If your household is like mine, you seldom watch TV shows when they first air anymore. And that's a problem for the broadcast networks
, as The Associated Press reports.
The networks are being hurt by a variety of factors. Some shows -- particularly serials -- had long breaks, and the audience didn't return when they did. Others may have overstayed their welcome, and in a multichannel, multimedia world, viewers aren't going to stick around after the shark jump.
Besides, with all those channels -- and DVRs and DVDs -- there's no need to watch a show right away. My wife and I have gotten in the habit of watching "House" on USA Network late Friday night before bed, so we don't bother with its initial Tuesday broadcast. A colleague prefers to watch "24" in one marathon session, so she waits until the season's over.
And, maybe, the TV's not on at all. (In my house, if it's on, it's often showing a movie or a baseball game.)
How about you? What are you watching -- and when? Or are you watching at all?