* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' is far more popular among tween girls than the typical PoliceProcedural, thanks to the popularity of [[PerkyGoth Abby Sciuto]].
* Daytime television has traditionally been aimed at children and housewives, who were the largest demographics expected to be home during the day. However, college kids, unemployed slackers, and other groups who are home during the day (or have access to a TV during daytime hours) have catapulted certain shows into mainstream appreciation.
* MerchandiseDriven ''{{Tokusatsu}}'' is aimed squarely at kids. However, they cast a lot of [[{{Bishonen}} pretty-boy actors]] to [[ParentService appeal]] to the ''mothers'' of the aforementioned kids, who often watch the show at home with their children. And if not the mothers, then it works well with the older sisters of these kids. And if the fathers stay around long enough to watch it at times, the actresses fill that niche nicely, along with the gravure to go with it. A second periphery demographic is the small but solid overseas fanbase, who tend to be in their late teens or mid-20s, overlapping somewhat with the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' fandom as well.
** An episode of ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco'' actually discusses this phenomenon. Masayoshi's manager books him for a guest spot on a ''SuperSentai'' {{Expy}}, and claims that it will boost his career since Toku shows are watched by a large number of women with disposable income.
** ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has recently been appealing more to the older fans, with Toys/SHFiguarts figures and even an entire show, ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'', targeted at this demographic. ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' meanwhile is making an effort to involve the {{Big Name Fan}}s more in the show's promotion.
* Most shows [[GirlShowGhetto aimed for tween girls]] can be this towards boys. Shows like ''LizzieMcGuire'', ''Series/ICarly'', ''SonnyWithAChance'', ''{{Victorious}}'', ''ShakeItUp'', etc., are watched by a surprising number of boys because they a) like/have a {{celeb crush}} on one or more of the lead/supporting girls in the show, b) want to hear them sing, c) enjoy their antics, or d) all of the above. The FanService itself on the girls helps too. (This also applies to non-{{Disney}}/{{Nickelodeon}} shows.)
** These shows (as well as similar ones that feature male protagonists) also seem to be popular with senior citizens, if only because they're happy to find [[ValuesDissonance something on TV that's as wholesome as what they used to watch when they were younger]]. On a darker note, these shows also attract pedophiles because of the FanService mentioned above.
** Disney XD shows are aimed at preteen boys, but its cast of good-looking guys like Logan Miller, Billy Unger and Leo Howard have certainly attracted many female fans. Likewise, it also attracts many older male fans who are into the female stars like Olivia Holt, Kelli Berglund or Paris Berelc.
** Many shows aimed for kids or tweens also have large college-aged audiences. ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', and ''Series/ICarly'' are all good examples of this.
*** ''Spongebob'' and ''Fairly Oddparents'' are also longrunners, so it's also likely that young adults have grown up with these shows and still watch them.
* The idea of the Sci-Fi Channel (or [=SyFy=] now) having a mostly young male demographic is increasingly fallacious, which the execs seem to have some difficulty recognizing; when confronted with the fact that many of their viewers are women, David Howe [[http://scifiwire.com/2009/03/sci-fi-president-dave-how.php acknowledged that]] "almost half of our audience is women, thanks to shows such as ''Ghost Hunters'' that attract more women than men", completely ignoring the fact that many of their scripted shows (''Series/{{Farscape}}'', ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', the various [[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargates]], ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'', etc.) had/have significant (if not overwhelmingly, or at least more involved in online fandom) female audiences.
* [[GermanTVStations Kika, a German kid channel]], has a mascot called Bernd das Brot (Bernd the Bread). The pessimistic bread became a cult favorite with young adults and teens in Germany. Kika started airing a looped program with Bernd instead of static after 9 P.M, attracting many insomniac young viewers.
* Teen shows with prominent gay or lesbian characters, like ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' or ''{{Greek}}'', often find themselves with significant ''adult'' followings in [[LGBTFanbase the LGBT community]].
