BBC America gets 25 million viewers a month and numerous awards
Why the surprise? Even a channel showing bread dough rising would be more interesting than some of the visual garbage fed to US viewers.
And it's not much better on international channels where the Discovery channel group (we having a 'Premier' show repeated 5 times so far in different YEARS) and the Nat Geo group are both playing "if we edit the original show this must be new. Right?" game and 10-year old re-runs CSI-Somewhere are padding out other channels.
I'm awaiting the schedules to start re-running "I Love Lucy" crap soon.
The real kicker is that our Discovery channel content is so old that NEWER seasons, shown on 'Western' satellites can be downloaded from InterNet.
Little wonder the Beb is so successful.
Of course, we are not talking about BBC World, which is as bad as many other satellite channels. And this explains why I haven't bothered to improve the signal-to-noise ratio by removing the bird guano (our dishes point almost directly vertical).