Sitcoms- Broadcast Management Essay

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Coleman O’Brien Broadcast Management Professor Lancaster March 18th, 2015 Sitcom Internet Assignment Sitcoms once had their glory day and was the go to genre for television shows. Back in the 90’s and early 2000’s televison networks were flooded with sitcoms. There was an abundance of these types of shows and they brought in huge ratings and were extremely successful, often taking the top spots in the Nielsen ratings. Today we have seen a huge shift in the genres that are on television. Sitcoms are seeming to be a thing of the past. Every year networks are deciding to air less and less sitcoms and they are just not pulling in the ratings like they used to. Some say the audiences’ shift away from sitcoms is due in large fact that they are just not funny anymore while others believe it is just because our culture has changed and we now have different interests. But everyone can agree sitcoms have been on a downward spiral over the past several years and viewership seems to be leading towards other genres such as dramas and reality TV. There is stastical data and facts that prove sitcoms are becoming a thing of the past and are a dying breed. You can compare the Nielsen ratings from a few years ago to now and see that there has been a dramatic shift in the types of shows that are pulling in the highest ratings. For example, if you look at the TV ratings for the late 90’s and early 2000’s sitcoms were consistently in the top rated shows. Today you are lucky if you find one sitcom in the top 10 rated shows. In 2001 “Friends” ranked number one in the Nielsen ratings bringing in the most viewers at that time with an average viewership of 21.7 million. “Friends” along with other sitcoms like “Wiil and Grace”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, and “Seinfeld” consistently brought in large numbers of viewers and were the top rated shows each week they aired. That is not the

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