QUESTION TYPE: Paradox
FACTS: Films profit if more people see them. So movie executives want to get many people to see their movies. TV executives aren’t as concerned with getting many people to see their shows.
ANALYSIS: It must be the case that TV shows makes profits some other way.
- Irrelevant fluff. You can only watch one movie or TV show at a time, so total audience size is just the number of people watching. Doesn’t matter whether they are repeaters.
- Who cares about movie theatre owners. The stimulus is about the profits of movie and TV executives. They don’t own theatres.
- This is about costs. The stimulus was talking about revenues.
- CORRECT. This explains it. The money comes from sponsors, because people pay to watch TV. And sponsors care about audience quality, not audience quantity.
- This felt tempting to me. But it’s actually a strange answer. We’re talking about all TV shows, not ‘the most popular shows’. And why does it matter whether people pay to watch TV? That doesn’t explain why executives don’t want more people to watch their shows.
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