Miércoles 28 de Septiembre de 2005, Ip nº 128

Reality TV bites, 82% say in poll
Por Bill Hutchinson

Longing for the days of phony TV, where laugh tracks and melodramas provided escapism, Americans say they are getting fed up with too much reality on the tube.
Eight in 10 adults have a message for TV programmers: ENOUGH ALREADY WITH REALITY!

The poll taken by The Associated Press and TV Guide shows viewers actually believe reality TV is primarily bogus.

A whopping 82% of the respondents said the shows, ranging from "American Idol" to "The Apprentice" and "Survivor," are either "totally made up" or "mostly distorted."

But only 30% of the respondents said truthfulness in reality shows really mattered to them, while 44% didn't care.

Viewers were also down on another form of reality TV - talk shows. About 56% said there was too much yapping.

Crime shows took a bullet, too, with 50% griping about the excess. But at the same time, the show most viewers were eager to see again was "CSI: New York" - CBS' hit drama about crime scene investigators in the city.

ABC's "Desperate Housewives," which is twice as popular with women as it is with men, was the second most anticipated show in the fall schedule.

Sitcoms were still a crowd pleaser with 49% happy with the amount on TV, and 20% begging for more.

Dramas were a draw with 61% of those surveyed and 19% said there was not enough drama on TV.

The poll also revealed that despite worries TV was rotting the minds of young people, older viewers could be more at risk. The median number of hours people over 65 logged in front of the TV was 14.7 per week, while those 18 to 34 spent about nine hours a week watching their sets.

  13/09/2005. Daily News.