Declining T.V. Shows
It is an undisputed fact that T.V. is a very popular pastime in America. The content of American television shapes our country’s reputation and image on a global scale. However, not all American television can stay popular forever. As more and more people turn to the Internet for their entertainment, many shows have lost viewers and popularity. In particular, these three shows may have started their long decline.
Fox’s “American Idol,” the popular reality music show that revolutionized television, would seem an unlikely candidate to have lost its luster. However, during the 2012 season alone, it lost over 25% of its viewers. This stunning downturn bumped the show to second place in popularity for a brief period of time in the Wednesday slot behind Big Bang Theory. Critics blame the rating downturns on the new judges and the simple fact that “American Idol” has been on for ten years. According to the LA Times, the show suffers from “waning viewer curiosity over two new judges and advancing age.” However, while the show has declined in viewership, it still remains one of the most watched programs on T.V., so don’t count it out yet.
One of the latest fads in American television, Fox’s “Glee” has fallen upon hard times in the ratings department recently. The show, a musical comedy-drama centered on a high school glee club that explores social issues through musical performances, saw its viewer base decline by about 20% this year. Many factors have contributed to the show’s recent slump. One is the recently lowered rate of guest star appearances on the show. According to USA Today, “The show relied too heavily on guest stars, outlandish plots and inconsistencies among characters.” However, some critics say the show is merely losing some of its hype and finding its niche of core viewers, which may prove “Glee” to be a success for years to come.
Now in its eighth season, this comedic show on Nickelodeon has long made children of all ages laugh out loud. However, it has recently been running out of fresh content. Newer episodes have dumbed down their humor and the content is no longer new. Some say that the show has shifted towards younger audiences. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The show may be suffering from overexposure.” This is hardly surprising, as the show accounts for 31% of Nickelodeon‘s total programming. The recent poor quality of the show has had a staggering effect on its ratings: in one year, the show’s average viewers in the 2-11 age category dropped 29%. Despite this loss, the show still enjoys a massive viewer base and remains one of the most popular children’s shows on television. It has been renewed for a ninth season, and thus doesn’t look like it’s going to be going anywhere for the time being. However, the much-loved show’s life on-air may finally be drawing to a close in the foreseeable future.