New research from the PTC reveals that ABC's new TV show featuring the iconic Muppets is exposing millions of young children to an astonishing amount of adult-themed content.
Dr. Christopher Gildemeister tells OneNewsNow what the Parents Television Council's (PTC) Research Department found while conducting a scene-by-scene analysis of the first four episodes of The Muppets.
"There was a total of 33 instances of adult content -- that works out to about one instance of something adult about every three and a half minutes," the PTC spokesman reports. "And a lot of this is sexual innuendo or references to alcohol or drug use."
Dr. Gildemeister tells OneNewsNow one of the producers of The Muppets had talked about pushing the envelope, but he wonders, "Why does everything on TV have to push the envelope? Do The Muppets have to push the envelope? Can't the Disney-owned ABC network produce one show – just one – for primetime that doesn't push the envelope and that is actually safe for family and kids to watch together?"
Nielsen data indicates that more than one million children ages 2-11 have watched The Muppets each week. And of the children who are watching, the ratio of young children ages 2-11 is more than twice that of older children ages 12-17.