I read somewhere recently that if a person watches only 30% of a television show’s episodes, they are considered a loyal viewer. If we break that down, that would be seven episodes out of a twenty-two episode season. Is it just me or does that seem a bit low?
By this margin I keep track of many more shows than I give myself credit for. I say that I watch Revolution, Once Upon A Time, Elementary, and Fringe — shows I follow consistantly — as well as claiming 666 Park Avenue, The Mindy Project, New Girl, The Middle, and Last Resort.
Personally, if I claim to watch a TV show, then I’ve seen 90 to 100% of the current season (You’ll notice that NCIS isn’t on the list because as much as I love it, I haven’t been watching it lately). I will be able to have a solid conversation about any of the first four shows. But the last five will eventually be met with, “Oh, I didn’t see that one.”
I don’t quite know how I feel about this 30% rule. On the one hand it means that I’ve ‘seen’ a lot more TV that I previously believed, but on the other you can’t really know a show by watching only 7 episodes in a season. You can like a show with seven episodes. But really be considered a loyal fan? Not so much.