Conan's belly-baring and other forms of TV navel-gazing

Earlier this week on Late Night, John Stamos, Tom Selleck, and yes, even Conan performed a little striptease after Stamos confessed to having a navel that looked like a nose. I love Selleck’s high-pitched giggle fit at the end. Way to keep it real, everyone!

In seemingly unrelated news, Nielsen Media Research is considering adopting a "live plus three" rule for the 2007-8 season — instead of basing ratings on real-time performance, they’d leave a three-day window so that DVR users who don’t watch things right away could be counted, too. Last year, a week-long window was proposed and nixed, so the "three" is a compromise. But is three days enough?

As a die-hard DVR/life partner owner (I wear the pants), I often don’t watch shows until at least a week after they’ve aired. I took in practically the entire Grey’s Anatomy season this past Sunday. Then there’s all the watching we do online. The Conan thing happened Tuesday night, but I’m only watching it today. Clearly, it’ll take a more complicated equation to calculate just how much life energy we bestow on TV-related nonsense in 2008. What do you think? Is three days enough? Should they stop trying to track us altogether? I mean, sometimes I’m catching up with YouTube in my sleep. Yeah, Nielsen. Measure that.

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  • Sonny

    How hot is Tom Selleck still???

  • cs

    hahahahaha, thank you for posting this. i’m sorry i missed conan that night. the return of the selleck ‘tache!

  • PJ

    No way is three days enough! Like you, it is often a week or more before I get to the shows I’ve recorded on my DVR. They’re going to miss lots of viewing votes by going with the 3-day rule. (Oh, and I’ve checked with many of my friends and yes, they often wait just as long as we do to view their shows!)

  • Me

    This is like the kind of banter that ensues when my brothers and their friends get together. Silly, but fun.

  • No Brand Woman

    I miss watching Conan so much! It comes on too late for me. But thanks for posting this. It was hilarious. I am in tears!! It’s always a good time when Selleck is on, but who knew that Stamos could add so much to the mix? And such a god sport about it, too!

  • Amber

    That is so funny! Loved it.
    As far as my DVR, I usually watch Grey’s and Ugly Betty the weekend after it aired, and other shows like Heroes and American Idol I try to watch the day that they air. The 3 day rule is fine with me!

  • Anjeliki

    Three days is a start, but it’s not realistic. I have three months of Heroes on my Tivo, and this weekend caught up with four episodes of VM (does that mean I caused CW to cancel it – because I didn’t watch in a timely fashion?).
    My guess is most people catch up with their DVR on the weekend, so the three days wouldn’t do Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday shows any favors.

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