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TV Viewers in Sharp Decline as More People Awaken to the Idiocy of Television Programming
Natural News ^ | November 15, 2012 | J.D. Heyes

Posted on 11/15/2012 8:14:00 AM PST by Bon of Babble

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To: svcw

That’s the one....Sandy reminded me of “The Trigger Effect” episode.


51 posted on 11/15/2012 8:53:58 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: discostu
until the networks know who their kind is they’ll keep bleeding.

I initially read that as "...they'll keep bleeping"

Which seems to be about half of what goes on for dialogue any more.

52 posted on 11/15/2012 8:56:16 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: equaviator

Frank really understood television huh?

Been able to quote every line in that song since 1974...


53 posted on 11/15/2012 8:59:17 AM PST by Ammo Republic 15
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To: Bon of Babble
TURN IT OFF, NOW !


54 posted on 11/15/2012 8:59:24 AM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: discostu

Several of those ‘cable’ channel programs are getting massive audiences, when compared to some of the regular network programs.

Many regular network programs struggle to get 3 million viewers. The most popular regular programming shows [excluding major sports] seldom get 20 million viewers; they tend to get 12 to 15 million viewers.


55 posted on 11/15/2012 9:00:22 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Bon of Babble
Sometimes I turn on the TV to see what's going on and almost every time there's
homosexuality involved. Yesterday Target Store had a homo in their "Holiday" commercial
where a metro talking 20-something was calling another guy cute and wanted to invite him.

TV has turned into sodomite propaganda and it's grotesque and sickening.

I will not be shopping at those stores who do not promote Christmas at least as Christmas.

56 posted on 11/15/2012 9:02:51 AM PST by MaxMax
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To: NormsRevenge

They are probably trying to figure out how to insert the Lesbian kiss, which seems to be mandatory on all programs now.
57 posted on 11/15/2012 9:05:04 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: HamiltonJay
History Channel has been a joke for a long long time now...
True enough, and it's not just them. A few weeks ago I noticed the Military Channel was running episodes of - Who Was The Real Jesus?
Too many channels like MC or Discovery, History, etc., have rerun their own material for so long, no one watches anymore.
While claiming new shows are too expensive to produce, they're happy to run anything now as long as the get their 24 minutes of commercials per half hour.
58 posted on 11/15/2012 9:08:07 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: HamiltonJay
History Channel has been a joke for a long long time now...

I liked it better when they were "The Hitler Channel."

59 posted on 11/15/2012 9:11:38 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: WKB
They are cutting out some of my favorite parts of Andy Griffith to make room for commercials

Several years ago, I was watching one of the old I Love Lucy programs [and I know most of them by heart, since I have seen them so many times].

One this particular one, early in the program there was an exchange between Fred and Lucy. It got cut to make room for commercials.

At the end of the program, another exchange happened between Fred and Lucy, but it was meaningless -- because it was dependent on the previous exchange -- which had now been cut out.

Those old programs had about 28 minutes of content. New 'half-hour' programs have about 21 minutes of content. If they try to put a 28-minute content, they must cut. When they cut, they lose something that was essential to the original 28-minute program.

But, the network philosophy is that 'content' is the filler between commercials.
60 posted on 11/15/2012 9:12:27 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Pining_4_TX
I mainly watch sports, but you can’t get away from the filth even there because the networks show raunchy previews for their sick shows during sports programming.

The most disgusting thing is the Viagra ads that ran seemingly non-stop during The World Series.

61 posted on 11/15/2012 9:13:24 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: ari-freedom

Yeah. Forgot that hair-brains guy.


62 posted on 11/15/2012 9:15:02 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: oh8eleven

Sorry, but that’s nonsense... paying a few re-enactment no name actors to do a few bits, and interviewing a few historians and showing some B roll and still drawings/paintings while narrating something about history is about as damned cheap as you can get in terms of production cost.

Fact is, like it or not they found they could get the same ratings or more doing what they do now. Its their perogative, but so be it.

I also do tend to watch How Its Made or How do They Do it as well from time to time... but the channels that were once stable options in my choice are now to point where I couldn’t even tell you what channel number they are.


