"Undercover Boss" Has Strong Ratings Against Olympics

I've been watching CBS's "Undercover Boss" since the first episode aired after the Superbowl. And the show has been held its own in the Neilsens, showing itself to be a strong competitor against the Olympics.

According to TV By The Numbers, the show placed second in households, viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.

However after seeing three episodes now, I'm noticing a very distinct pattern to the production: Each show is EXACTLY the same.

Take a CEO who's out of touch with his employees:
  • Give him a half day in a variety of next-to-nothing tasks that he is sure to screw up.
  • Introduce him to the hard-working, but medically-challenged employee (this last one was a 7-11 clerk on dialysis, but it could also be a garbage collector on chemotherapy.
  • Introduce him to some overworked, underpaid, employee that is too blind to notice they are being taken advantage of.
  • Introduce him to a talented, creative type whose talents would be better spent somewhere else in the company.
  • Have him uncover some issue or problem that needs to be corrected immediately.
Then give someone a raise, someone a vacation, and someone a job working with the marketing or public relations dept helping to shape the company's image. Have him speak in front of an assembly of employees and let them know that his experience has helped him to be a better boss and run a better company.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Seriously, is this the BEST they could do? It may be a ratings hit right now, but people are going to quickly get tired of this same formula over and over and over again.

I wonder how much the individual companies have paid the producers to get their company included in all this free advertising.

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