** Likewise with queer characters in [[SoapOpera Soap Operas]], in terms of attracting LGBT viewers who normally don't watch them. The [[{{LOGO}} After Elton]] website, has a section dedicated to shows like this called "Gays Of Our Lives".
* Soap Operas tend to be aimed at middle aged women. But they become quite popular among college students. The joke is that the televisions in student houses don't get many channels so the students end up watching soaps all day.
* America's Next Top Model as well as any of the other Top Model shows have enough FetishFuel and {{Fanservice}} to attract male viewers.
** Project Runway to a much lesser degree for similar reasons.
* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' was obviously designed to appeal to housewives, who would do most of the shopping for household items. Over the show's long history, however, it has garnered interest from just about every viewer demographic.
** Bob Barker noted that the show got a lot of college fans after he was featured in ''HappyGilmore'' and beat up Adam Sandler.
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' likewise grew from mostly housewife appeal to pretty much universal. Especially since the mid-90s or so, they've taken to having more college-age students.
* In England, ''DealOrNoDeal'' is the show of choice, possibly due to the presenter (Noel Edmonds) having presented 90's show ''Noel's House Party''. Probably more down to the fact that he's able to make a show about someone opening boxes seem quite tense and nail-biting. Even when all the big prizes have gone.
* The Food Network's initial run of ''IronChef'' carried advertisements generally aimed at over-40-housewives, who were Food Network's primary demographic at the time. When the show was adopted by younger viewers due to its competition aspect and the NarmCharm of its presentation, Food Network was caught flat-footed and took a lengthy period of time to properly capitalise on the show's success by making it a centerpiece of their lineup. Rapid NetworkDecay soon followed.
* AnthonyBourdain's first show was also adopted by a younger demographic than originally intended.
* ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' is a show aimed at extremely young children, but it became famous for attracting the attention of college/uni students and druggies, all of whom were often watching television in the middle of the day. The show's baffling and surreal nature, combined with its bright colors and hypnotically repetitive nature, made the show enjoyable with the right amount of irony or [[WatchItStoned chemistry]].
* ''In the Night Garden'' is arguably even more cutesy, surreal and coy than Teletubbies, and makes perfect hangover viewing, or if you are so inclined, watching it stoned or tranquillised is amazing.
* Shows aimed at older children. ''{{Raven}}'' is surprisingly popular among adults.
* The ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' is watched by many adult fans of parent show ''Series/DoctorWho''. When you consider that the show has ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' references, that may be intentional.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' itself:
** ''Doctor Who'' was originally intended as a show that would teach history to kids, but when it started going more overtly science fiction (in its second serial no less) it started to bring in a lot more adult fans who would watch with their children, not to mention the kids who grew up and yet stayed with the show into adulthood thanks to its LongRunner status. It's a matter of (at times quite heated and interminable) debate, however, whether the show is a 'family' show (i.e. intended for both kids and adults from the start), a kid's show that happens to claim a strong Periphery Demographic among adults, a kid's show which eventually became a family show or something else entirely. In short, ''Doctor Who'' can be best be summed up by three words: MultipleDemographicAppeal.
** This trope was the reasoning that the BBC used to explain the extreme, disproportionate popularity of the Fourth Doctor as compared to the other classic Doctors. The belief, at least at the time, was that while kids enjoyed William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, and parents enjoyed Jon Pertwee (during whose tenure the show was {{ReTool}}ed into a ''Film/JamesBond''-like format), Tom Baker's Doctor drew huge audiences of college students and hip, childless young adults, who would not normally watch a children's show but related to the new Doctor's eccentric [[AllLovingHero bohemian]] [[ChaoticGood values]] and [[WatchItStoned counterculture-compatible]] quirks such as his signature [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs logic play]], [[MushroomSamba googly-eyed staring at things that appear normal to everyone else]] and munchies-like fondness of sugary junk food. These students also thought the retro-[[TheFifties Fifties]] {{BMovie}} sci-fi elements of the show were super cool, since they had fallen TwoDecadesBehind and were now ironic-hip again. Coming along at the time when those who had loved watching William Hartnell in their early teens [[PopularityPolynomial now wanted to introduce their own kids to the show]] probably also helped, though the BBC at least was convinced the stoner audience was the main ratings boost.
