Yeah, I'm just quoting what the bloke said in "Delta Quadrant" as I lack context for this - he described it as "the American version of Channel 5".Always amazing the way things change in terms of how we class "obscure" television viewership. Voyager was regularly drawing around 5M viewers a week on UPN (the obscure Paramount channel mentioned in the article) at the turn of the century. Though this was way down from the 10M average they were seeing during the first season, it was on the same channel and it was doing similar numbers to the Smackdown, also on UPN, which at the time was at the height of its popularity.
If you want to be really shocked at how values change, 22M people tuned into a Flintstones special in 1993 to see Pebbles and Bam Bam wed.
Live tv isn't a big thing, is a huge part of that I think.Yeah, I'm just quoting what the bloke said in "Delta Quadrant" as I lack context for this - he described it as "the American version of Channel 5".
I've had a similar observation about numbers - like, even the biggest big-name Twitch streamers, who are playing to a global audience where it being live is a big part of the gimmick (you wouldn't watch back a VHS recording of a Saturday morning phone-in show) only get a few thousand viewers, the sort of thing we mock certain TV channels for.
Like for like UK to US channel comparisons are pretty much impossible for both terrestrial and cable/satellite channels. The industry and marketplace are far too different. It's like saying Ross Perot's Reform Party is the US version of the SDP.Yeah, I'm just quoting what the bloke said in "Delta Quadrant" as I lack context for this - he described it as "the American version of Channel 5".
Live tv isn't a big thing, is a huge part of that I think.
To use Ryan's example of wrestling, the live tv figures of aew dynamite are around 800,000 but times warner have said oh around 4 million people watch that, they just don't do it live on tv.
The idea of this is when the show starts lets watch it, isn't there any more so viewing figures are far trickier to grasp. Like even with twitch, people watch the replays of live streams later all the time.
Obviously also less people watch tv full stop, but its important to note the figures also aren't really comparable.
Live events do help, depending on relative time zones of course. Sports in particular seem to have an immunity, which broadcasters hope extends to sports adjacent live presentations.You've just got to consider how many are in the 'yes I want to watch this Australian streamer, but as it's all on Twitch I can do so two days later rather than having to get up at 2AM' boat.