Why did more than 19 million people watch this weekend's X Factor final, the show's largest audience in six series?
Personally, it' rather passed me by. Call it the Big Brother Syndrome, or perhaps attribute it to the fact I've been very busy at school, but I find it puzzling.
You can read all the statistical data here.
From a Media Studies viewpoint it shows that:
- Simon Cowell is great at capturing populist trends
- Simon Cowell is great at monetizing the TV show as an international brand
- Audiences don't always follow predictable patterns
- Institutions hate to leave their comfort zone if audiences and advertisers seem happy, although experience suggests that time and repetition should dull popularity.
Thanks to the Web I can of course revisit what I missed and see the key moments, thus saving myself hours of valuable life time, focusing in purely on the best bits. Does this make me a bad media consumer, or a thoroughly postmodern media interaction specialist? I'll leave you to decide.