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Kids Networks lose half of their audience

Cable has been dying for decades now. I bet in general broadcast TV has lost half their audience. The decline is masked by the fact that boomers will never stop watching TV but generations after them have either cut the cord or have raised their children entirely without the cord.
 

xrnzaaas

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It's not exactly all good news. There's a lot of inappropriate content for children on youtube and (especially) Netflix and most parents still don't monitor regularly what their children are watching. They can still get brainwashed, it's just a matter of where.
 
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Parents don't rely on live TV anymore, there kids need entertainment at all times without interruption on demand. This is where streaming basically has taken over, parents just put on any movie or show for their kid when needed. TV stations like Nick and such just are relics in this day and age when parents control completely when and what the kids get to watch now. Instead of having to put there kid in front of a TV at specific times or when their preferred show is on, they can now have it ready to go streaming
 

Illo

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Streaming services + YouTube + People cutting cable for literally anything else.

Comics have always been niche since I was born. Because cartoon shows took rise and replaced them. The rise of the internet provided free scans (or paid scans).

Children shows aren't dying, just moving to different platforms. Channels are dying because they can't compete with the infinitely better streaming services.

Also pirating is super accessible and easy now and I'm sure parents cut costs anywhere they can.
 

Super Mario

Banned
TV isn't cool anymore, there are way too many competing outlets for media consumption nowadays. Plus, with something like youtube you can watch exactly what you want, when you want, as many times as you want. TV will never beat that

This is the right answer. No kid wants to be caught dead doing something that isn't cool. Snapchat, Tik Tok, YouTube. Sing ghetto songs. Show your booty. Smoke weed. THAT IS COOL AF. That's where the kids are.
 
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Kimahri

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Kids shows these days are garbage, so I'm not surprised. We started watching the old Moomin cartoons from the 90s with our kid, and it's just remarkable how different that is to modern kids shows.

It's slow, calm, takes it's time. Spends time on trivial things that means very little to the story, but a lot to establishing who the characters are. Best of all, it's got great stories. Even as parents we enjoy watching it.

Contrast that to modern cartoons which are just loud, hyperactive horseshit where everyone is competing to be the most obnoxious.

No wonder kids these days get medicated for adhd. That's the way TV teaches them to behave.
 

Yoboman

Member
YouTube did this. My neice, kid cousins, and nephew don't watch tv. Just YouTube all the time.

My niece is odd. She knows everything about dragon ball. All the characters. All the lore. Its because she watches a bunch of YouTube videos discussing db. Her dad and I tried to get her to watch the show. She hated it. Couldn't last an entire episode.

Kids these days need a constant barrage of hyper stimulation. If they're not getting it then they become bored. I can't imagine what their thoughts are like.
Yeah kids these days are just 90s kids without any of the context, living vicariously through the nostalgia of millennials and early zoomer content creators on YouTube

They know all the shit about DBZ, Pokemon, Anime in general, Spongebob, Simpsons etc. Or anything that has had a meme moment. But they've never actually watched these shows
 
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I've been slowly building up a collection of good old cartoons for my son to watch when he's older.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (from the 80s/90s)
Duck Tales
Ahh Real Monsters
Batman, the Animated Series
Spiderman the Animate Series
Simpsons seasons 1 - 8 or 9ish
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog /Sonic SatAM

Gotta add some The Real Ghostbusters, Rescue Rangers and G1 Transformers in there too.

Couple months ago I was watching some old G1 episodes and family came over. My 7 year old niece and 4 year old nephew are hooked. Ended up getting the latest Siege and Earthrise toys as the homage to G1 is excellent and they're enjoying them. Hell, it's kinda like reliving my childhood when they have their toys and I'm with them.
 

Jubenhimer

Member
It's a combination of streaming's popularity, wokeness, and the staleness of having only 3 choices for kid-friendly shows compared to the doezen or so adult-oriented channels tv has had for decades.
 

Carna

Banned
I showed my niece, the hi*score girl anime, subbed on netflix. Follow my example of raising kids right.
 

Jubenhimer

Member
I also think another problem is that, Kids outgrow children's programing a lot sooner than networks will admit, especially these days. Back in the 90s and 2000s, is wasn't uncommon for kids to still have Nickelodeon or Disney channel in their viewing rotation until they're around 14 or 15. Today? Most kids completely abandon children's programing by the age of 11, in favor of more adult shows, so the audience for children's programing is much smaller today as well.
 
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Jethalal

Banned
I also think another problem is that, Kids outgrow children's programing a lot sooner than networks will admit, especially these days. Back in the 90s and 2000s, is wasn't uncommon for kids to still have Nickelodeon or Disney channel in their viewing rotation until they're around 14 or 15. Today? Most kids completely abandon children's programing by the age of 11, in favor of more adult shows, so the audience for children's programing is much smaller today as well.
Quite true. Today's shows are targeting younger audiences too so they don't appeal to teens at all. Other factor is ofcourse streaming. I got Disney plus and many of top viewed shows were cartoons.
 

Cyberpunkd

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They cater their shows content to the most woke knowing they can influence the next generation and as a parent I don’t want my kids watching.
That’s not it - they make work shows because people writing them write them for people like them, not for kids. Which is why kids find it probably boring.
Might be American thing though, I put cartoon on French TV in the morning and they are mostly ok, a mix of French and more American ‘power of friendship’. Didn’t see anything woke there. I remember the times when Beavis and Butthead was running on TV, that was some lousy television.
 

