Will MTV’s ‘Skins’ Hit High Ratings Due To PTC Controversy?

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jan. 24, 2011

Tonight, MTV aired it second episode of “Skins”, a week after controversy loomed for the network from the Parents Television Council that the series is the “most dangerous show on television for teens”. Not only has the PTC spoken out about the content of the show – they’ve also been blasting the advertisers supporting the show, which has prompted a slew of them to back out. First to jump ship was Taco Bell, followed by H&R Block, Subway, GM, Wrigley, and now Schick.

PHOTOS: Racy shots of the first episode of Skins featuring troubled teenagers — is it too risque?

In their letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, they wrote: In addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15, PTC counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the premiere episode. It is clear that Viacom has knowingly produced material that may well be in violation of [several anti-child pornography laws]

Did you catch the show? What did you think? Real controversy or just good PR for both the show and the advertisers? It’ll be interesting to see the show’s ratings tonight after the media has been talking about it all week — which is essentially free advertising for MTV, bad publicity or not.

By the way, we have just put up quite a few photos from the premiere episode of Skins on Monday night, featuring the teenage stars in quite racy situations, which ignited the Parent’s Television Council to call the series “dangerous”. You can view the photos by clicking here.


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