Tuesday, January 11, 2011

'Cause We've Got Nothing Better to Do: TV Viewing Continues to Edge Up in U.S.

From The New York Times:
Americans watched more television than ever in 2010, according to the Nielsen Company. Total viewing of broadcast networks and basic cable channels rose about 1 percent for the year, to an average of 34 hours per person per week.
On the one hand, I'm not hugely surprised - after all, there are lots of unemployed and underemployed people around, 17.5% nationally, according to CBS in October 2010:

On the other hand, I'm somewhat saddened by WHAT people are watching, as I don't understand the appeal: "Jersey Shore," shows about cops and robbers, and God-only-knows-how-many shows about competitive singing, competitive dancing, and competitive ridiculousness and humiliation (though that one was finally canceled).

I just don't get it - what's the attraction?

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm, the embedded video only seems to work in Internet Explorer - I can't figure out why, but it seems to be a problem on CBS's end. Sorry!