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Posted: 10/4/2004 12:01:25 PM EDT
A few friends and I were talking about it the other day. We know quite a few people, in many area's and many socio and economic groups. Yet not one of us knows someone, or even someone that knows some one that gets to rate the tv shows we watch.
out of all of arfcom, surley there must be one here that does it.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 12:02:24 PM EDT
I filled out a two week Nielsen diary once. I think they paid me $10 for my trouble.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 12:12:42 PM EDT
I've done it. I think I did it for a week, and they sent me $5 for it. Just doin' my part to help Fox News kick everyone else's ass.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 1:03:31 PM EDT
I did it for about 2 1/2 years. This was about 6-7 years ago. During that time, I went through a divorce, living alone, living with roomates and thn a girlfriend. They saw just about all demographics. I got picked by some guy walking door to door.

Nielson used a dialer box that compiled the data from all TV's, VCR's and game systems. The dialer box would dial in the data around 2AM - 5AM every night. The box was hooked up to the TV's etc by wires soldered directly into the tuners. Kind of sucked when you wanted to move a TV. The wires to each room were run under the carpet. It paid a little money every now and then. No diary's to fill out.

I don't know if they use the same methods to monitor what your watching now or not.

Link Posted: 10/4/2004 1:07:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Burley:
I filled out a two week Nielsen diary once. I think they paid me $10 for my trouble.



Me too - one time only, though I only got $5. They sent it in cash - crisp $1 bills.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 1:09:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jtb33:

Originally Posted By Burley:
I filled out a two week Nielsen diary once. I think they paid me $10 for my trouble.



Me too - one time only, though I only got $5. They sent it in cash - crisp $1 bills.



Did you claim that on you income tax that year?
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 1:10:03 PM EDT
Check out the name!!!
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 1:20:40 PM EDT
They called me for a short term monitoring once. I told them I didn't have a TV (I didn't and don't). The caller was somewhat surprised. I guess that doesn't happen very often.


Link Posted: 10/4/2004 1:24:23 PM EDT
Did it for radio once. I think it was for a month. Probably for sweeps, but I don't know if radio stations have sweeps months.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 6:24:36 PM EDT
I've done it three times in the last 15 years. Twice I filled out the diaries and once was a box that hooked up to the TV and a phone line.

Funny thing is none of the shows we were watching seemed to make the cut.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 6:27:36 PM EDT
I did it once also. Filled in the little questionaire and sent it in. They gave $5 for my troubles. The company picks new people everyweek for their surveys.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 6:33:34 PM EDT
With the help of some if not most cable companies they can monitire what you watch through the cable box.

2 + 2 = 5
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 6:37:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 7:50:33 PM EDT
They called last week to get me to do this. I said thanks but no thanks and the lady couldn't believe it. They called three more times after that still trying to talk me into it. What up with that?
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 10:24:20 AM EDT
Thanks. Proves they aren't a myth then. Always wondered, and figured it was the same set of families each time. Guess they must have a bit of both.
Still amazes me that a show has a huge following, but doesn't get good ratings.
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