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Are You Watching Less TV This Summer Than Usual?


Summer is not usually a time for massive TV ratings, but this year is looking even worse than normal: last week, the networks combined for the worst ratings in the 18-49 demographic ever. Yeah, ever.

Even the buzzed-about I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here! wasn't a hit, and made-for-Summer reality shows like The Superstars on ABC aren't raking in viewers, either. Maybe even worse, original scripted shows have been posting abysmal ratings — like Tuesday's return of Better Off Ted, only seen by 1.9 million viewers. There are some bright spots (So You Think You Can Dance does fine, and America's Got Talent had a decent if not spectacular premiere), but they're the exceptions.

Since many of you fall into that 18-49 demographic, I'm wondering if your viewing habits have changed this Summer. Are you turning off the TV altogether (maybe heading outside, where — contrary to what this picture suggests — cable hookups don't come standard)? Or are you watching the same amount of TV, but more of it on cable or online?

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