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Recession Adds Another Victim: Reality TV

Nov 19, 2008  •  Post A Comment

The recession is having an effect on unscripted reality shows, the Los Angeles Times reports. An analysis by ad firm Horizon Media based on Nielsen Media Research data found that shows such as ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” CBS’ “Survivor” and NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” are showing ratings slumps that mirror the larger economy’s. Fox’s “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” has been hit the hardest, with its 18-49 audience half what it was last season.
—Christopher Perez

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