The continued and increasing success of Snooki and “The Situation” and the rest of the gang atnow evokes the most ratings-related venom for any show I’ve seen other than . Though the shows are very different, they bring up similar comments:
The lowest common denominator wins again
Ah, Americans, they love their trashy mindless programming
The average American is too stupid to appreciate intelligent programming
Sigh, the death of scripted programming is nigh!
I don’t watch either show, so I don’t have any skin in the game. But I can tell you as a long-time viewer of, I don’t see the ratings for or and get any kind of inferiority complex.
People love to be entertained, but it seems some people can’t accept that gracefully when a lot of other people’s entertainment choices aren’t the same as their own. It may be the case withthat Americans do in fact love their trashy programming, but evokes similar comments and it doesn’t seem particularly trashy.
The notion that the success of unscripted programs spells the death of scripted is pure nonsense. There’s more scripted content now than there ever has been. I’d argue there’s more quality scripted content than ever too, at least in terms of dramas – I haven’t been much of a sitcom viewer the last 10 years or so.
If anything, the success ofhas helped subsidize some of the lower-rated scripted programming on Fox (think and and experiments like and Dollhouse).
It’s a personal choice to “hate,” and that’s fine, but most of those comments are poppycock! Once you’ve heard real-life rocket scientists from the Lawrence Livermore Labs dissecting American Idol, you disabuse yourself of any notion of Idol being popular because it's for “the stupid people.”
But some of you can’t stand to see shows likeand American Idol succeed.