ABC And CBS Upfronts 2017 Stir Anger And More Boycotts To Join Thomas Gibson’s #NoHotchNoWatch [Opinion]

ABC and CBS upfronts 2017 are stirring anger among audiences that are starting to boycott and protest. While Thomas Gibson’s #NoHotchNoWatch may have been ahead of new protests, the ABC and CBS boycott is being joined by far bigger groups now, each raging against the network machine.

Thomas Gibson is joined by Tim Allen in being defended by boycotts. The cancellation of Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing has outraged viewers who found that show one of the few fit for children and families. Variety reports that viewers were shocked by the cancellation of Last Man Standing. Tim Allen’s situation reportedly inspired boycotts of ABC and a petition.

A Last Man Standing petition against ABC for the reinstatement of Tim Allen’s show already received over 42,000 signatures according to TV Guide. Petitioners charge that Last Man Standing is one of the few shows that upholds conservative family values. Last Man Standing has been a safe zone for younger viewers and a comfortable show for families.

Thomas Gibson fans at #NoHotchNoWatch are already boycotting ABC and CBS. Now Tim Allen fans are Joining Thomas Gibson fans in boycotting ABC. ABC’s decision to cancel Last Man Standing was not based on ratings, since the show’s ratings are just above their average, and ABC kept shows with lower ratings according to TV Guide. TV Guide noted however that Twentieth Century Fox produces the Last Man Standing and that could have been a factor in their decision.

Criminal Minds on CBS is similarly produced by ABC, but Criminal Minds has been renewed despite the absence of Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore. Thomas Gibson fans and other former fans of the show have stopped watching, and ratings are down.

ABC and CBS upfronts 2017 are designed to get advertiser dollars. With TV ratings declining universally and rapidly this year, for all networks, will all these new and old boycotts hurt their profits even more?

CBS and ABC, as well as other networks, have lost significant viewership this year. For the first time in half a century, people are realizing they don’t have to watch network TV. Sadly though, they still aren’t going outside to play or having more face to face interactions.

Thomas Gibson fans at #NoHotchNoWatch are turning to Twitter each Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. instead of watching Criminal Minds. They seem to be having a lot of fun tweeting to each other and getting out as many tweets as possible during that hour, but there are always people to talk to on the #NoHotchNoWatch hashtags.

CBS upfronts 2017 are being met with the “Mad as H*ll” boycott as well. These boycotters are boycotting advertisers who purchased air time during the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelly. There is also a boycott of the programming and sponsors of ABC, NBC, CBS. CNN, and MSNBC. @BOYCOTTNETWORKS on Twitter.

Thomas Gibson fans at #NoHotchNoWatch are outraged that Thomas Gibson was fired from Criminal Minds, and then allegedly defamed in the media. They want a formal apology for Thomas Gibson and an offer to return to Criminal Minds. Whether Thomas Gibson takes that offer should be up to him they say.

Shemar Moore of S.W.A.T. formerly of Criminal Minds
Shemar Moore of S.W.A.T. formerly of Criminal Minds [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

ABC, CBS and other network upfronts in 2017 are being forced to recognize that people can do other things. They don’t have to watch network TV. Though it was suggested in the 1970s that kids go out to play and adults should interact rather than stay glued to the tube, it never happened. Network TV remained a mainstay until other forms of electronic entertainment arose.

Now, though, ABC and CBS are facing different competition and are no longer all that competitive with each other, according to this piece from the Inquisitr. Instead, they turn a jealous eye to the internet, Netflix, and various streaming services, not to mention video games and social media. The television is getting re-purposed as a gaming machine, or a conduit for Netflix. Often the home television is ignored completely in favor of a cell phone or tablet.

Thomas Gibson of Criminal Minds
Thomas Gibson of Criminal Minds [Image by Francois Durand/Getty Images]

Thomas Gibson fans have begun to boycott ABC and CBS. Tim Allen fans are boycotting ABC, and various groups are boycotting the Networks in general. Furious fans don’t help the already declining interest in network programming.


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The ABC, CBS and other networks may see no clear winner in their upfronts for 2017. Boycotts and competition with internet streaming services and delayed viewing are doing serious damage to ratings and thus to the number of people advertisers feel they can reach through network programing. As a result, the networks may have to tighten their belts for a cold hard winter.

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