As some of you probably have noticed, I like to analyze and quantify things. A lot. One thing I do is count commercials as I skip over them on recorded TV. The trend is ugly. History. My wife and I use to like "The Big Bang Theory". Well, she liked all of it, I thought it went downhill after season 6. Beside the point. As a result, we started watching "Young Sheldon". Not bad, cute characters, but nothing great either. We add these to our library on YouTubeTV. This way, we can skip over commercials when we watch it a day or two after it airs. Of course, I count how many times I have to hit the skip forward button and started to realize: Oh my [deity of your choice] - we are 50 / 50 show and commercials! So, today I put the last episode on, and marked down the time whenever previously on..., show, commercials, and next week on... started. Last week's episode was 30:54, all in; almost 31 minutes long. Here are the stats: Last week on Young Sheldon, next week on Young Sheldon: 1:00 Commercials: 12:52 Actual show: 17:02 Not quite 50 / 50, but getting really close. If this were only a 30 minute show, it may have been 16:14, or 53.3% to 46.7%. I have been seeing on-line how network TV is struggling; they are losing viewers to streaming services. To help combat this, they have started their own streaming services. Makes sense. However, to pay for production costs of free broadcast TV, they are also cutting down on the program time, and adding more commercials. Gen-Z and Millenials will not sit and watch commercials - this is why they stream (or one of the reasons anyway). Gen-X and Boomers walk away from commercials, and push back. The result? The networks are biting the hands that feed them. You would think it would make more sense to put on longer shows (longer per time block), have less commercials, and have those advertisers pay more for that slot. Less commercials would mean each one would have a larger impact. I don't pretend to know the economic model of broadcast TV, but that would make sense to me. I remember the first shows that started showing 10 commercials in a commercial break. Those seemed to last forever back in the 80s / 90s. Now we have breaks of 6 to 7 minutes. In 'Murica, some of these are three minute long commercials for prescription drugs (another pet peeve, another topic, another time). I predict - nee hope - that when some show finally tips that 50 / 50 mark, the public will just move on and walk away. That will be the only action that seems will get the network's attention. Am I wrong?