I noticed this as well. I tend to chalk it up to peoples relentless fascination with the afterlife. I noticed that this is more so when it comes to theists and/or spiritual people. I also think it may have something to do with the so called impending doom at the end of the year or that Jesus is stopping by "finally" this coming May. It would seem that Networks have this tendency to alter their programing to coincide with that is one people minds or their fears.
Now I could could be completely bonkers thinking this but it's my best guess.
It started with Travel Channel showing the UK series "Most Haunted" even after psychic Derek Acorah was exposed as a fraud by the show's resident parapsychologist/psychologist. It became popular and soon enough SyFy channel came out with "Ghost Hunters" their most popular show that had a different approach. No psychics just cameras, MP3 recorders and tech gear.
It became the all time #1 show on that network. Soon paranormal shows busted out on almost every channel. History channel showed a knock off of Ghost Hunters called UFO Hunters and it still gets high ratings. So as long as people watch these shows they'll be on.
Ghost Hunters has had it's big controversy already. Every Halloween they have a all night "live ghost hunt". On one of these a couple of years ago the likable second in command of the Ghost Hunters ,Grant Wilson, had his coat seemingly tugged on by an invisible person in front of the camera. However before said incident he was seen playing with something in his pocket just before his jacket was tugged each time.
Ghost Hunters announced that SyFy swore to cancel their show if any trickery was suspected but instead they have two spin off shows. Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters Academy as the show brings in sponsors.
This won't go away anytime soon.
Yes i noticed this trend and it annoys me greatly, i used to love watching the history channel, especially The Universe i thought was a great program.
Battle 360 and Dogfights were good aswell, but im seeing less and less of these quality programs.
I can't remember the last time i watched Discovery channel they really only air shit now.
The only channel worth watching is discovery science but im afraid its going downhill aswell.
Here in holland i gave up watching the dutch channels as they only show the most boring and cheap programs they can make, they only cater for the masses, ratings are everything to the producers.
And commercials every 10 minutes, to watch a movie that normally takes 1 and a half hours takes 3 hours now ok thats exagerating i know but i would come close lol.
I'm not sure why i keep paying for shit i dont watch, i wish there was a way i could pick and choose which channels i want and only pay for those.
"I am halfway through Genesis, and quite appalled by the disgraceful behavior of all the characters involved, including God." - J. R. Ackerley