With the overwhelming success of the AMC original series Mad Men, a show about a New York advertising agency in the 1960’s, it was only a matter of time before more ad industry-related TV shows would hit the air.
Mad Men’s season 3 premiere, which aired on Sunday set a ratings record for the show, with approximately 2.8 million viewers tuning in. A 34% increase from last year. AMC also reported that the create-your-own “Mad Men Yourself” avatar was downloaded 485,000 times.
So it hasn’t taken long for other advertising-based shows to pop up. This year, TNT debuted the drama Trust Me based on a fictional ad agency in Chicago. However the show was a major disappointment and was canceled after 13 episodes. Recently, Australia’s Comedy Channel and FOXTEL have been promoting the comedy TV series :30 Seconds. The series is based on some ridiculous characters, while poking fun at the excesses of the advertising industry.