I don’t watch a lot of TV, but there are a few good shows that I watch regularly. Jericho is one of my favorites, along with New Amsterdam and Lost. Jericho was canceled after one season, but was brought back due to a huge campaign by it’s fans. However, it seems that Jericho still has low ratings with weekly viewership, and appears to be on the path for cancellation again. Why is that? Who are the people or families that are determining the TV show ratings? Who are these “Nielsen Families” that are determining what programming stays on TV and what shows are canceled? I’ve never been asked what shows I watch on a weekly basis, so who are these people that are governing viewership of shows?
It seems that these Nielsen Families favor reality shows over other kinds of programming. Why are shows like Big Brother: Till Death Do Us Part, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, and Paradise Hotel so popular? Are the majority of people watching TV these days only interested in mindless reality shows?
It seems that Jericho will be going the way of Journeyman, and I’ve been reading that New Amsterdam might also follow. Fortunately, Lost is still popular enough (or maybe it has a good time slot) for it to continue on for another year. So I guess I’ll have to accept the fact that most shows that I deem as being “good” will only last one season. I guess that’s truly reality.