Please list 5 tv shows with strong association and 5 with weak association to their parent channel/brand, from a viewers' perspective.
Hello! Thanks for your question about TV shows with strong and weak viewer associations with their parent networks. The short version is that based on the information available online, I've concluded that viewers tend to strongly associate TV shows with their networks when those networks have strong brand identities and niche focus. Conversely, TV shows on broad, "catch-all" networks and shows that have changed networks tend to have weak network associations. Below you will find a deep dive of my findings.
Following extensive searching, I could not locate specific information related to viewers' associations of TV shows to their parent channel/network. However, I did discover the importance of TV/cable networks establishing their own unique brand identities to connect with viewers and ensuring their shows fit their overall branding. TV shows on networks that have niche programming focuses also tend to evoke strong viewer associations with the networks. I have identified five examples of strong associations and five examples of weak associations below.
1. The O'Reilly Factor - Fox News Channel dominated cable news in 2016 with The O'Reilly Factor leading as the most-watched cable news show of the year.
2. SportsCenter - ESPN's SportsCenter is the network's flagship show, so popular that it produced a digital-only version of the show for the 2017 NBA Finals.
3. South Park - Comedy Central's South Park has been running strong for 20 seasons and was renewed in 2015 for production through 2019.
4. Deadliest Catch - The Alaska deep sea commercial fishing show is Discovery Channel's highest rated series of all time.
5. The Sopranos - This show will be remembered as the one that really jump-started HBO and ushered in a new era of high quality dramas.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The show started on The WB and was then picked up by UPN. The networks later merged to form The CW, and neither network ever had very strong branding.
2. Sabrina the Teenage Witch - The show ran on ABC and later The WB, both broad networks without niche focus.
3. Scrubs - The show ran for seven season on NBC before switching to ABC.
4. Step by Step - This was another show that jumped from generic network to network, moving from ABC to CBS.
5. Cougar Town - Apparently popular enough to have run for six seasons, this show downgraded from broadcast channel ABC to cable network TBS.
To wrap it up, network brand identity and niche focus are very closely associated with how well viewers associate a particular TV show to its parent network. Whether a show has remained on a network or changed networks is another significant factor.
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