I'm of the opinion that the writer's strike is the best thing that happened to American TV viewers since Technicolor. Some polls I've seen say I'm not alone.
As the strike dragged on and people got more and more used to seeing less and less fresh programming (and *gasp* found things to do besides watching the boob tube), it became increasingly clear that more viewers found themselves responding "I don't care" and "It doesn't affect me" when asked about the strike and dearth of new TV shows.
Maybe — just maybe — it's the start of a tiny cultural revolution. Perhaps it gave folks the idea that television isn't as vital to life as they once thought. It could even lead to the rediscovery of a few long-lost cultural artifacts.
At least I can hope.