By Andrea Widburg | 25 July 2020
AMERICAN THINKER — When the Marxist mob used George Floyd’s death as an excuse to ramp up its ongoing war on policing, A&E instantly caved. That proved to be a costly decision. News broke Friday that the cable network has lost almost 50% of its viewers.
When it was founded back in 1984, the Arts & Entertainment Network was going to be a highbrow cable show, focusing on fine arts, documentaries, and dramas, many imported from Britain. A generation of women remembers being introduced to Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in A&E’s Pride and Prejudice. This highbrow fare, though, wasn’t bringing in revenue. By 2002, the station had shifted to reality series for younger viewers.
In 2016, A&E created Live PD. The show follows police departments across America, and audiences loved it. According to Wikipedia:
In 2018, a survey by Inscape found Live PD to be the most-watched program among non-live (DVR and VOD) and over-the-top viewers in 2018. The series was credited with having reversed a decline in viewership experienced by A&E since the end of Duck Dynasty; Live PD was among the most-watched programs on cable television. [Footnotes and hyperlinks omitted.]