The subtext of. This unbelievably stupid article brought to us. Courtesy of. the. Incredible Shrinking Los Angeles Times, is. that. Adultery sells on. Television because our society is. Changing to the. Point where. We’re now. Warming up. To the. Idea of marital infidelity. This is the actual subtitle of. This very poorly researched piece of. Cultural propaganda: Cheating spouses are. Prevalent on. Prime-time TV. Blame society’s changing views on. marriage and fidelity. the. Shows’. need. To push boundaries to succeed.
Twice as. popular. as. “Nurse Jackie”
In other words, television is. following. Society, not the. Other way around. Whatever. Here’s a snip:
Prime-time TV is. Starting to look. Like an ad for. Ashley Madison, the. Online dating service for. Married folks, where. the. Message is, “Life is. Short. have. An affair.”
To be. Sure, bed hopping as. A plot. Point is. nothing. new. in. Fact, it’s as. old. as. Storytelling itself. (see: the. Bible). But the. proliferation of. Adultery on. TV — seemingly occurring far more. Frequently than in. Real life — could. be. the. Result of. A perfect storm of. Cultural and sociological factors, industry veterans and sociologists say.
Among those. Factors: Cynicism about marriage is. Rampant. About half of. all. Marriages end in. Divorce, a number that’s remained steady for. Years. “Since the. ’60s and ’70s, we’ve seen a general loosening of. Mores in. This country and a cultural shift away from the. Core values of. Marriage, fidelity and monogamy,”. Said Julie Albright, a sociologist at USC. “People believe. Marriages don’t work anyway, so. seeing. Affairs on. TV kind of. Serves as. A model for. how. Things can and will. Go bad.”
Marriage has. never. Been less. popular. A recent Pew Research Center study found. that. A record-low 51% of. People older than 18 in. the. U.S. were married in. 2010, a precipitous drop from 72% in. 1960. if. the. Trend continues, married people will. no. Longer be. the. Majority in. A few. Years. new. Marriages decreased by. A sharp 5% last. Year. there. are. fewer. Married people in. all. Age groups. the. biggest. Decline has. Been among 18-to-29-year-olds, from 60% a half-century ago to the. Current 20%, perhaps illustrating that. the. Younger generation has. little. Faith in. getting. Hitched.
The Journal of. Family Psychology said recently that. between. 20% to 25% of. Married Americans will. Stray, though. Some estimates put. that. Figure as. High as. 60%. (The research, mind you, depends on. the. Willingness of. those. Participating to come. Clean.)
Hilariously, the. LA Times uses. the. Words “hit”. “popular”. To describe. these. Shows and yet never. Once mentions that. you. Don’t see a whole lot of. those. Shows on. This pesky little. Ratings list. in. Fact, is. there. even. One?
Because of the. Proliferation of. the. Number of. Cable channels and the. Subsequent fracturing of. the. Viewing audience, a show like “Nurse Jackie,”. which. Receives fewer. Than two. Million viewers, can now. be. Called a hit —. I guess. But articles like this one, that. Avoid context like the. Plague, are. Intentionally designed to make the. Right-of-center majority feel like they’re in. the. Minority. Facts be. Damned, the. L.A. Times has. Crafted this nonsense to make us. Feel outnumbered, like we. Don’t have. A seat at their cool. Kids’. Table where. Adultery is. in. Marriage is. as. Old-fashioned as. A buggy whip.
Come over. To the. Dark side. Clothing is. Optional.
Something else. the. Corrupt L.A. Times intentionally refuses to reveal is. that. Most of. the. “hit”. Shows they use to back up. Their argument don’t even. Pull in. as. Many viewers as. the. top. Shows they’re in. Direct competition with. on. Cable. Moreover, most of. the. top. Cable shows actually aren’t about pushing us. Closer to the sexual free for all the left so desires. in. Fact, many of. Them are. Conservative leaning in. Their cultural portrayals of. Small business owners, America, and the working-class.
You want a real laugh? Cable’s number-two show, “the. Closer,”. is. Not only about a female detective willing to do most anything. To put. Scumbags behind bars. (at least through. Season five) one of. Her primary antagonists is. A sleazy reporter from —. you. Guessed it –. the. Los Angeles Times.
Rizzoli and Isles (TNT): 8.44 millionThe Closer (TNT): 8.20 millionRoyal Pains (USA): 7.154 millionBurn Notice (USA): 7.151 millionCovert Affairs (USA): 6.74 millionPawn Stars (History): 6.33 millionJersey Shore (MTV): 6.07 millionDeadliest Catch (Discovery): 5.92 millionWhite Collar (USA): 5.28 millionAmerican Pickers (History): 4.98 millionIn Plain Sight (USA): 4.93 millionPsych (USA): 4.87 millionMemphis Beat (TNT): 4.59 millionHot in. Cleveland (TV Land): 4.27 millionThe Glades (A&E): 3.88 millionPretty little. Liars (ABC Family): 3.25 millionAmerican Chopper: Senior (TLC): 2.78 millionAre we. there. Yet? (TBS): 2.72 millionHaven (SyFy): 2.51 millionTop Shot (History): 2.47 million
Think about it. “top. Shot,”. An openly patriotic show about the. Beauty of. Firearms, draws almost. twice. as. Many viewers as. “Nurse Jackie,”. Yet the incredibly insulated and dishonest L.A. Times is. Panting over. how. A show watched by. less. Than one half of. One percent of. the. American people represents a part. of. Some new cultural zeitgeist.
To be. Clear, I don’t oppose storylines involving marital infidelity in. Television (or movies). Most of. those. I’ve seen portray adultery as. the. Soul-destroying behavior it is. But that. Doesn’t change the. Fact that. every. Point made in. This subtitle….
Cheating spouses are. Prevalent on. Prime-time TV. Blame society’s changing views on. marriage and fidelity. the. Shows’. need. To push boundaries to succeed.
Fact 1: Cheating spouses don't prevail on. Television —. just. on. the. Shows the. Bubbled-up, elitist left watch.
Fact 2: the. top. Shows on. Cable and broadcast television prove that. Infidelity and the. Pushing of boundaries are, in. Fact, not the. Keys to success. for. if. They were, “Nurse Jackie”. Wouldn’t be. getting. its. Nihilistic ass kicked by. the. Gun-loving, America-loving “top. Shot.”
Here’s something else. for. the. L.A. Times to suck on…
Another show they cite to prove their dishonest point is Showtime’s “Homeland,”. in. which. the. Protagonist is. A cheating spouse. the. “Homeland”. Season finale broke ratings records with a whopping 2.03 million viewers.
Well, gasp and egads.
But did you. Know that ”Sarah Palin’s Alaska”. Enjoyed more. Viewers on. A bad nite? Palin’s bad nite also beats another L.A. Times’. example, “Justified.”
Would someone please inform the. L.A. Times that. Wisful thinking and journalism are. Not the. Same things.
NOTE: the. Numbers used in. my. Ratings comparisons are. Apples-to-apples as. Far as. the. Number of. Viewers who. Watch a new. Episode the. Nite it premieres. Because most cable shows are. DVR’d and broadcast more. Than once throughout. Any given. Week, more. People will. Eventually see that. Particular episode, be. It “top. Shot”. or. “Nurse Jackie.” those. are. Called “across. Platform”. Ratings. I was only able. To find those. Numbers for. Some shows, not all.