We Want You to Watch ‘Dallas’!

Bobby Ewing, Christopher Ewing, Dallas, Jesse Metcalfe, Patrick Duffy, TNT

Uncle Bobby wants you!

You love TNT’s “Dallas” and want the show to be a big hit, right? So do we! Here’s an updated look at three things fans can do to help “Dallas” grow its audience.

Dallas, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, TNT

He loves it this much

1. Watch “Dallas.” This one is easy. TNT shows a new “Dallas” episode every Monday night at 9, Eastern, Mountain and Pacific times; and 8, Central time. Watch the show each week and enjoy it — and then encourage everyone you know to watch too.

How will this help “Dallas,” you ask?

First, know this: Nielsen, the company that measures TV ratings, doesn’t monitor the viewing habits of every individual who watches television.

Instead, Nielsen chooses a sample of viewers who represent the tastes and preferences of the audience as a whole. So, if more people watch “Dallas,” the show is more likely to gain traction with the all-important Nielsen viewers, which will raise the ratings.

This matters because TNT hasn’t announced if “Dallas” will return next year. The conventional wisdom is the network will wait to see how the show performs during its summer run before deciding whether to renew it.

“Dallas” is averaging about 1.9 million viewers on Monday this year, down from approximately 2.7 million viewers during its second season and more than 4 million viewers during Season 1. In other words: Rebuilding the “Dallas” audience during the next few weeks can only improve the show’s chances of being renewed.

What if you can’t watch “Dallas” on Mondays?

Simply set your DVR to record the show and watch it later. DVR playback is important in the TV biz too, although live viewing trumps all. Remember: The point of Nielsen ratings isn’t to measure a show’s popularity — it’s to let advertisers know how many people see their commercials.

You can also download “Dallas” episodes from iTunes and Amazon, usually on Tuesday mornings after the previous Monday evening’s telecast. Also, if you’re a cable subscriber, you can stream the episodes at DallasTNT.com after TNT has shown them on TV.

Dallas, Julie Gonzalo, Pamela Rebecca Barnes Ewing, TNT

She tweets. Do you?

2. Talk about “Dallas” on social media. If you watch the show on Mondays, hop onto Twitter and tweet about it with your fellow fans. Be sure to use the hashtag #DallasTNT, which makes it easier for everyone to find and follow the conversations.

Not only is tweeting a lot of fun, it also helps “Dallas” generate buzz — and in today’s media-saturated world, that’s more important than ever.

The good news: “Dallas” has a solid foundation to build upon. The show boasts almost 1.6 million fans on Facebook — more than any other TNT series — and 91,000 followers on Twitter, second only to TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” which has 97,500 followers.

How could these numbers help “Dallas”?

Consider this: If each one of the show’s Twitter followers had sent just two tweets last week, “Dallas” could have toppled ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” from its perch as the most-tweeted-about show on TV. (“Pretty Little Liars” generated 178,000 tweets that were seen by more than 2 million people last week, according to Nielsen.)

Not sure what to say in your tweets and Facebook posts? To help you chat up “Dallas” on social media, check out my latest list of 15 reasons to watch “Dallas.” Now start talking up the show!

Dallas, Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

Do you watch, doc?

3. Talk about “Dallas” in real life. Even in the age of Facebook and Twitter, nothing beats good, old-fashioned word of mouth. If you love “Dallas,” tell your friends, your co-workers, your barber, the person behind you in line at the supermarket … anyone and everyone who’ll listen.

Here’s an example of how you can slip “Dallas” into everyday conversation:

PERSON ON THE STREET: My goodness, it sure is hot today.

YOU: I’ll say it is! You know who else is hot: Josh Henderson, who plays John Ross on “Dallas,” which airs Monday nights on TNT. You should watch!

You get the picture.

Now get busy, “Dallas” fans. Let’s all pull together and and make our favorite show more popular than ever. The Ewings deserve nothing less, right?

How are you supporting “Dallas” this season? Share your comments below and read more features from Dallas Decoder.


  1. I encourage people to watch by inventing cocktails inspired by the characters! I’ll definitely work on talking the show up more.

    • I’ve been thinking about “The John Ross” Dallas Drink. I also think “The Sue Ellen” would be a fun one that I can do with my children, because it is non-alcoholic. In keeping true to the Sue Ellen character, I might sneak a shot or two in, just for myself.

  2. I always tell people about the show, but I will tell more!!

  3. I appreciate all that you do to keep this fan base growing C.B. Dallas is the best show in a long time that has come back to bless us, I hate seeing how poorly the ratings are, because this show promises so much excitement, and Dallas produces major suspense climax stories. I am a Texan and I also appreciate how all the writers and producers and actors give up their own personal life to live in Texas for several months. I hope there will be another renewal to give this show some more time and chances to raise the ratings.

  4. My family all of us were in the front of the Television set this is when we were little Knee high as a grasshopper we were glued to the TV. I never in my life see the day that I am in front of our TV watching the Orginal when the new show came along Patrick Duffy you pick it up right where it picked off and the here it is the new show in our Mist I am hooked. Love it and Bobby we love you and we want you to my favorite character and my favorite actor I am in love with Dallas I am hipped with the show so excited

  5. Are you kidding! That’s our family time in our house. I also have my friend catching up on TNT demand. We are hooked. Love all the story lines. Nicoli, oh boy, what a great actor👍

  6. Whatever it takes, whomever you have to destroy. Get those ratings up boy!-J.R. Ewing (adapted)

  7. Patricia Martin says:

    I watch Dallas twice on Mondays. Once at 6 PM and again at 8 PM. It also plays again during the week late at night, and I try to watch it again. It is and always has been my most favorite show.

  8. Do they consider other factors such as DVD sales and Netflix? I know of people who don’t watch it when it airs but do keep it up with it faithfully via Netflix.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I need some Dallas!!!!!

  10. If any network is smart they will pick this show up in an instant and get rid of their reality crap. There isn’t any good shows on now-a-days and when we finally get a good decent show on, the network morons cut it! Save Dallas!!! This Ewing family never goes down without a fight and when we are down we never quit fighting!!! Even Cliff Barnes is on the Ewing side on this one!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    please bring back Dallas.I look forward to watching it every Mon.

  12. Reyhan ceylan says:


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