Temis the Vorta wrote:
Forget families, TV has splintered into niche tastes and the trend is towards more of the same in the future.
But "Event Television" can still bring together a family to view together: Down Under, "Big Brother" came back after a "franchise fatigue" hiatus - not exactly "quality" family viewing, but it rated very well. And then we had a local version of "The Voice" and those ubiquitous cooking contest shows. As a teacher, I know the types of group viewings these shows brought. A two-part mini-series can also do very well.
All of these shows have been very popular with mixed-age households - and these are attractive because a cross-section of advertising markets are available, and related "TV tie-in" products sell well because one family members buys it for a different family member.
Niche viewing can be a very lonely experience. I can see a rebellion against it happening eventually.