GoRe Star wrote:
No doubt Evans, it would've been a problem back then. The difference then and even in the 80's/early 90's to now is... there wasn't that much choice. Once the show got on the air, a lot of people even those who might not have been "into" Trek watched it because it's what was on. They liked it, but weren't avid fans.
It's still that way today. I would even say that describes the majority
of people who watch Trek.
Today those people that might like it, but aren't overly into it, can find -their- niche given every cable package these days comes with at bare minimum a 100 channels. That's where the widening gap comes into play and why I think cbs is reluctant to throw a lot of cash at a new Trek show.
It's basically the diversification (or splintering) of television audiences. The pie is still there--and has in fact doubled in size since the '60s--but it's just cut in many more slices. But it's really only fairly recently that networks and studios have begun counting DVR, VOD, and streaming viewing figures and are discovering that millions more people are watching their shows than they thought--just not at the same time.