The restaurant I mentioned here:http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=75495.13605
I am never going back there again. I was there for lunch today. Right when my salad arrived, an episode of Dirty Jobs came on. Try eating a salad sprinkled with white cheese when Mike is on the tv blathering about "We're gonna learn about maggots today...Here's the maggots feeding on salmon guts...Guess how maggots eat...."
I wanted to ask the waitresses to change the channel, but they were standing around the table of another customer who was gushing "I love this show! It's my favorite!" And they were enthusiastically agreeing "Oh, I know! It's so awesome!" "Oh, did you ever see xyz episode ?" "I did! Remember that one scene..." I don't think I should have to ask every time I go into a restaurant "Please don't play tv shows that kill my appetite or make me uncomfortable." Since they lack that common sense, well, my money is going elsewhere instead
And yes, I've been in other restaurants where the staff realized (without any customer comment) "Whoa, this tv show will be offputting to customers. Let me grab the remote real quick..."