I've seen discussion on other forums about the differences between invested viewers and relaxation viewers. The lament is that some TV programming has become so good that it's no longer a veg-out pastime. So there's still a sizable contingent of the viewing public who opt for the familiarity of L&O and CSI, or watch the 'good' shows for the explosions or slapstick.
- I need Malcolm. You're too Martin. Know what they did to him, they killed him. . .
- Didn't they kill Malcolm too?
- No, no, no, they say that. But ain't nobody seen the body since the funeral.
- That's how funerals work.