AJUMP23

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That’s not it - they make work shows because people writing them write them for people like them, not for kids. Which is why kids find it probably boring.
Might be American thing though, I put cartoon on French TV in the morning and they are mostly ok, a mix of French and more American ‘power of friendship’. Didn’t see anything woke there. I remember the times when Beavis and Butthead was running on TV, that was some lousy television.
My kids have actually been enjoying 80s Disney stuff like Gummi Bears.
 

Tuff McNutt

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That’s not it - they make work shows because people writing them write them for people like them, not for kids. Which is why kids find it probably boring.
Might be American thing though, I put cartoon on French TV in the morning and they are mostly ok, a mix of French and more American ‘power of friendship’. Didn’t see anything woke there. I remember the times when Beavis and Butthead was running on TV, that was some lousy television.

That's pretty spot on. it seems like a lot of newer "kid's" shows are actually intended more for autistic manbabies or the woke crowd. Also a lot of them are just garbage. Loud, annoying, with dumb songs and terrible cheap computer animation. Not to mention all of the ads -- not only in the commercial breaks but in the shows themselves.

Thankfully my kid doesn't have any interest in the newer shows. His favorite right now is Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends from the early 80s.
 

Dural

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My younger kids love Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly but also watch Disney Channel shows like Big City Greens and Amphibia. Weekday mornings while getting ready we have Disney Channel on with Puppy Dog Pals playing, on the weekend my 7yo daughter will likely be watching either Disney+ or youtube on the tv. They do watch a lot of youtube, but it's mostly Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly, and other shorts. They of course love watching crap like Ryan's World too. My 4yo has been really into Ghostbusters lately, so I started him on The Real Ghostbusters and he loves it. Nickelodeon has been blocked ever since their 17 minutes of silence, or whatever the hell they did several years ago.
 

Cyberpunkd

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My kids have actually been enjoying 80s Disney stuff like Gummi Bears.
Yes! Same with my daughter, I remember it was one of the first Western cartoons I got to see after my country exited from socialism. Was 'blast from the past' moment for me lol.
 

epicnemesis

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My daughter has really gravitated towards looney tunes, powerpuff girls, and smurfs. I like digging into the older shows for her because the shows these days are all too coombaya.

“Oh the monster tearing up the town was just misunderstood.”
 

Ornlu

Banned
Yes! Same with my daughter, I remember it was one of the first Western cartoons I got to see after my country exited from socialism. Was 'blast from the past' moment for me lol.

I just introduced my 2 youngest to OG Dragonball; their eyes lit up like:
Best So Blessed GIFs | Gfycat


They're hooked; I'm waiting to see how they react when we get into DBZ and Goku
gets almost instantly killed

That being said, I did skip over some of the pervier bits in the early episodes of the show.
 

GamesAreFun

Banned
It's not exactly all good news. There's a lot of inappropriate content for children on youtube and (especially) Netflix and most parents still don't monitor regularly what their children are watching. They can still get brainwashed, it's just a matter of where.

If you have young children, they should only watch the YouTube Kids app which is filtered. There's some mediocre content but at least it's not inappropriate.

Here in the UK the BBC still produces great shows for children, which educate too. My daughter knows the names of the planets just from watching Hey Duggee.
 
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Croatoan

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I mean, I remember rug rats being written for adults. A lot of pixar movies have themes and jokes only adults will pick up on. That said, modern cartoons are horrible and youtube is eating tvs lunch with children.
 
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Sidney Prescott

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Man kids are really missing out these days on quality cartoons. I remember when I was growing up the cartoons were popping off. Ed, Edd n Eddy, Johnny Bravo, Arthur etc. Too many good ones to name.

I'd watch them now again they were so good.
 

quickwhips

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Cartoons do gross shit now like shake their ass and stuff. It's gross and sexualized. What ever happen to Tom and Jerry and a bunch of rakes.
 

NahaNago

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Youtube and netflix is pretty much what killed those numbers. My nieces pretty much are on youtube the whole time they visit.
 
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Sidney Prescott

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Most of the worthwhile cartoons and tv for kids, is obviously on netflix.
UK Netflix sucks for cartoons a bit. I was hoping to see some of the classics on there, but there isn't too many. Spongebob only has one season too last I checked.

Sad Talk To Me GIF by SpongeBob SquarePants
 
Gonna take a guess, did Doctor Who suffer a similar fate Star Trek did? from being a tv show the whole family could watch, to becoming a TVMA parody of itself, ladden with commentary about the current political and ideological climate?

Yep. What better to alienate your lifetime audience with a double dose of woke! And even the kids aren't fooled.
 

EverydayBeast

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Cartoon Network is many kids second mothers it’s more than just a network of shows, things like DBZ, Toonami etc. are experiences.
 

e&e

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I wonder why?
Nah, only your projection onto what you think lol.

YouTube Kids has all the content my daughter needs and she is pretty advanced right now at 2 and a half! Has absolutely nothing to do with the fragile responses about “get woke, go broke” the idiots are saying in here.
 
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