52:30 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/KellyKelly, the "vixen exhibitionist" who had promised to remove her clothing on the first episode on the derided SYFY Wrestling/{{ECW}} {{revival}} in a desperate attempt to attract a fan base adverse to the show's very idea around. When Kelly, predictably, failed to go all the way through and failed get over they kept trying by partnering her with [[Wrestling/Layla two]] [[Wrestling/BrookeAdams more]] exhibitionists, [[CreatorsPet who together became the least popular part]] of an unpopular show.

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* Wrestling/KellyKelly, the "vixen exhibitionist" who had promised to remove her clothing on the first episode on the derided SYFY Wrestling/{{ECW}} {{revival}} in a desperate attempt to attract a fan base adverse to the show's very idea around. When Kelly, predictably, failed to go all the way through and failed get over they kept trying by partnering her with [[Wrestling/Layla [[Wrestling/{{Layla}} two]] [[Wrestling/BrookeAdams more]] exhibitionists, [[CreatorsPet who together became the least popular part]] of an unpopular show.
21st Dec '16 5:51:41 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/KellyKelly, the "vixen exhibitionist" who had promised to remove her clothing on the first episode on the derided SYFY Wrestling/{{ECW}} {{revival}} in a desperate attempt to attract a fan base adverse to the show's very idea around. When Kelly, predictably, failed to go all the way through and failed get over they kept trying by partnering her with [[Wrestling/LaylaEl two]] [[Wrestling/BrookeAdams more]] exhibitionists, [[CreatorsPet who together became the least popular part]] of an unpopular show.

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* Wrestling/KellyKelly, the "vixen exhibitionist" who had promised to remove her clothing on the first episode on the derided SYFY Wrestling/{{ECW}} {{revival}} in a desperate attempt to attract a fan base adverse to the show's very idea around. When Kelly, predictably, failed to go all the way through and failed get over they kept trying by partnering her with [[Wrestling/LaylaEl [[Wrestling/Layla two]] [[Wrestling/BrookeAdams more]] exhibitionists, [[CreatorsPet who together became the least popular part]] of an unpopular show.
21st Dec '16 5:51:13 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* A most infamous ratings stunt was ''Franchise/RoboCop'' arriving in Wrestling/{{WCW}} to save Wrestling/{{Sting}} from The Four Horsemen.

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* A most infamous ratings stunt was ''Franchise/RoboCop'' arriving in Wrestling/{{WCW}} to save Wrestling/{{Sting}} from The Four Horsemen.Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen.


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* Wrestling/KellyKelly, the "vixen exhibitionist" who had promised to remove her clothing on the first episode on the derided SYFY Wrestling/{{ECW}} {{revival}} in a desperate attempt to attract a fan base adverse to the show's very idea around. When Kelly, predictably, failed to go all the way through and failed get over they kept trying by partnering her with [[Wrestling/LaylaEl two]] [[Wrestling/BrookeAdams more]] exhibitionists, [[CreatorsPet who together became the least popular part]] of an unpopular show.
27th Nov '16 5:51:56 AM mimitchi33
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** "Best Day Ever" is widely considered to be the very first ratings trap Spongebob pulled. It wasn't 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'' 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 [=SpongeBob=] pulled. It wasn't 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 [=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 [=SpongeBob=] and Sandy getting married. When the episode finally aired, more than half of its runtime was devoted to Patchy the pirate, Pirate, and the Spongebob [=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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** The [[MilestoneCelebration 100th episode]], "And The Award For Sound Design Goes To Rob", was heavily promoted and even had a marathon play before it's premiere. Promos claimed it to be a celebration of the show hitting 100 episodes and claimed that it would be like nothing the viewers had seen before. It actually turned out to be [[RecycledScript an exact copy of]] "Puppets, Whaaat?".
** A more recent example was "TV Knight", which could be considered the "Best Day Ever" of TheNewTens. Its' premiere was part of a three-day marathon aired during Thanksgiving weekend, and advertised itself to be [[ADayInTheLimelight an episode focusing entirely on Batman, with none of the other characters included.]] The episode actually turned out to be about Batman visiting the Teen Titans (which had been done before in a few episodes), with a huge emphasis on ToiletHumor.
18th Oct '16 7:12:48 PM nombretomado
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* If Courtney Cox gets a new show, you can bet there will be a fellow ''{{Friends}}'' actor guest-starring at some point to boost ratings.

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* If Courtney Cox gets a new show, you can bet there will be a fellow ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' actor guest-starring at some point to boost ratings.
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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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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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''.
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