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Friday, May 07, 2004

Fewer friends than many thought

The Washington Post reported that a mere 52.5 million viewers tuned into the final episode of Friends. That's about half the number of the last episode of M*A*S*H* in 1983 and 24 million less than watched Seinfeld in 1998. In fact, it's just 2 million more than voted for George W. Bush in 2000. Perhaps all the media hoopla was ... um, fabricated. Dateline justified its decision to run a two-hour special on its fellow NBC program leaving the network's schedule as news because so many people cared about this cultural phenomenon. Whatever. It may have had commerical success but the talk in recent months of it being one of the best sitcoms of all time was a little much; it would have a hard time qualifying as one of the top five sitcoms of the last 10 years. It seems to have a core of viewers that were much like the six characters of the show -- self-absorbed beautiful people that never grew up; Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe selfishly pursued every want and had few responsibilities -- this is Thomas Hibbs' point about the children in the show. Friends did not connect with those viewers it had in any deep way. The show was the 20-something's and then the 30-something's entertainment (read: not life-altering event) on Thursday evenings. Good riddance.

Posted by Paul Tuns on May 7, 2004 in Television | Permalink

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Posted by: Joey deVilla | 2004-05-07 6:57:52 PM


As far as viewership goes, I'm sure it met its advertising targets. I'm not sure what else matters.

Posted by: randall g | 2004-05-08 12:37:51 AM



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