** It seems comical to a modern audience aware of [[LongHairedPrettyBoy Paul McGann]], [[HellBentForLeather Christopher Eccleston]], [[SharpDressedMan David Tennant]] and [[{{Hipster}} Matt Smith]]'s Doctors, but at the time, Tom Baker was also considered 'the sexy Doctor', much younger and more handsome than his predecessors, and with lots more sexual tension with his companions than had been seen up to that point (particularly with the second Romana, who Tom Baker actually was having RomanceOnTheSet with). This contributed to his popularity with an EstrogenBrigade, the fanfiction of which still survives in ancient, photocopied fanzines.
* Although ''BeakmansWorld'' was generally aimed at 9-to-14 year old school kids, high schoolers and college students liked it too. Maybe it was because they finally got what they couldn't get in middle school; maybe it was because the main character looked like someone who'd do drugs; maybe it was the assistants (no, not the rat); or even a combination of all three.
* Similarly, ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' still has a significant following among young men, which may have been a factor in creating a similar series more directly targeted at them.
** The NostalgiaFilter probably has a lot to do with this, since both these guys have been around since at least the early '90s. Who knows, it might even appeal to middle-aged/elderly Baby Boomers who remember ''Mr. Wizard''.
** In Seattle (where the show was filmed), a large part of the audience were older adults who really missed ''Series/AlmostLive'', where the Science Guy and the other cast members got their start.
* The children's TV show ''LazyTown'' is also known to be popular with teenagers and young adults as well as parents. At least some of this is due to entirely [[{{Lolicon}} unwholesome]] reasons, though given Sportacus's and Robbie's tight pants we can be reasonably sure that some of the [[ParentService adult appeal]] is deliberate.
** Though [[EarWorm some of the songs are catchy]] as well. "You Are a Pirate" is the only reason some people have even heard of this show.
* ''Series/ICarly'' started off aimed at roughly the 8-14 market, but ended up being a massive hit in all the children and teen demographics (from young kids to mid teens). Since people caught on to the massive amounts of GettingCrapPastTheRadar included, it's now a big hit with adults and college viewers as well.
* ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' - It has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar page and a former FetishFuel page. You can't deny there's a periphery demographic following this show.
* While not to the same extent as the above two, ''{{Victorious}}'' and ''Series/BigTimeRush'' are also good contenders with periphery demographics, given their GettingCrapPastTheRadar (especially with the former) and music provided in most episodes.
* Many parents and adults tend to view ''Series/YoGabbaGabba'' as a GuiltyPleasure, although some of its appeal is from the show's baffling ability to somehow convince popular indie rock bands like Low, Mates of State, HotHotHeat, The Shins and Of Montreal to appear as musical guests.
** It helps that the show was produced by a member of the ''Aquabats''.
* A growing number of Western fans in their 20-30s grew up watching ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. The fact that they brought back Jason David Frank (as a regular cast member for [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder season 12]]) and JohnnyYongBosch (in a guest spot for [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive the 15th anniversary]]) would suggest that the producers are well aware of the older ''Power Ranger'' fans.
** Saban's franchise relaunch, ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', is seeming to bank on this, trying to appeal to older fans by bringing back both the theme song and ThoseTwoGuys from the original series (well, one of ThoseTwoGuys and [[GenerationXerox a son of the other]]).
*** The 20th Anniversary series ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' looks to be catering to this demographic a bit as well as it will feature appearances from past Rangers [[http://rrrotoku.com/2012/07/13/jason-david-frank-potentially-returning-for-megaforce/ possibly]] including Jason David Frank.
