Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Why do people watch TV Game Shows? - To be used throughout exam

Gratifications (key points)

  • Many shows rely on audiences playing along with the game. 
  • Viewers willing contestants on.  
  • Quizzes and puzzles encourage audience engagement. 
  • Often ad break quizzes are included.  
  • Action sub-genre gameshows encourage audiences to support a specific contestant or team so they become invested in the result of the game. 
  • Dating sub-genre gameshows allow audiences to judge or critique contestants encouraging social interaction. 














Other gratifications include:
  • Escapism
  • Release of tension
  • Passing the time
  • Fulfilling the need for companionship
  • Using the media to form social/para-social relationships
  • To fulfil emotional needs
  • To construct a sense of self
  • To acquire knowledge
  • Vicarious experiences  - watching others
  • Downward social comparison – judging others
  • Sensation seeking
  • Mood management
  • Interaction – via presenter, break bumpers, ‘red button’, social media, competitions.


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