When The Shark Bites

Ratings for the broadcast networks have taken another tumble this fall--down an overall 3% from last season. And it's not just new shows that are having trouble; a surprising number of old favorites have slipped badly. Frasier has dropped 21%; Will & Grace is down 16%; and even CBS's hot CSI fell 11%. Nor can it all be blamed on the unusually high ratings for the baseball play-offs. In times like these, TV fans are reminded of the famous Happy Days episode in which Fonzie jumped over a shark while water skiing in the Pacific Ocean. At that instant, even the...

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