Why figure skating?

Welcome to the world of figure skating.  Although some people decry its reputation as a serious sport, it remains one of the most watched sports on television.  Figure skating events at the Olympics are golden for the network carrying them, and it’s easy to see why.  Drama.  Suspense.  Nerves of steel.  Artistry.  Athleticism.  Mix them together on a worldwide stage and you’ve got the makings for a ratings bonanza:

Who could resist?!