There is much the same situation in Australian Television. Like you, we tend to watch a high proportion of ABC [the Government provider]. To watch a drama on commercial television is a waste of time in many instances as because as you become involved in the plot you are suddenly interrupted by 5 minutes or so of advertising [ at times this happens in the middle of a crucial scene] It probably does not matter to those who watch the endless drivel of these so called "Reality programs" as they only require the concentration levels of an alchoholic amoeba. I realise that advertising is required to fund commercial television, but, does it have to last for so long to get the message through??? I think not!!!. REMEMBER........ "Quality is Better than Quantity"
footnote............. I think the UK program "Grumpy Old Men/Women" could probably make a good case in this cause.