Friday, May 07, 2004

Friends An Underachiever?

A lot of people watched the friends finale, no question about it. 52.25 million people to be exact, or a 25.9 share, according to this article. Sounds impressive, and it is for a given week. But as a finale/supposed large-scale cultural event, it's actually pretty disappointing. It wasn't even the highest rated Friends episode - the post Super-Bowl show takes that crown. Moreover, the Friends finale had half of the viewers of the *M*A*S*H finale (106 million to 52).

Of course, when *M*A*S*H went off the air, there were far less shows competiting for people's attention. There were far less things competiting for people's attention period. In fact, I'm not quite sure what people did in the 70s and early 80s. Talk to each other I guess. Without IM!

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