63 posted on 11/15/2012 9:15:43 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay
History Channel has been a joke for a long long time now...

Similar with SciFi, which became SyFy.

The owner groups are trying to de-nichify some of these niched channels by broadening their programming for more appeal.

When I got cable in 2003, I watched SciFi almost daily. Now, I seldom watch it - too many 'reality' ghost hunter type programs and wrestling and goshawful made for SyFy movies.


64 posted on 11/15/2012 9:17:42 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: ArGee

Vitametavegimin still cracks me up.


65 posted on 11/15/2012 9:19:16 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: TomGuy
When I got cable in 2003, I watched SciFi almost daily. Now, I seldom watch it - too many 'reality' ghost hunter type programs and wrestling and goshawful made for SyFy movies.

Classic Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, Quantum Leap, Sliders...

66 posted on 11/15/2012 9:24:16 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Enterprise

Did anyone here ever see “Hometown Security”

It turned out one of the male police officers used to be a woman, the chief is a fat woman who urinates on herself (yes ON CAMERA, and there are a bunch of unwatchable old farts who run the place and talk about explicit sex and use language you know they think is going to make the show popular but in reality it is sick and perverted

I actually feel sorry for the cameramen who are following them around 24/7


67 posted on 11/15/2012 9:25:40 AM PST by Mr. K (We need a TEA PARTY MARCH ON GOP HEADQUARTERS!)
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To: who knows what evil?
one of the best lines ever in the history of television:

WKRP's Arthur Carlson [panicked]: 'I've got a monkey on my foot!'


68 posted on 11/15/2012 9:26:39 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: dfwgator; LS

I took a “History of Technology” class in college that was based around that show, and the book that went with it. Worthwhile.


69 posted on 11/15/2012 9:27:04 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: Mr. K

I have the honor of having never having seen it. And if per chance I come across it, I thank you in advance for the warning and I will promptly skip it.


70 posted on 11/15/2012 9:27:28 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: dfwgator
“Connections”

Bump. Birch(sp) is the host, I believe.

71 posted on 11/15/2012 9:28:17 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (We were the tea party before there was a tea party. - Jim Robinson)
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To: Bon of Babble

***I’d rather listen to classic rock or conservative radio.***

Just tuned my TV to the music selections for the first time;)

It then occurred to me that we can almost trace the decline of America’s manners and taste in the history of music.

From classic symphony thru Sinatra, Elvis, Beatles, BeeGees, Country & Gospel to Hip-Hop and finally Rap. I stopped buying recordings after Elvis.


72 posted on 11/15/2012 9:29:52 AM PST by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: dfwgator
I’ve introduced my kids to the show “Connections” (all of the episodes are actually on YouTube). Who needs regular TV?

"Connections" with James Burke is fabulous TV.

There's a book available as well. (Shortened Amazon link)

73 posted on 11/15/2012 9:31:23 AM PST by whd23 (Every time a link is de-blogged an angel gets its wings.)
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To: TomGuy

That’s what happens when you build an audience and build their confidence in you. I’m totally in AMC’s pocket right now, because they’ve put out enough shows that amaze me that when they announce a new show I give it a shot, even if it’s not necessarily a subject I normally find interesting their track record is good enough to give them a few hours. Because the broadcast networks are so scatter shot I don’t have that kind of confidence in any of them. No matter how many good shows Fox greenlights I don’t assume they’re next one will be any good, because for every Terminator they put on they also put on a Glee and an American Idol.


74 posted on 11/15/2012 9:31:33 AM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: Bon of Babble

If the Democrats are willing to cheat to win elections, and that’s not even debatable anymore...just the magnitude is, then why would any advertiser think that the broadcast networks don’t cheat about their ratings? If the advertisers knew the real ratings numbers, they’d only pay a quarter of what they are paying to put commercials on a broadcast network.


75 posted on 11/15/2012 9:32:26 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: kevkrom
I still have 1 year left on a contract with DirecTV, thanks to some equipment upgrades we got a year ago, but when it expires, I'm seriously considering dropping the whole thing, and just go with some form of Roku or AppleTV type of solution, with streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or Hulu to get only what I want at considerably lower prices.

