Glaucon throws a Rotten tomato at Théoden. "Forbidden to like that pile of crap."
But yes... the 'quality' stuff is not for everyone, I know. Some people are happy to watch stuff that makes me puke. Some don't even notice the terrible acting, the cheesy one-liners, the crappy stories, the bad CGI, the predictability, the show looking like 100 other shows, and so forth. You will have bad TV series, and you will have bad movies, and so forth.
But if you look at the first 300 one: that one got only a 60 on from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Clearly, they weren't the target audience. The public's rating was 89. Which makes sense: Within the genre (blood, fighting, special effects, heroics and a general celebration of testosterone), it was a great flick. The second got a 42 from the critics. And a mere 60 from the same audience. So, clearly, the target audience didn't like it all that much (most didn't, it seems, except you, maybe). And yet... it still grossed enough to turn a profit within the first weeks of opening, I read. So... a movie that most people that LIKE the genre (not film critics) don't like the movie much, and yet the investment was worth it.
That just doesn't work with TV series, usually. A series has to be 'consistent' at least. The Walking Dead can have a lesser season, but it can't have a season that the target audience rates at 60 when they rated it at 89 before. Because they will go watch something else. Even a show like 24, which lost me a long while ago, keeps on doing what it does fairly well (it lost me because it never really changed). And Lost also kept it fairly good quality right up till the (much disliked) ending. Shows get cancelled quite quickly (even some shows that I liked, though I admit that Dead Wood may not have been for a large audience). There is a lot of competition between American made TV shows, clearly. And that seems to ensure that most shows really try. And that doesn't seem to be the case for investments in a lot of entertainment movies. "Let's make another action movie. Hey... people liked Robocop. Let's remake it. Only, slightly worse. Oh, let's reboot Superman again. You know what? Let's remake Godzilla. Or do something with battleships. People will not like them that much, but because they liked the first one, they will still go and see it."
Reminds me of that movie radio add in that great Troika (RIP) game, Vampire the Masquerade:Announcer: In a World where people live and die...
Da Chief: Do you think you could just go in there and handle this by yourself?
The Hero: If that's what it takes.
Announcer: ...he was about to meet his greatest foe...
Villain: Kill them all, all of them!
Announcer: ...and a girl...
The Hero: Hello!
The Chick: Hi.
Announcer: ...and a comic relief sidekick, who won't make it to act three.
Side Kick: I picked the wrong month to cancel my life insurance.
The Hero: No, don't say that. You're gonna make it.
Announcer: With the guy from that other movie that was slightly popular, and what's-her-name, from that show you sometimes watch. In a movie with two spectacular CGI battle sequences and an advertising campaign that will leave you no choice but to see this film. See it, because it's a movie and all your friends are going. In theaters Friday and on DVD in three months.
(At the end somewhere, there... I love that 'radio show'