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Why do advertisers value the 18-to-49 demographic so much?

It makes NO sense. Baby Boomers control over $1 trillion in discretionary income (Kelly Kahl, Sr. Exec VP for Programming and Operations at CBS). And Boomers are LESS stuck in their brand loyalty ways than X’ers  and Millennials (TV Land, 2008). Yet every day when I get my email update on the overnight prime-time ratings, they are always broken into two columns: total audience and 18-to-49. CBS recently canceled CSI Miami on Sunday nights and replaced it with NYC 22. I tried to watch the first two episodes. I just could not get past the 10-minute mark. I shut off the TV and did some reading instead. I no longer bother to try watching.

CBS’s marketers are probably delirious with joy, since I am WAY past that 49-year-old upper end of desirability. I wonder if the brands buying time on “22” are equally happy.

“Despite the fact that it managed to draw a relatively large audience — averaging about 8.5 million viewers — it was one of the lowest-rated shows among the 18-49 age group,” says contact music.com. And it was expensive to produce. But it was #1 in its time slot and drew a large total audience! From what I’ve seen so far, NYC 22 is getting lower numbers–and not even delivering the 18-to-49 demo.

What’s going on?

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