Talk:Comedy Central

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I have a quick question; why is it "obscure"? I think it's on most cable plans. DanH 14:02, 29 September 2007 (EDT)

OK, good point. I'll change it. I meant "obscure" because most adults don't know about, in contrast to CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc.--Aschlafly 14:05, 29 September 2007 (EDT)
Hmmm - that seems strange to me. Do you think it's a case of your peer group being atypical compared to mainstream America? (I don't mean that in a bad way LOL!) I know about all the stations I get, even the ones I don't watch, because I surf through them on the way to what I do watch, and I see them in the TV Guide. I don't know anyone who gets cable who doesn't know about Comedy Central - perhaps it's obscure in some areas because it isn't on the basic cable plan there? I know people who watch programs on it, but I'd hardly say it has "cult" status. Isn't cult status more for shows that have a small but very faithful following? The Daily Show, for example, is pretty mainstream - lots of political figures are guests on the show, especially during election season.--Hsmom 17:33, 29 September 2007 (EDT)
I just attended a conference of close to 300 politically active adults, and I'd be surprised if even half of them know what Comedy Central is. Its market share is minuscule, and its audience is mostly adolescent. Many of shows are cartoons or reruns.--Aschlafly 17:35, 29 September 2007 (EDT)
Aschlafly, were they TV-watching types of people? I'm not suggesting that tons of people actually watch it all that much, just that if they get cable TV (and maybe the conference goers don't? - not everyone does) then it's hard not to have heard of it. I mean, you've heard of it, and I've heard of it. (I'm guessing neither of us watch it a lot LOL!) I did a bit of looking - this article, from 2005, says that The Daily Show gets 1.4 million viewers a night.[1] I don't know if that's a lot or not, but it doesn't seem like a "cult following" - that would be more like the people who watch Star Trek and learn to speak Klingon, know what I mean? South Park is also popular - I've never seen it (doesn't seem like it would be my kind of thing), but I'm aware that it's out there. The Colbert Report is also widely known. Most of the rest is probably total trash - but that could be said of several cable channels (MTV2 comes to mind, Spike TV also). I guess I would just feel better about this article if there were some references to back it up. Perhaps someone can find a reference for "cult following among liberals" and for "and particularly adolescents". Me, I'm off to put the kiddos to bed and finish up the laundry!--Hsmom 21:26, 29 September 2007 (EDT)
I agree with HSmom and think that your sample size is flawed. The Daily show alone has hit a 2 million viewer per night average (as of Sept 2008]numbers found here from the New York Post South Park, another constant top 20 show, is also run on Comedy Central. Despite the flaws of the network, no one can argue that they're obscure. StephenK 19:14, 1 February 2009 (EST)

Why are the programs dim-witted? I think we need a better adjective here. Some of the programs are not south park by any means. I nominate nefarious as a substitution.


  1. WIRED: Reinventing Television, By Thomas Goetz[1]