NOTE: Due to Discovery moving the low-rated Rob Riggle: Global Investigator to an overnight time slot, my Friday blog post will be delayed until I have had a chance to watch the show sometime Friday morning.
It’s slow-going this week thanks to a dearth of interesting claims to write about, so I am going to take today off. After all, I wasted enough time this week slogging through Dark Fleet. But before I sign off for the day, I’ll report that the Nielsen figures for Saturday’s History Channel broadcasts find that the surge of audience interest in Ancient Aliens was short-lived. After a one-week hiatus, the show returned to fewer viewers, attracting just 1.08 million live plus same day viewers, down from 1.2 million for its last original episode. Similarly, The UnXplained lost about the same number as well. However, the number of younger Ancient Aliens viewers, those 18-49, continues to rise, hitting a 0.21 this past week. Older adults stopped watching, accounting for the overall decline in viewers, but young people are flocking to the show in numbers not seen since early in the show’s decade-long run. Meanwhile, The Curse of Oak Island remained steady at 3.5 million viewers, while The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch lost some ground, clocking 1.9 million viewers, the vast majority of whom were over the age of 50.
4/16/2020 11:42:55 am
There's a very good reason for the uptick in younger viewers for Ancient Aliens while older viewers are in the decline. Older viewers are tired of seeing the same old crap rehashed and repackaged a hundred times over the years.
4/16/2020 10:18:08 pm
Those that aren't working their asses off and are sitting at home (as they should) likely have been hunting for something worthwhile to fill in time. AA does not fit the bill, particularly a lame show about the shapes of UFOs. I don't recall any mention of anything related to the Ancient Astronaut "theory", although I really wasn't paying much attention. BORING!
4/17/2020 11:12:00 am
"I still like COI, and wish Jason, and others, would stop putting it in the same category as the other BS shows."
4/17/2020 04:35:00 pm
Sorry Joe, I have not seen your other reply. But I will seek it out later.
4/18/2020 01:26:23 pm
Bill, the entire origin story is a complete lie and has been exaggerated and embellished greatly over the years as Joltes will clearly show you should you check out his investigation. I mean... think of it Bill. You just buried the greatest treasure in the world and you leave a tackle block hanging on a tree over the dig site??? Wouldn't it more logically follow that someone had dug something up rather than deposited some vast fortune? And that's really where the lie fails, right from the get go, if you set aside the greed and fascination with treasure. Add into that the fact that nothing ever appeared to document the original tale until 1849; the year of the '49ers. Really comes into focus there.
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