Seen Sesame Street? It's been on for 45 years Kevin Clash, the voice and movements behind Sesame Street's Elmo (AP photos)
Seen Sesame Street? It's been on for 45 years
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On "Sesame Street", things have changed. The show first ran 45 years ago. That was on Nov. 10, 1969.

Now, Cookie Monster exercises self-control. Sometimes he even eats fruits and vegetables. Another change is that, now, millions of kids watch the show on phones and computers instead of TV.

In 1973 "Sesame Street" was one of two TV shows for preschoolers. Now it's competing with 84 kids' shows on TV. Yet "Sesame Street" still holds its own. It ranks 20th among kids ages 2 to 5 with 850,000 viewers per TV episode.

Half the viewers watch it in digital formats. Options include SesameStreet.org, PBSKids.org, Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and some 50 apps. A "Sesame Street" YouTube channel has a million subscribers.

"Sesame Street" also has a high "co-viewing" experience. That means adults watching the show with kids. Nearly half of "Sesame Street" viewers are over age 18. That's why sketches often have pop culture references that 2-year-olds don't get, but adults do.

"Sesame Street" was one of the few shows in the 1970s to feature all races and ethnicities. Today the show also routinely features children with disabilities.

Newer seasons also feature less of the actual street with human characters. More puppets are used in skits with animation or other technical wizardry. Executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente says the puppets "have a madcap energy to them." It helps "Sesame Street" compete with the many other kids shows that are animated.

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COMMENTS (8)
  • AliannaR-Saw
    11/06/2014 - 12:49 p.m.

    I think that that is good that it is still coming on t.v.

    • JuliannaS-Saw
      11/07/2014 - 02:48 p.m.

      You said that two times and yup it is good that it is still on T.V for little kids.

    • Tina-Sch
      11/10/2014 - 12:41 p.m.

      I think what I learn from the story is that sesame street was made by those puppet and it on PBS kids
      and they say that people see sesame street on TV, self phone and completer and it really famous that it those puppets are on sesame street and it tech kids things. and sesame street was made in NOV. 10th

  • Mackenzie-Sch
    11/10/2014 - 12:40 p.m.

    I loved sesame street as a little kid, but I hate that so many people are using the new technology to watch it .

  • Mikenzie-Sch
    11/10/2014 - 12:40 p.m.

    I think what we learned is that seam street is a good why for you child to learn and to grow form.And that it is on the internet,TV.and all over the place so you can learn it is oven on PBS.com

  • John0724-YYCA
    11/17/2014 - 09:47 p.m.

    If you guys ever noticed about the voice actor of Elmo is a really huge and bough black guy but the funny is that how does this really big and bough black person makes all those squeaky voices of Elmo? Maybe the big and bough black person tries his best to make a squeaky voice. I really think that this is an really funny thing and I just wonder if any of the puppets from sesame street's voice actors are an also surprising person to find out.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    11/19/2014 - 09:22 p.m.

    I think that it is amazing for the Cookie Monster has self-control to not eat cookies, but instead to be able to eat fruits and vegetables. Another thing that is amazing is that a really old tv show (Sesame Street) is famous with 2-5 year old kids now. I think that this is amazing because a long time ago, children disliked most of the characters in Sesame Street.

  • jahvona-Wre
    1/21/2015 - 01:19 p.m.

    wow i didnt know that sesame street was here for that long and that used to be my favorite show when i was little

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