Thank you for publishing the results of your research It makes all sense. I think this is certainly the main reason why the new judging system make figure skating less popular. The skater today focus to much on the element cause this is where they get points, but it certainly less attractive for the audience to watch them today.
Originally Posted by plushyfan
So, in terms of television viewer, it makes the sport less enjoyable to watch because skaters nowadays lack of personality and freedom in their program compared to the past. I think the new judging system is the reason why the people who know nothing about skating enjoy most the 6.0 system. Skaters today are like robots and tend to perform for points and not to please their audience.