When life feels chaotic and the news overwhelming, audiences tend to turn to upbeat and familiar television. This self-comforting through viewership led to a double-digit ratings surge this year for TLC when the network delivered its best first quarter in two years among women 25 to 54 in primetime.
Jacqueline Cutler is a longtime journalist covering television on a national and international level, after many hard news beats. She serves on the executive board of the Television Critics Association.
Cutler has won national awards for writing, edited...