Friday, February 9, 2018
Speaking of the screenshot, you can see that Chicago P.D. was the second-most watched broadcast show on February 7. But its numbers betrayed the dreaded OLD SKEW (boo, hiss). That green "11" in Adults 50+ is not what execs want to see, according to conventional wisdom.
So what does all this have to do with game shows? You probably know the answer: ever since the 1960s TV execs have known that traditional game shows tend to skew old. And I mean really old. GSN reportedly has a median viewer age up there with the cable news networks, and that's old older oldest. I've already speculated that Buzzr's median viewer age is somewhere in the hereafter.
Funny thing, GSN doesn't seem to mind the old skew any more. Demo-chasers like Skin Wars are long gone from the schedule, which has been wall-to-wall traditional for quite a while now. In its promos GSN is even boasting that its "comfort food" game shows are designed for elderly types like moi. (Well, they don't make it quite that explicit, but the pitch is pretty obvious.)
The secret is that the entire country is getting old, especially as the baby boomers move into their seventies. And, after all, there are advertisers who want to reach aged folks like your friendly blogger. So if you can't beat the demos, why not live with them?