May 22, 2007

The Simpson’s

Last Sunday, “The Simpson’s” 400th episode aired on Fox. It also aired its 399th Episode right before. The 400th episode was a take on Fox’s other show “24.” The 399th episode was about things said and done on television. It wasn’t that great, but it did raise an interesting question. Fox News has been considered conservative and pro-republican, so why are there so many shows on fox that “push” the envelope. For example, “The War at Home” is one of the most distastefully done “comedy’s” that has ever been on TV.

Homer and Lisa (Simpson) conclude that Fox airs these raunchy shows so the FCC will fine them. The FCC, which is controlled by the Republican Party, gives the money to support the Republican Party! Homer and Lisa go on to explain what Fox’s and the Republican Party’s agenda really is, but there is a voice over, so you can’t hear what they are saying.

Yes, I know Homer and Lisa are fictionalized characters in a show that has been on for 20 years now. But the question is interesting. If Fox is so conservative, why do they air so many shows that don’t align with the “Right-Winged” conservatives and certainly not the religious right?

The answer is simple. The ratings. Fox has been ranked #1 in the 18-49 year old demographic market for 7 of the past 8 years and number #1 among teens for 12 of the last 15 years. Of course, with #1 ratings comes MONEY!.

NewCorp (which owns Fox) generated revenue of over $25 billion! Over $5 billion comes from Television shows (not cable/satellite programs). Therefore, Fox (as well as other networks) will air whatever draws a crowd and will generate the most money for them. Want to see people eat bugs? Turn to CBS. Want to see rich “lonely” housewives? Turn to ABC. Want rude/crude humor? Turn to Fox.

I guess that is why I watch PBS when I feel like having the TV on. Even if I barely get the channel with my antenna, the sound and picture are usually fuzzy and snowy, but it is still better than watching the rest of the garbage on TV.

The crazy part is many people pay $20 to over $100 a month to watch the garbage!
Just my thoughts.

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