reply to Chubbysumo
Re: Simple solution... Huh, well that would explain that. When checking the guide a week or two ago I recorded two Mythbusters episodes, after having not seen the show in a long time. I thought I was hitting the fast-forward button an awful lot more than usual.
The worst advertising abuse I've ever seen was a few months ago when I tried watching an old episode of "Murder, She Wrote" on the TV Land channel (don't judge, my mom loved the series years ago and I found it vaguely interesting and decided to watch one episode on my own). Wikipedia says that the hour-long programs had 40 minutes of actual content, which isn't the best ratio but not too terrible. Then I realized that the listing on the TV guide wasn't for 60 minutes, but for 72. There were 40 minutes of programming for 32 minutes of advertising, or as a percentage, 44% of the runtime of this rerun was taken up by commercials. I noticed that several of the commercial breaks weren't even included in the original program, which greatly broke up the story's flow. Why on earth would I bother watching this program live, actually watching the commercials, when my viewing experience has been so completely !@#$ upon?