Posts Tagged ‘TV’
Old people love them some Fox News. That’s according to The New York Times, which reports that the median age of Fox News viewers has been 65 or older for the past five years. And lest you think those people are just passed out in their La-Z-Boys, they’re not! Well, some of them definitely are. But these viewers are the main reason Fox News generates huge profits, even though younger consumers are tuning the network out.
The elderly yelling “Give me my Fox News!” and “Where the hell are the Entenmann’s!?” force cable systems to shell out 94 cents a month to carry the channel. And with about 100 million subscribers, an expert guessed that Fox News will rake in $1.11 billion this year, just from those fees.
The passion of the Fox News viewer has some questioning the adage that the younger the consumer, the better.
“For some clients, getting old is a concern,” Tracey Riener, the senior vice president of Havas Media, told the Times. ”But for some clients looking for people close to retirement age or living in retirement, I would say the group 35 to 60 is still important.” Clients like La-Z-Boy.
According to a new Gallup poll, most of us turn to the tube for news, and it’s not even close. The survey, which asked a little over 2,000 adults what medium they view as their primary source of news, found that 55 percent said TV. The Internet was second, but was cited by only 21 percent of respondents.
As for print? A paltry nine percent of Americans turn to newspapers for news. The most often cited paper was the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, tied with one percent of the vote.
When respondents gave a specific TV outlet as their answer, Fox was named the most often at eight percent, followed by CNN at seven.
Does living in a nation where most people turn to Fox and CNN for news make you feel terrible or terrible? Please answer in the comments.
The Writers Guild of America has named The Sopranos — horrible last episode and all — the best written television show ever. In a list ranking 101 shows, the HBO series was followed up by Seinfeld (should have been number one!), The Twilight Zone and All in The Family.
The rankings were determined by online votes from Writers Guild members, who must need to re-watch Seinfeld. Are you picking up how mad we are that Seinfeld didn’t get the top spot? Because we could go on.
Here’s the list’s top 10:
1) The Sopranos
3) The Twilight Zone
4) All in the Family
6) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7) Mad Men
9) The Wire
10) The West Wing
Notice anything missing?