Viewers are frustrated by Reality Television taking over their TVs according to a wave of responses in the TV Tonight Audience Inventory for 2014.
While numbers for some Reality shows have been down lately, viewers completing the annual survey have vented in the survey’s General Comments section.
Many are making it known they are bored by Reality Television’s dominance and overruns, and are turning to Timeshifted viewing and sourcing television from overseas in response.
While Reality TV shows still rank high in weekly ratings, a number of shows have seen a drop in finales, premieres or weekly averages from preceding seasons. MasterChef was one of the recent few to buck the trend.
Here are just a sample of comments on the topic (and there are plenty more where that came from):
I hate reality TV it’s dead boring! Especially cooking shows!
Free to Air television in Australia is appalling. The availability of quality television shows that emerge from around the world is incredibly limited, even arriving on DVD months after seasons are complete overseas, resulting in the need to illegally download shows. Reality television has driven away all intelligence and quality from television.
Too many reality shows!! They cause late starts and then other programs lose watchers.
Apart from sport, nothing worth watching. xfactor/voice/dancing/block/mkr etc all crap.
Far too much REALITY junk with plastic people, cheap to make, invest in some good local drama’s for those of us with a brain!
More Australian drama and comedy please.
Hate reality TV competition shows (Voice, Masterchef, Block etc).
Australian FTA relying totally on reality shows has become incredibly boring esp as they run for up to 3 hours
Need to keep up Australian shows that aren’t reality.
Too much reality TV. I like the shows but not a whole year of it all! Exhausting.
Too much reality and not enough faith in good Aussie drama and comedy.
I find I am watching less and less FTA, especially commercial channels – I will watch specific shows either live or timeshifted if I work evenings or else Netflix which we started earlier this year. SBS and ABC continue to lead in terms of their catchup services while the commercial networks seem to be struggling to find a way to just make them work.
There is way too much reality TV shows on TV.
Substandard programing by the big 3. They drive viewers to alternative sources.
Enough with excessive reality TV, annoying pop-ups and distracting watermarks!
Sad state, compared to what it used to be. The staggered programming, designed so you can’t change channels b/w show is only doing them selves harm in the long run, because people are then forced to find other ways of watching tv.
Needs a lot more fast tracking and a lot less reality television.
Too much reality rubbish and TBBT pushing drama later and later.
Increasingly turning off, too much reality crap.
A lot more can be done to keep the younger audience entertained, like more Aussie content and less reality.
Really sick of programmes starting late and FTA channels not being consistent in keeping a show on until series has finished or changing times and days around. Also very sick of shows such as The Block, The Voice and X Factor. A lot of reality shows just go on far to long and over time making others late and if you set to record miss the end of what you want to watch.
This is the final week of polling for the Audience Inventory 2014.
If you’d like to have your say you have until Friday.