I’m tired of hearing about the failed Jay Leno experiment at NBC. It wasn’t the “experiment” that failed. The experimental concept was putting on a network comedy talk show in prime time. The failure arose from the fact that The Jay Leno Show was a terrible horrible show that nobody could stand to watch.
In television, the question of how bad a show can be and still attract viewers is not an experiment. People attempt it all the time. It’s too common a tactic to be considered experimental.