Like millions of others, were you watching It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
with your family last Thursday night?
If so, ABC had a rude and unexpected surprise waiting for you immediately after the end of the show: graphic sex in the very next scene. PTC President Tim Winter put in well in our statement
“In less than 26 seconds we were taken from the Peanuts
pumpkin patch to a steamy Scandal
sex scene. Twenty-six seconds, boom. Unless parents had the remote control in their hand, thumb on the button and aimed directly at the TV screen, they didn’t have a chance. Such a transition is grossly irresponsible by the network and entirely unfair for parents. ABC owes families an apology.”
Why would ABC make such a poor decision about its own audience flow? They know how important that is to overall viewership, so it makes very little sense to shock the audient with such a juxtaposition.
The PTC calls on ABC to apologize for this decision and to ensure not to make such a bizarre and unfortunate programming choice again.
To view a clip of the segment in question below: