I just wanted to say that I can barely think of a better example of "bottom of the barrel" programing than those "Judge Judy"-type shows. Why should I waste my time watching disfunctional people get yelled at by an angry judge? And yet my roommate has one on right now. I'm about ready to ask if she'll turn it off for the duration.
I read somewhere that a person's intelligence is inversely proportional to their tolerance for noise. Make of that what you will.