For those of you who may not know, here’s the definition of network decay, courtesy of Wikipedia:
Anyway, MTV and VH1 are the obvious examples, networks that were founded primarily as vehicles for music videos, but now exist mainly as platforms for D-list celebs to peddle their reality shows.
The History Channel is another that comes to mind. People used to bitch back when it was “The Hitler Channel,” but at least that was real history and not the pseudo-science crap like “Ancient Aliens” they show these days - that is when they’re not showing stuff like Pawn Stars and Ice Road Truckers.
But I think TLC has to take the cake. It’s easy to forget that they were founded as The Learning Channel. Today it’s seems to exist mainly as a showcase for wedding and fertility porn, with an occasional cooking or tattoo reality show thrown in, not to mention Sarah Palin’s Alaska.
So what are some other networks that have drifted far from their original premise.