[Spoilers] Season 12 Discussion Thread in Season 12 Posted October 2, 2019 On 9/30/2019 at 4:54 AM, Tensor said: It's a combination of things. You have to remember that early cable was mostly local over the air channels, a few superstations, and premium cable. As more and more different channels were started, in the 90s, viewers had more and more choices as far as what to watch. With so many different choices, there was bound to be something, besides broadcast that someone might wish to watch. You also have to factor in the internet. As the internet matured and people connected to it, people were finding their entertainment on the internet, instead of on TV. I am not talking about streaming here. Using me as an example, at the height of this forum, and before I was even a mod, I was spending 2-3 hours a night here, and 2-3 hours a night at a science forum, time I wasn't watching television. Others have similar stories, but probably for different things. On-line gaming also took away from people watching TV. Now, you have the cord-cutters who don't have cable, or antenna's, and get their TV through their streaming service, on their computer (my daughter is like this). I have my streaming services, and some cable channels that I get from the streaming service, and I have an antenna). But most of the cord cutters, don't have broadcast. And then you have those that continue to watch TV the way God intended, over the air, through an antenna, and on a television. My neighbor falls into that category. Most of these are elderly, and their numbers get fewer and fewer every year. So, here is the simplified reasons: 1. You have those who chose to watch various channels, (like TBS, TCM, BBC, HBO, ESPN, etc), through their cable system, rather than watching broadcast channels. 2. You have those who are spending time on the internet, rather than watching broadcast networks. 3. You have the cord cutters, who don't watch or even have access to the broadcast networks (and if they do, they are probably streaming from the network archive), or are watching their streaming services. 4. Finally, yo have those who actually watch the networks, but as these tend to be older, their numbers are getting smaller. Hope this makes sense. And there was I thinking I was normal. I watch only Freeview TV, but never live. If there's something I might want to watch I record it to the HD and watch it later, FF-ing over the ads. Then if it's something I might want to watch again (like TBBT) I copy it to DVD. Then I erase it. This pattern isn't one of those you mention.