* The Canadian TV series ''TrailerParkBoys'' is very popular with both criminals ''and'' police officers. The former are able to identify with the main characters (the producers even describe the show as "''Cops'' from the criminal's point of view"), while the cops enjoy seeing depictions of what they have to deal with in their jobs.
** It's also popular with both the lower-class demographic it depicts and more well-to-do people who find the portrayal of their lifestyle hilarious.
* Word on the street has it that the live-action ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'' TV series was cancelled because, while it had an active fan following, said fan following was mostly older women who didn't mesh with the rest of The Sci-Fi Channel's young male demographic.
* As for Sci-fi examples, ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' was cancelled to make way for ''Series/StargateUniverse'' so TPTB could appeal to a younger male demographic instead of SGA's (very large) female fanbase.
** Considering the copious amount of almost soap-operish melodrama (at least in the opening episodes), it seems that [=SyFy=] have decided to try for MultipleDemographicAppeal with the show.
** TPTB claim that the cancellation of SGA and the launch of SGU weren't direct causation. They have not convinced many fans that this is true.
* ''QueerAsFolk'' was intended for gay men to watch, but ended up largely drawing in [[YaoiFangirl straight women]].
** Its DistaffCounterpart, ''TheLWord'', also caught the attention of many straight men because, well ... [[GirlOnGirlIsHot let's face it]].
* The VisionOn [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcCHRW8G9yY gallery theme tune]], so iconic it penetrated a national consciousness, can only be intended for the periphery demographic, as the intended audience was [[spoiler:deaf children.]]
* ''SesameStreet'' intentionally invoked this trope, in order to create a show that kids and parents would watch and enjoy together. This kids show grew its following gradually; when the original kid viewers grew up to be adults, they would subsequently watch the show with their own children.
** Same goes for, in a slightly different context, with ''MisterRogersNeighborhood''. Compared to Sesame Street, Mister Rogers had more {{Affectionate Parod|y}}ies, although [[SaturdayNightLive some]] [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy were controversial]].
* ''Series/ChoujinkiMetalder'', the sixth ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' show, attracted a primarily older fanbase instead of its intended young audience due to its dark and complex storyline compare to previous ''Metal Hero'' shows. As a result, it was canceled at the end of its third course, with only 39 episodes instead of the usual 50.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is primarily a family show, but with liberal application of HoYay, ShipTease and EstrogenBrigadeBait, the fandom is largely made up of [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls women who like to write slash fiction]].
* ''Series/TopGear'' is a [[GearheadShow Petrolhead Show]], but there are plenty of people who watch it without knowing much about cars, simply cause it is that hilarious, and it doesn't hurt that the film crew is great at making everything look good.
* Both the producers and the star, Creator/JeremyBrett, were surprised to learn that their 1984-1994 ''Series/SherlockHolmes'' TV series adaptation was very popular with kids, who seemed to see the lead character as a SuperHero. As such, Brett got permission from the granddaughter of Arthur Conan Doyle to have Holmes beat his cocaine addiction and bury his needle.
* ''TheGoldenGirls'' and ''SexAndTheCity'' have such a huge CampGay demographic, it's been frequently implied (often by PeripheryHatedom) that everyone else is their periphery demographic.
** It's a little hard to find ''The Golden Girls''' original demographic. Even during its debut it was very popular with younger demographics (and still is). When asked why, I think Creator/BettyWhite said it best, "Because it's funny!"
** It probably also has something to do with how the whole thing was [[http://legendsrevealed.com/entertainment/2011/01/14/tv-legends-revealed-35/ spun out of a joke about NBC's fall line-up at the time that seemed to go over well.]]
* In addition to ''TheGoldenGirls'', several other sitcoms airing from the mid 1980's to the mid 1990's fit this trope. ''TheCosbyShow'', ''TheFreshPrinceofBelAir'' and ''FamilyMatters'' all had predominantly African-American casts, and were/still are enjoyed and appreciated by viewers of many backgrounds. Although ''FullHouse'' skewed more toward a female audience, the show was popular with males as well.
