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Posted: 10/29/2006 7:44:27 AM EST
I always read about how many million viewers are watching any given television show. How could they possibly know exactly, or even, an approximation???
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:45:34 AM EST

Just a small survey extrapolated to represent the entire population, I think.

Possibly they can track your TV viewing through your cable provider (tinfoil on).

Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:46:54 AM EST
Must be that illegal domestic spying program of Bush.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:49:39 AM EST
tag
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:50:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By AvengeR15:
Just a small survey extrapolated to represent the entire population, I think.

Possibly they can track your TV viewing through your cable provider (tinfoil on).



My guess.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:51:39 AM EST
a van drives around the neighborhood, reading the signal your T.V. is receiving. It really messes with them when your channel surfing as the counter moves everytime you change the channel.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:52:54 AM EST
Through surveys.

In television, it is primarily the Nielson company which
handles it. Two methods. Metered markets-(actual devices on sets in selected homes in the market; and diary markets (selected homes are asked to keep diaries of viewing).

They use representative sampling. That is, a certain number of homes in a community represent the community......Actually, it's pretty accurate. Accurate enough, that the results are used to determine the success or failure of shows, individuals, etc.
The numbers are also used to determine commercial costs.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:53:49 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2006 7:55:59 AM EST by Alien]
Last I heard it was the Nielson ratings system. They sign up families after interviewing them. The family's viewing habits are tracked and they use this data to see how many people watch a given show.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nielson_rating

Edit: Looks like londo beat me
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:55:54 AM EST
(tinfoil hat on) Are you kidding Big Brother sees and knows everything that is going on!!



we need a tinfoil hat smiley
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:57:47 AM EST
the cable and satellite companies can tell what you are watching if you use a cable or converter box. i believe tivo can also tell what your watching through their box.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:09:26 AM EST
Its Nielson. I did it for awhile. Sure was a PITA.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:10:10 AM EST
Having those shows where you vote on whats happening gives them a REALLY good estimate.

-Foxxz
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:43:33 AM EST
Lies, dammed lies, statistics.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:46:47 AM EST
Haliburton channel survey collection analyzer.

Oh wait....I wasnt supposed to mention that.

They dont...its all guesswork. (this is more true than not)
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:47:26 AM EST
To be able to monitor your brains choices is part of the matrix code. Of course we don't even know it's going on, or that we are just being used as these...

Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:48:45 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dieselman:
To be able to monitor your brains choices is part of the matrix code. Of course we don't even know it's going on, or that we are just being used as these...
www.shoplet.com/office/limages/EB008435.gif


Shush, coppertop.
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