No since at this age especialy any toy they see whether it be on tv or in stores, they want it usually. DD has recieved 2 pillow pets (one is a mini), a happy napper and something else that i cant remember. My niece does not get read to either so when i went out for a summer trip reading at night was a lot of fun for her. She and dd are in 1st grade so i would have them read to me instead to help with their fluency.
If a kid sees something it is possible for them to want it after seeing it just once. Just because they ask for something "as seen on tv" doesn't mean they watch too much tv. That may be the case for these kids but it's not an automatic assumption every time a kid asks for as seen on tv items.
My son doesn't watch much tv but hes asked for Stompeez. They have a huge display at Walmart and places like Walgreens and CVS carry them. Its really easy to know as seen on tv products without ever seeing them on tv.
With ds, all it takes is seeing one tv commercial for a product and he wants it. He was thrilled when I surprised him with a Gyro Bowl one day. I'd found it at Target for $4.98 so I figured why not. But just because they want something they see on tv, doesn't mean they're always watching.
We don't have cable but when we visit family my son starts asking for as seen on tv stuff, even though he has only seen it that one day. But when I asked my niece what she wanted for x-mas she said "I don't know let me watch tv first" :) (I got her stompeez)
LOL. Naw, I mean those commercials are everywhere and thier friends get them and could balk about them there too. My son keeps talking about some "As seen on TV" stuff and he hardly watches TV LOL. I don't know where he gets this stuff.