Classic Television Is Still Kickin’


With all of the conversation around the “modern way” of watching TV and the topic that live Television is slowly dying, it is hard to believe that the ritual of watching live sitcoms/shows with the family will continue to live on. This unfavorable thought persuaded me to research the actual evidence that TV shows could potentially be going out of style. According to the two articles posted below, “people aren’t leaving TV content, they just sometimes view it through alternative streaming options.” [sigh of relief]

Knowing this fact, however, isn’t particularly new news to us. It is very well known that Netflix and Hulu have been the main way of viewing TV shows for the past eight years. We know that binge watching sporadic shows is the new norm, but the data from the articles suggest these viewers aren’t just watching random shows, but more specifically, network television shows.

I find this interesting because when people think of Netflix or Hulu, normally the first thing that comes to mind is the endless amounts of movies and undiscovered shows that are available to stream at the click of a mouse. But what the analytical evidence has discovered is that Netflix and Hulu are used mostly to view network TV shows. This infers that people aren’t completely neglecting TV and the prevalent shows currently airing, but rather using the convenient streaming websites to either catch up on their favorite live TV show or go back and watch an episode they were not able to watch during the week when it was aired live.


The graphic above provides some visual data comparing the current viewing preferences along with the preferred streaming network.  The statistical circle is yet another reminder that TV is still definitely being watched, just not how it used to be. So carry on watching your favorite sitcoms and live television shows with your parents and siblings, and if you happen to miss it live, Netflix and Hulu have your back.

-Kendall Fischlein

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5 Responses to Classic Television Is Still Kickin’

  1. mediaphiles says:

    This is a really great point. If you can’t find the time to watch the show when it is on its air time or you’ve missed a season, it is right at your finger tips. It is unfair to assume that TV shows are in decline with the hectic schedule of one’s day! It is comforting to know that you find virtually any episode of any season of any show at your finger tips.

    -Meghan Murphy

  2. mediaphiles says:

    This is very interesting because I have also heard the concern about television shows being completely replaced by Netflix or Hulu, but it does make sense when you think about it that most people only use these two inventions to watch television shows. This certainly applies to me because I have both of these viewing options that allow me to watch a large amount of media that is not on television, yet I spend most of my time on Netflix or Hulu watching what aired on television first. The graphic was a great way to demonstrate this fact!

    -Lacey Worsham

  3. mediaphiles says:

    I wonder what percentage of the US population uses streaming to watch shows? It is all I do, but then again none of the shows I watch are on television and Netflix only has a limited set of options, most of which I have seen or are not interested in. I also do not think Netflix or Hulu will ever completely replace television unless they become networks themselves.

    -turner arrington

  4. mediaphiles says:

    I honestly don’t think I need a television anymore considering I can watch basically any show on Hulu or Netflix. I’m never worried anymore if I miss a series because I know that it’ll be streaming the next day! The only problem is avoiding hearing spoilers online or from my friends, and it’s interesting to think about which shows people watch on TV in order to avoid hearing any spoilers. The shows that come to mind are Game of Thrones or The Bachelor/Bachelorette.
    – Ziba

  5. mediaphiles says:

    Wow this is a really great point, I hadn’t thought of this before.
    Karly Morgan

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