As far as I know we don’t yet have the technology or government program that allows us to determine the secret motivations of television viewers. So there’s no way of knowing what people actually wanted to see if they watched Nik Wallenda walk across a gigantic canyon near the Grand Canyon on Sunday night. How many tuned in because they’re avid fans of his? How many had never heard of him but stumbled upon the show? How many watched his Niagara Falls walk and wanted to see him do it again, this time over dry land and without a harness? How many watched to see if he’d plummet?
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