The New Low Standards of Television Viewership

By Deane Barker on October 4, 2011

Why today’s TV hits would once have been considered bombs: If you need proof that things like social media and online video have utterly changed the TV landscape, check out this information from The Week:

We have shockingly low standards for calling shows hits these days, thanks to the overall ratings splintering that’s accompanied the rise of cable TV, online viewing, and DVRs.

35 million […] Number of viewers who tuned in for the premiere of Veronica’s Closet, Kirstie Alley’s short-lived and widely dismissed sitcom, in 1997 […]

9.2 million […] Number of viewers who tuned in for the series premiere of Zooey Deschanel’s FOX comedy New Girl. Those numbers helped it become the first new show of the fall to be picked up for a full season […]

Whoa.

52.4 million […] Number of viewers who watched the post-Super Bowl episode of Friends in 2004

26.8 million […] Number of viewers who watched the post-Super Bowl episode of Glee this year

That’s probably the most compelling evidence of a fundamental demographic shift that I’ve even seen.

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