New research from the Parents Television Council shows that the over 4 million children ages 2-11 who watched ABC’s The Muppets were exposed to adult-themed content every three minutes and 38 seconds during the first four episodes. The iconic stars of the show, Kermit and Miss Piggy, have delivered nearly half of all sexual innuendos and references on the show. Additionally, one bar scene in the 4th episode was long enough to consume almost one-quarter of the show’s screen time, during which Muppet characters were shown drinking and becoming drunk from beer, wine and hard liquor.
Contrast that with The Muppets series producer Bob Kushell’s recent comments: “We know our audience is going to be families watching, adults watching with their children, so we’re not pitching stories or thinking of stories that are, like Norman Lear stories from the 1970s.” (Source: TV Line) Nielsen data indicates that over 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.
“Kermit and Miss Piggy, please meet Joe Camel,” said PTC President Tim Winter. “It is a tragedy that one of the most iconic children’s television shows in history, The Muppets, would be so filled with adult content—sexual innuendoes, sexual references, drugs and alcohol, to be exact—that it would become too toxic for children. Our research shows that The Muppets isn’t a show for kids, yet it was supposedly created for families to watch together. Perhaps that’s why ratings for the show have continued to sink every week. FULL REPORT