Television: What Percentage Do You Watch?

Land of Punt’s national pastime is watching. The thing L.O.P. watches the most (besides Mindy in payroll) is television.

However not everyone, especially those who spend considerable time in internet-ville, share Land of Punt’s tube-obsession. These television-haters love to chant, “there’s never anything good to watch.” In fact, Bruce Springsteen wrote a song about it, L.O.P. saw him perform it on television.

Bruce Springsteen once sang there’s 57 Channels (And Nothin' On).  Now there’s hundreds of channels and very little on.

Bruce Springsteen once sang there’s 57 Channels (And Nothin\’ On). Now there’s hundreds of channels and very little on.

However, saying there’s nothing good to watch on television is like saying there’s hardly any drinkable water on Earth. Why both statements are true they fail to fully convey the entire story.

Only one-percent of all the water on Earth is potable. That sounds bad until you consider that 70% of the Earth’s surface is lousy with it. And if you include the fact that folks in Africa hardly get any, then there’s plenty of water to go around for everyone.

Television is no different.

This article does not pertain to the band Television.

This article does not pertain to the band Television.

Land of Punt looked at the viewing habits of one of its inhabitants. Available to this citizen are roughly 250 available channels of television. In one day that’s 6000 hours of programming. In one week, that’s 42,000 thousand hours of programming.

This citizen is an avid television watcher and in a week, she consumes her fair share of TV.

60 Minute Shows

      Amazing Race

 

      American Idol (x2)

 

      Brothers & Sisters

 

      Closer

 

      Cold Case

 

      Damages

 

      Desperate Housewives

 

      ER

 

      Flashpoint

 

      Gossip Girl

 

      Ghost Whisper

 

      Greek

 

      Grey’s Anatomy

 

      House

 

      In Plain Sight

 

      Life

 

      Lost

 

      Medium

 

      The Mentalist

 

      Monk

 

      Private Practice

 

      Psych

 

      Survivor

 

      Reaper

 

    Trust Me

30 Minute Shows

      30 Rock

 

      Gary Unmarried

 

      How I Met Your Mother

 

      Kath & Kim

 

      My Name is Earl

 

      New Adventures Of Old Christine

 

      The Office

 

    Two and Half Men

90 Minute Shows

    Saturday Night Live

Rounding up, our Land of Punt citizen watches 32 hours of television a week. This isn’t entirely accurate since the shows don’t always share the same season. However, with everything Land of Punt does it’s not about being accurate but about being right.

One of the first images of Mr. Television inventing the television.  His friends called him TV.

One of the first images of Mr. Television inventing the television. His friends called him TV.

Therefore our veracious Land of Punt TV fan watches 0.007 percent of all the television programming available to her. For her to watch one percent of the television, to match the percentage of available drinking water, she would need to spend (let’s all move the decimal point over) 420 hours watching the TV—which is an impossible goal for our intrepid viewer unless she’s on vacation.

Putting aside the quality of the aforementioned shows (that’s for a different article), to say there’s nothing to watch on television is absurd as saying there’s hardly any drinkable water on the Earth. While a lot of television programming maybe “unwatchable” it doesn’t take a lot, only .007 percent, to make someone a TV junkie.

David Frost played the President of the United States of American in Frost/Nixon.

David Frost played the President of the United States of American in Frost/Nixon.

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