You and me both. I have all these DirectTv channels that I never watch, except for the Walking Dead and the occasional National Geographic show. After the contract is up, I am getting the hell rid of it.

76 posted on 11/15/2012 9:32:41 AM PST by Hacksaw
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To: Enterprise
Christina Applegate in Married With Children. OMG! It still hurts so good.

You betcha! But she wasn't the only good thing about the show in the early years (I think it went downhill after "Steve" left).The exchanges between Peg and Al were classic! "Peg,you *know* I don't have any insurance so you must be killing me for the sport".Classic scripts...classic delivery.

77 posted on 11/15/2012 9:32:54 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: dfwgator
"and they now mostly come with English closed captioning."

Thanks for the great idea! I never thought to check the CC to see if there was English subs on those shows. I get about 50% from my limited Spanish or they just talk too fast to keep up.

78 posted on 11/15/2012 9:34:35 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: dfwgator
I’ve introduced my kids to the show “Connections”..

Great,great series.My God,those Brits really know how to make a documentary series.

79 posted on 11/15/2012 9:35:09 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: TomGuy
No, no -- WKRP's Les Nesman, "I thought turkeys could fly". Now, there was a funny show.
80 posted on 11/15/2012 9:36:26 AM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: Gay State Conservative

The other great documentary is “The World At War.” When I think of Laurence Olivier, I think primarily of his narration on that series.


81 posted on 11/15/2012 9:37:00 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: svcw
“Ow My Balls!”, while we drink Brawndo. it’s got electrolytes.

And eating Carl's Jr's "Big A** Fries."

82 posted on 11/15/2012 9:38:25 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: discostu
because for every Terminator they put on

There were a couple of interesting things to Terminator, but I stopped watching after only a few episodes because of one nagging question.

How can a man who is emasculated by the two women protecting him ever turn out to be the leader of the free world? I remember an old Bugs Bunny cartoon that opened with printed words on the screen. "The Klondike - where men are men and women are women. (A darned good arrangement!)"

I miss that arrangement.

83 posted on 11/15/2012 9:39:55 AM PST by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
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To: sassy steel magnolia
You seem to have this entertainment thing figured out. What is roku? I haven't heard of it. I am somewhat aware of hulu etc. Is it cheaper than cable? The only things I really watch are some old movies on TNT and NCIS on USA and Raymond reruns. Not much else.
Thanks for any info. regarding this roku thing. Mrs. Mandingo likes NCIS and stuff like Psych. on USA.
84 posted on 11/15/2012 9:40:45 AM PST by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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To: prof.h.mandingo

Go to hulu.com. Try free stuff before you sign up for pay content. I don’t pay for anything and I do OK.


85 posted on 11/15/2012 9:42:46 AM PST by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
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To: MaxMax

Target has banners all over their stores proclaiming Christmas, they cam out last week


86 posted on 11/15/2012 9:42:58 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: HamiltonJay
History Channel has been a joke for a long long time now...

In the last decade it has been the Worldwide Disaster Channel. All of their shows seem to promote the global warming/environmental agenda.

87 posted on 11/15/2012 9:43:06 AM PST by rllngrk33 (Things will continue getting worse until at least January 2016.)
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To: TruthWillWin
Honey Boo Boo is about this fat stupid woman and how she shacks up with on of her ex idiot baby-daddies and her homely daughter nicknamed Honey Boo Boo.

They dress up this poor kid for talent shows and slather on the makeup and parade her around pageants

It is so grotesque I could not even watch one episode

I dont know if these people are on Welfare but they should be- they have no discernable talents of any kind that I can see.

88 posted on 11/15/2012 9:43:06 AM PST by Mr. K (We need a TEA PARTY MARCH ON GOP HEADQUARTERS!)
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To: TruthWillWin

I haven’t owned a tv in about 5 years and don’t really miss it. So much to do on my laptop that I do not really need it. I do catch American Idol and especially Shark Tank which are two fascinating shows.