* War miniseries like ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' and ''ThePacific'', in theory and according to mainstream media, are generally geared at middle-aged-to-older men ([[SaturdayNightLive Seth Meyers]], making fun of [[SleazyPolitician Eric Massa]], accused of groping a staffer at his fiftieth birthday party: "That's not what happens on 50th birthdays. On ''my'' dad's 50th birthday, we got him a gift certificate to Morton's and a ''Band of Brothers'' DVD"), including those who possibly served. However, they tend to have ''very'' strong fanbases of young women in their teens and twenties, partially because of the wealth of young men in uniform and [[{{Slash}} the many shipping possibilities]]. However, many seem to have genuine interest in [[RealLife the history]] as well
* ''Kabouter Plop'', a [[WidgetSeries Belgian children's TV show about singing and dancing gnomes]], has somewhat of a following among young adults in the English-speaking world due to its [[EarWorm catchy songs]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4ivw0mA6mg bizarre]] {{Mondegreen}}s [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/underpants that exist for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-qGPvk_-Rk said songs]].
** Not to mention that said earworms are often played in teenage/adult clubs in Belgium.
* The British teen drama ''Series/{{Skins}}'' has multigenerational appeal thanks to its excellent writing and acting. In fact, adult fans probably outnumber teen fans outside of Britain.
* It's no secret that the {{DCLAU}}'s primary fanbase is made up of older teens and young adults.
* ''{{Wishbone}}'' was aimed towards kids seven to fourteen, but it gained a lot of popularity from teenagers and adults, as well as many literature fans.
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'', the live-action adaptation of the classic kiddies' history series, airs on the British equivalent of PBSKids and is theoretically aimed at 6 to 12-year-olds... which in practice hasn't stopped the show's writers and performers from slyly directing it squarely at older teens/adults, who've responded in droves.
* MTV's Series/TeenWolf has attracted a not insignificant adult gay following. Considering how much time the many attractive guys on the show spend shirtless, and the shows casual inclusion of a gay character and gay themes into some of its episodes, this may not be entirely unintentional.
* The {{CBC}} has a significant American audience, thanks to the Canadian population living for the most part near the U.S. border. CBC stations can be picked up over the air in most cities bordering Canada, and the CBC is even carried on some cable systems in markets near the Canadian border.
* BarneyAndFriends seems to be a CultClassic to some despite of the PeripheryHatedom. Among other things, [[TheWikiRule his own wiki]] has more than ''2000 pages'' and numerous requests on Youtube for specific episodes. Reasons for watching them include childhood nostalgia to seeing DemiLovato and SelenaGomez in their younger years.
* Even though the humor of the shows would likely go well over kids' heads, it's not too uncommon to see late elementary school/early middle school age kids watch ''{{Seinfeld}}'' or ''MarriedWithChildren'' reruns.
* Series/{{Dexter}} has an enormous female fanbase, probably because most women find his "damaged yet very mysterious" nature charming.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is one of the most oddest examples of this trope. Even though most of the characters in the show work in a university, and it features a lot of nerd and geek references, it was always aimed at Adults 18-49 like many sitcoms of it's kind. However, since then, the show has accumulated a ''huge'' following with nerds and geeks, who not only appreciate the many science fiction and comic book/superhero references, but also can relate to many experinces the characters often go through. It's become up to the point where it's so huge, that the show ''itself'' has become apart of the nerd and geek entertainment.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'', as well as the {{ASongOfIceAndFire}}, is very popular among adolescents. It's mainly due to growing up in the social media that didn't exist when shows like the Sopranos, The Wire and Oz were on the air. Basically, the exact opposite situation of Periphery audience The Hunger Games has received.
* ''Series/TheWire'' is an intriguing example. While the show is not designed with any particular race demographic in mind, and indeed contains more black characters and cast members than white, most of the attention and sky-high praise heaped upon the show and its gritty, urban subject matter came from white fans, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday leaving a sizable chunk of the show's black viewers to wonder just what the big deal is.]]