appointment TV

noun
variants: or appointment television

Definition of appointment TV

:television programming that people make time to watch at the time of its original broadcast because they have a strong desire to see what will happen or be done or said
  • Can Katie Couric bring back those days when the evening news was appointment TV?
  • —Chris MatthewsNBC News Transcripts14 May 2006
  • A hit reality show, networks realized, could get people talking; it could become appointment TV at a time when cop dramas and sitcoms about zany families seemed tired.
  • —Gail PenningtonSt. Louis Post-Dispatch5 July 2009
  • Walter [Cronkite] was a seminal force in making the network evening news broadcasts appointment television across the country, a time of day when millions tuned in to find out what had happened in their world.
  • —Tom Brokaw, in Washington Post19 July 2009
  • And because sports make for “appointment television”—who wants to watch Sunday Night Football on DVR on Monday?—they're at least somewhat immune from the pressures besetting other forms of programming.
  • —Jon WertheimSports Illustrated28 Dec. 2009

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First Known Use of appointment tv

1988


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