See that weird bulky box that's sitting in the corner of your living room? That's what your grandparents watch "TV" on—instead of the computer screen you're looking at now, where practically everybody else watches their daily dose of TV. And while the idea of "people are watching more television on their computers" used to be anecdotal evidence—the evidence is getting a little less anecdotal-y. Vulture has this fun article about the ratings needed to make a "hit" today as opposed to five or ten years ago. For example...
9.2 million: Viewers it takes to get picked up [in 2011], this time for New Girl.
9.2 million: Viewers who watched Who Wants to Marry My Dad? on August 4, 2003.
9.8 million: What landed My So-Called Life in the bottom 10 for its entire run, before it was canceled.
- courtesy NBC
- Zooey Deschanel: "I'm a flop in 2003!"