top five shows were all reality TV, which is “quite tame” next to other TV.

top five shows were all reality TV, which is “quite tame” next to other TV.
For those who think the world is coming to a rapid end because of the proliferation of reality television, well, here’s some evidence: During the first week in March, the top five shows most popular with 18- to 49-year-olds were all reality TV shows. Three of them, though, were the same program: American Idol, which aired three times that week. Still, The Apprentice led the 18 to 49 pack. So far this season, half of the top 10 most popular shows (by total viewers) are reality TV—that is, if you split up Idol into Tuesday and Wednesday night versions. Meanwhile, up in Canada, the CBC’s Dan Brown writes that he decided “to see for myself what the critics of the genre are complaining about.” Apparently unaware that in America, we just make blind conjectures and flip out after reading headliens, he studied certain shows for a few months. His conclusion: “the conventional wisdom is flawed. In fact, if you judge reality TV according to the traditional benchmarks of objectionable TV content—sex, violence and foul language—it’s actually quite tame compared to traditional programming.”

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