‘The Critic’ predicted NBC’s tough times

varietyAfter hearing about Roger Ebert’s death on Thursday, Romenesko reader Avi Forstein watched some of the Sun-Times critic’s old review shows and other broadcast appearances. Forstein writes: “I watched an episode of ‘The Critic’ he and Gene [Siskel] guest-starred on. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed ‘The Critic’ so I watched some more episodes. One of them has a gag in it that predicted the future! [“NBC Sinks to 5th”] 19 years ago…and the headline is true. Creepy!”

“The Critic” in 1994, when NBC had the top-rated show (“Seinfeld”)

…and a headline from 2013: