by Doctor Science
Since I'm spending most of my time beating my head against code or doing other grownup stuff, here's a short postette. As I've admitted before, I watch Teen Wolf. The show is in the second half of its third season, and by fannish calculation less than a year has passed and it's still 2011. Which means these characters are high school juniors, 17 years old plus or minus one:
Because Teen Wolf is taking multiple seasons to get through a single high school year, it's got a particularly bad case of Dawson's Casting. But even aside from that, I really don't understand why
TV makes so many shows about teenagers, and so few about 18-22-year-old college students. It's notable that the most popular current shows about college-student-type people are Community and The Big Bang Theory -- and neither are about characters the age of usual American undergrads.
It's particularly strange because the customers for TV are advertisers -- we viewers are just the product. In the Nielson ratings, under-25 viewers are an 'outlier' and under-18s aren't usually counted at all, so why make so many TV shows about them? Is this a habit TV got into back in the early days and never got out of? Or are teens much more sought after as viewers -- and 18-22-y.o.s much *less* -- than the usual Nielsen ratings indicate?
 In fairness (or something), the creators' grasp of their own timeline can only be charitably described using terms like "non-Euclidian".