The reminders are for people who just tuned in. The look ahead is to convince people they need to keep watching after the break.
If you want to judge how thick the average audience are the content is still the best indicator.
In any case anyone with half a brain tapes the shows they like and fast-forwards through all the ads and the pap. That way you can watch a show that has an hour slot in 30 minutes.
Current Lash Up:
Technics SL1200 with Sumiko h/s & Nagaoka MP50 * Firebottle valve MM phono stage * Parasound CDPi1000 * NVA P90SA passive pre / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *
"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." - Hunter S Thompson