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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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kechn kechn 7 years
I'm following Entourage. Summer is just not the season for TV.
planetkate planetkate 7 years
Except for True Blood and The Closer, all the shows I've been watching are older/on DVD... Reality TV bites...and I feel like everything else has become so generic.
O000 O000 7 years
There's nothing good to watch on tv or the theatres. Most of today's movies and tv programs are crap.
Jinx Jinx 7 years
Although I watched Jillian on the Bachelorette...(Ummm, how do you spell that word?! I've tried several times, none look right!) And I don't usually watch those, I have been watching alot less tv this summer.
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
Tv is boring. Maybe no one can afford it anymore.
wowitsjessicka wowitsjessicka 7 years
I'm not a big fan of reality TV and there aren't many good shows I'd like to watch like Scrubs or Family Guy or even House on. Not to mention since the weather is gorgeous I'd like to get as much of that I can in before it snows - where I'll be spending the majority of my time on my butt inside watching shows.
caidualce caidualce 7 years
less nowadays. nothing much to watch anyway..
JessieSP JessieSP 8 years
Not really. I'll watch the same amount.
thescott thescott 8 years
My TV watching habits definitely have changed drastically. Add together the introduction of TiVO into my life and the fact that this summer's TV is kind of, well, bad, and I really find myself not watching TV as much as a used to. I imagine it's the same for lots of people out there.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
Yes, and I usually don't watch that much. Most of the shows on TV now are just ridiculous and a huge waste of time.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 8 years
I HATE Summer TV!! It drives me nutso...The only shows I watch are Tori & Dean (I know :rollseyes: ) and Nurse Jackie! Oh but I am sooo excited Big Brother is back I got really spoiled last year when it was on twice because of the writers strike
malpal8 malpal8 8 years
Yes, I agree with a lot of other people. There just aren't many good shows on this summer!
midori0e midori0e 8 years
I have 2 agree w/all of the posters here. Can't think of anything 2 watch this summer, unless its a movie on TV.
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
I only watch SYTYCD and Better Off Ted... I can't remember EVER being this bored with television. ever.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I clicked on the wrong one. I am watching less tv now. I catch SYTYCD, Royal Pains, True Blood, and just two to three others.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
ugh, *missing*
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Absolutely. Only new shows I watch are True Blood and Top Chef Masters. Although my movie rental percentage has probably gone up a lot as a result of the lack of summer shows. I'm kind of midding Swingtown now that it's summer again.
superstar2780 superstar2780 8 years
I voted 'no' because I don't usually watch that much in the summer anyway because there's nothing on. I always follow SYTYCD, and I've been watching 'chopped' on food network, and 'obsessed' on a&e. but summer is a good time for me to catch up on reading, since I have so many good daylight hours after work to sit outside with a book.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
There is not much to watch that I like and I'd rather read a good book instead.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
nope - i think that i'm watching the same amount. granted there are more reality shows on so it's not like i'm watching the most high quality programming but's the same amount of TV
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
I too am watching less because there aren't as many shows on that I want to watch.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
definitely less. i've been watching the listener, the bachelorette, real housewives and using netflix and hulu.
komler komler 8 years
There is nothing interesting on TV in the summer, so it's really a toss-up between watching DVDs and recorded shows - which isn't reflectd in the viewer numbers. If they gave me a show like Young Americans to watch again, I would try to tune in...
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