The broadcast regulator’s ‘UK Audience Attitudes Towards Broadcast Media’ report found that half of viewers thought the quality of TV shows remained the same last year, while just 17% thought they had improved.
Among those who thought TV shows had got worse, the main reason was because of more repeats, which was cited by 65%. Other reasons given were ‘lack of variety’ (39%), ‘general lack of quality’ (32%) and ‘too many reality shows’ (28%).
“Adults aged 16-34 are more likely than all adults to say that TV programmes have ‘improved’ (24% vs. 17%),” said Ofcom. “Adults aged 65 and over are more likely than all adults to feel that TV programmes have ‘got worse’ (44% vs. 30%).”
Some 19% of adult viewers in the UK said they had personally found something on television offensive in the past 12 months – the same as the year before and a figure that has been “largely unchanged since 2010”.
Around four in ten adult viewers felt there was ‘too much’ violence (41%) and swearing (38%) on television, while 25% felt there was ‘too much’ sex.