And the Winner is. . .
. . .Grey’s Anatomy by a landslide!?!?! With all the political talk shows and media hype surrounding a wide open race for the White House in ’08, one might assume that most Americans must be extremely interested in learning as much as possible about all the presidential candidates before the state primaries, etc. So I did a quick check of the debate numbers online for viewers in the 18-45 age demographic:
Democratic Debate: est. 2.26 MILLION VIEWERS
Republican Debate: est. 1.76 MILLION VIEWERS*
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy: est. 17.5 MILLION VIEWERS*
U.S. Voting-Eligible Population: est. 207 MILLION VOTERS
Like I’ve said before, we claim to be this wonderful democracy, but we never talk about how broken the American democratic process really is. Many Americans are very apathetic about politics, and it doesn’t help matters that the debates mentioned were only available to cable and Direct TV subscribers. I think there is a real information access problem, but maybe potential voters get their information other ways? I don’t know for sure, but the system seems broken sometimes. What do you think?