A sad fact of television is that at the end of the day, it’s not about producing stuff of artistic merit, it’s about making stuff that will grab the most viewers. This is why most “niche” television channels slowly but surely drift away from their original constituency and become about something else entirely. What, you want examples? Way ahead of you – I’ve got seven of them. Because that’s how list articles work.
So, what channels have forgot what they're about? Well, for starters, TLC seems to be the prime example. How do you go from being The Learning Channel to airing, thus bringing to fame, "Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo?" There's definitely nothing to learn from that show, to put it mildly. Not all TV channels losing their way has been a bad thing. "Breaking Bad" isn't what AMC originally intended to air when it first launched. Instead it was to pay tribute to the Golden Age of Cinema by airing the best films of the earliest decades.