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A Percespective On Ratings

By docarzt,

  Filed under: Lost News
  Comments: 5

A lot is being made of LOST’s ratings slump, but if you look at the big picture it is not the only show suffering in the ratings.  In fact, the problems seem to be industry wide.   Why have people suddenly stopped watching TV?  They haven’t.

According to an article making the rounds from Reuters, DVR usage is up nine points over last season.  Since DVR influenced ratings are classed differently than live viewer ratings, those viewers are sort of living behind the veil of what the networks consider important.  You can’t reliably sell advertising to DVR viewers.

The result is, a lot of words like ‘woes’ and ‘slump’ are making it into the press with regards to how the nets are feeling about things but the concentration of those worries is in the sense of networks abilities to sell advertising, and for how much.

The good news is, despite being down from season to season, LOST continues to dominate the top tier of the key ratings demo:  viewers between the age of 18-49.  The pickup in the DVR numbers helps bolster the on-air popularity of the show, and the success as a brand in general with DVD sales and merchandise really makes an indelible case for continuing to label the show a ‘phenom’.

From TVFrenzy:

  • lostfanboy16

    I know this has nothing to do with this but did anyone else see Damon and Carlton on Jimmy Kimmel last night.

  • CerberusVenting

    Thank you so much for pointing this out. I am so tired of trying to explain this to people, I come on here all the time and have it live bookmarked, Thanks for everything and keep up the good, no make that great work! and everyone else shut up about the ratings “slump” . we are lucky to consider 12 million LIVE viewers a “disappointment”

  • haha


  • milo

    LOST is only slightly down from last year, not bad at all compared to other shows, and it’s still extremely strong in the important demographic.

    Other shows like Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty and CSI came back to their lowest ratings they’ve ever had, down 20-30% or more in some cases.

    LOST’s comparison to last years is one of the stronger ones of a big show this spring.

  • morty

    sorry doc but the title of this article is spelt wrong…