What does it even mean to say a game matters?
I will admit that modern television has, when it catches my attention, done a very good job of holding it for a while. However, it can also lose it pretty badly. The old one & done format meant you could have a stinker of an episode story wise & recover on the next. When the story can arc across multiple episodes, or even half or more of a season, you got to have a solid story, or you will lose the audience.