89 posted on 11/15/2012 9:44:20 AM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: discostu
I’m totally in AMC’s pocket right now, because they’ve put out enough shows that amaze me that when they announce a new show I give it a shot, even if it’s not necessarily a subject I normally find interesting

I did the same thing. I didn't watch The Walking Dead when it first started because the zombie-genre wasn't really my thing (or my husband's). Well, we were bored one summer weekend, and Netflix had the first season of The Walking Dead available, so I asked him if he wanted to watch it. I got this look, like, "okay, she has finally gone completely around the bend". But, I convinced him that I had read great reviews, and people seemed to like it; and, anyway, if we really don't like it, we can turn it off and never watch it again.

He sighed and said, okay --- and, we got hooked. It is now one of the few shows we look forward to every week. Same with Breaking Bad. I really wasn't interested in this show because of the subject matter; but, we both like Bryan Cranston (my husband is of the opinion that he will do anything for his "craft"). So, Netflix again, and, again, we are hooked.

AMC really is putting out some good stuff. Interesting stuff; but, adult stuff.

90 posted on 11/15/2012 9:44:20 AM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: Mr. K
They dress up this poor kid for talent shows and slather on the makeup and parade her around pageants

That's tantamount to child abuse.

91 posted on 11/15/2012 9:44:48 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: LibertarianLiz

Sorry just could help myself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf3mgmEdfwg


92 posted on 11/15/2012 9:46:08 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Bon of Babble

I Love Lucy, frankly, even as a kid born in 1983, I think it’s funny, and frankly innocent in its scope too. I mean, in the show, a married couple doesn’t even share a bed, and I believe the lead actor/actress were also married in real life too. I found it interesting, and frankly a stark contrast to what constitutes entertainment now: naked people, sex, and political issue obssession. Even films about the past time periods seem to be biased towards the liberalism of the 2000s.


93 posted on 11/15/2012 9:46:19 AM PST by Morpheus2009
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To: dfwgator
the women are hot, there are no fags on them,

LOL now that was funny!

94 posted on 11/15/2012 9:48:55 AM PST by Hacksaw
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To: svcw

Oh, it is just a week before Thanksgiving, so it is appropriate. I love that skit.


95 posted on 11/15/2012 9:54:14 AM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: discostu

Making the whole Terminator thing into a show was just bad. So the issue I had with the show was that it redundantly repeated the theme for many episodes emphasized in the films. When is this John ultimately going to really fight for himself? I ran this question repeatedly in my head as I watched it. Stand up for once, and perhaps you’ll realize that you don’t need some random Terminator chick or not, and your Mom to babysit you every step of the way. I do respect mothers, but the level of actually standing up for himself was disappointingly less than I expected. I will admit, for a TV show, it was a great dazzle of special effects, but the plot felt reused from the movies.


96 posted on 11/15/2012 9:54:37 AM PST by Morpheus2009
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To: Bon of Babble

I get Diane Sawyer at 6 PM on ABC nightly news.

I switch over to a Fox retro station & watch Hopalong Cassidy.

More interesting & I know the bad guys won’t last beyond the 1/2 hour. Nice horse, also.

Cisco Kid & Pancho are on in the afternoon & are far more interesting that another re-incarnation of Ricki Lake.

I only get Jim Bowie once a week on Sunday afternoons, tho. Scott Forbes is a real hunk!!


97 posted on 11/15/2012 9:54:45 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: ArGee

That was actually a big part of the internal conflict in the show, everybody desperately wanted to protect but how’s he supposed to develop the skills necessary to save the world if they never give him a chance to do anything more interesting than re-arrange supplies. I wouldn’t say they emasculated him, but they were certainly over protective. As the show went on he developed more independence, of course he’s a teenager so a lot of that independence was making very stupid decisions, which of course is why they wanted to protect him all the time.


98 posted on 11/15/2012 9:55:11 AM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: dfwgator
I guess “The New Normal” now for NBC refers to their lower ratings.

The article says that NBC's ratings are improving.

99 posted on 11/15/2012 9:57:28 AM PST by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: Bon of Babble

I watch re-runs of The Honeymooners and have the same reaction. Just good, funny entertainment!


100 posted on 11/15/2012 9:58:29 AM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around.")
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