Is the recession driving viewers away from reality programming?We knew there had to be an upside, right? After all, when reality sucks, who wants even more reality?
There has been so much chatter about politics and the economic meltdown on TV this fall that it's obscured another reality: Some of the networks' biggest unscripted series have been sinking in the ratings.
New York-based ad firm Horizon Media today delivered an analysis of Nielsen Media Research data for broadcast series during the first two months of the TV season, compared with the same period last year. The verdict? Established reality-competition and game shows, including "Dancing With the Stars," "Survivor" and "Deal or No Deal," are suffering a slump almost as bad as the larger economy’s.
The Los Angeles Times piece is here. Gawker offers up their analysis here.