• PTC: “The Walking Dead” Demonstrates Why Families Need Cable Choice

    by  • October 25, 2016 • Cable Choice, Ratings Reform • 133 Comments


    The Parents Television Council called for greater consumer Cable Choice, following the season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

    “Last night’s season premiere of The Walking Dead was one of the most graphically violent shows we’ve ever seen on television, comparable to the most violent of programs found on premium cable networks. It’s not enough to ‘change the channel,’ as some people like to advocate, because cable subscribers – regardless of whether they want AMC or watch its programming – are still forced to subsidize violent content. This brutally-explicit show is a powerful demonstration of why families should have greater control over the TV networks they purchase from their cable and satellite providers,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    “For those who say there is no societal impact from media, I urge them to contemplate the presidential election for a few minutes. And while The Walking Dead has found unquestionable Nielsen success for a cable program, most Americans do not want that kind of ultra-graphic and violent content coming into their homes. But if they want to watch a football game on Sunday night, or if they want to watch the Chicago Cubs clinch their first Pennant in three generations, or if they want to watch news coverage of the election, they are forced to underwrite The Walking Dead as part of their programming bundle.

    “Programs with violent content are proven to be harmful, especially to children; and most parents agree that having greater control over violent content coming into their homes is vital to protecting their family. When a basic cable network like AMC edges or even surpasses the premium networks in terms of explicit content, consumers must be afforded more control over which networks they purchase and which networks they don’t.”



    133 Responses to PTC: “The Walking Dead” Demonstrates Why Families Need Cable Choice

    1. Tim Plyler
      January 24, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      The Walking Dead is a cheap appeal to the lowest common denominator. It’s cheap in the amateur acting, the fake blood and gore, and the sensational violence that most titillates those among us who are morally challenged or, simply put, decrepit to some degree. We have a right to judge and, yes, to police the quality and content of “entertainment” broadcasting. It’s done for us, the public at large; we are its targets, and if we are to define ourselves as a decent, moral, and self-respecting society, we cannot allow the pursuit of money and ratings to drag our sensibilities and the minds of our children down with obscene images of inhuman cruelty and bizarre behavior.

    2. Roman Moronie
      November 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Glenda M

      And who would ban The Walking Dead? The government? THIS government? Because they’ve done so well with everything else they’ve touched, i.e., the economy,…. the auto industry,…. our healthcare system,….. our education system,….. etc, etc,…. Do you really expect them to get THIS right? Ask Detroit or Flint how that’s worked out for them.

      Tell you what. You tell your kids what to watch, and I’ll tell MY kids what to watch. Who are you to want to pull a show from MILLIONS of fans who don’t even have children, simply because you don’t want your own kids to watch it? What is wrong with you people? Don’t worry about the rest of the world, take care of your own and leave the rest of us alone.

    3. Glenda Minton
      November 8, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Scary shows such as Walking Dead are not in my opinion – entertaining.

    4. João R
      November 8, 2016 at 11:42 am

      One of cable’s key features has long been control. Cable not only offers a wide array of programming choices, it also gives parents a number of options in order to control the flow of programming into their homes. Depending on your cable company, set-top box and television set, there are different alternatives available that let you block out specific programs or entire channels.

    5. Kathy B
      November 8, 2016 at 10:45 am

      My 32 year old daughter and her husband were crazy about the walking dead series, and even she was highly disturbed watching the episode depicted in this article. I advised her to stop watching it. Why is it acceptable to us as a society to have unbelievable cruelty, torture and murder of another person as entertainment? When are people going to wake up and see how this is affecting how we treat each other? I gave up on these shows a long time ago as I saw the interesting shows I did like become more and more depraved. Advocates of television violence started out justifying more and more realistic depictions of violence by saying ‘tv is just a reflection of society.’ If that is true, why was there a moratorium on television violence in the days following 9/11? The release of the movie “Collateral Damage” was actually delayed because it was too similar to the terrorist acts committed on that day. Our society’s violence doesn’t inspire these shows, these shows sanction violence as a way to resolve our problems. It has to stop.

    6. Sherry Lynn
      November 6, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      The producers and all involved have no moral compass and they make it all about the money and forget the minds and hearts this sort of trash can destroy in the lives of those who view it. Imagination is a wonderful thing but not in every case. Use your heads people this is not something anyone should have as a steady diet of viewing. Even one time viewing it poisons your mind. You can’t take back what your eyes see or you ears hear folks.

    7. Glenda M
      November 4, 2016 at 9:26 am

      There is nothing entertaining about death or even faking death. Our families, especially our children, deserve wholesome, good quality programming. Walking Dead should be banned since so many parents are too shy to stand up for truth and purpose in living righteously.

    8. Daniel Knight
      November 1, 2016 at 9:26 am

      If you can’t control what your kids watch you are a Shit parent. My folks sat me down and explained why I wasn’t allowed to watch certain things when I was younger. They talked to me like an adult and I understood. Simple.

      October 31, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Leave Walking Dead Alone.

    10. Robert Graham
      October 31, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      I am sorry but, The Walking Dead is my favorite show, and although I have to agree with Sharla Hood comment that it is the parents who should or should not allow there children to watch The Walking Dead, Now with that being said, we live in a world of violence where as some parents do not give a dam what there children watch, and or play mature videos games. But we also must try to clean up the air waves as best we can, because it’ll only get worst with times passes by. we need to tell Hollywood what this is do to future children…..

    11. Sharla Hood
      October 30, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      For those of you who think you can simply change the channel; it’s simply not enough. Due to the national acceptance of this television show, my 11 year-old daughter has received an alternate assignment in her classroom of 6, 7, and 8th graders to watch the entirety of The Walking Dead. After watching all seasons; they then can choose a character and do an analysis. They can turn in the character analysis instead of doing their reading logs for each week. I found this to be a disturbing assignment since 1. Who wouldn’t want to get out of those pesky reading logs, 2. This show was the only option given to do so. 3. This show is no way suitable for 11, 12, and 13 year-olds. It should be a parents personal choice whether to allow their children to watch this show and I am personally one of those that will not allow it. I respect other people’s opinions but I also feel the classroom is not somewhere this show should be brought up.

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