Originally Posted by Dakota rube
Viewers, even in the age of remote control, are inherently lazy: they seldom change channels when entertainment programming ends and the local news begins. People who used to just leave on NBC and watch that news are now on a different channel.
Stupid, I know, but a true and documentable phenomenon.
Most people don't have preference for their 11pm local newscasts, so whatever channels they're watching before stay on into the 11pm slot.
Originally Posted by sho'nuff
maybe it is just the economy
Usually bad economy helps TV ratings and box office. TVs & movies are much cheaper alternatives than dining out, clubbing, shopping, and live theater...