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TV stations know how many viewers are tuned in?

Postby germainebull » 02 Dec 2016, 10:53

I was thinking about the matter of TV broadcasts versus the number of viewers who are tuned in at a particular time. This matter got me thinking; Can a TV station tell the number of viewers who are watching a particular program at a specific time?
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Re: TV stations know how many viewers are tuned in?

Postby germainebull » 04 Jan 2017, 08:35

I believe we have users who can offer their input on this matter.
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Re: TV stations know how many viewers are tuned in?

Postby Angie10 » 04 Jan 2017, 10:59

The simple answer is yes they can and do monitor the number of viewers because that helps them determine whether to keep running a show or not. That's why some TV series get discontinued 'before they gain traction'. For them it's all about the ratings and their line of reasoning is, if a show doesn't draw a large viewership, there's no point in continuing to air it.

However, I've always wondered if the systems they have in place to measure popularity take into account recorded episodes, downloads and video views because my husband and I never watch shows on TV. We much prefer to wait until we can download the whole series and be able to watch it back to back.
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Re: TV stations know how many viewers are tuned in?

Postby nakitakona » 04 Jan 2017, 15:10

The method that the monitoring agency that rates the TV's viewers is through a survey. Representative of that survey company is roaming around and conducting a sampling survey to a particular community. Then it records those answers and tabulate the results. That is how I understand.
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Re: TV stations know how many viewers are tuned in?

Postby chikitta » 04 Jan 2017, 15:37

Yes i think that can because things have gone digital so anything is possible.
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Re: TV stations know how many viewers are tuned in?

Postby blair » 04 Jan 2017, 16:40

I think they pay for the service. Someone will conduct a survey and that is it. I have not heard of a new way of doing it.
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Re: TV stations know how many viewers are tuned in?

Postby Collinberg » 04 Jan 2017, 16:42

Am not sure it's possible for TV stations to know how many people ate viewing their stations at any given time.
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Re: TV stations know how many viewers are tuned in?

Postby metsrock69 » 04 Jan 2017, 19:01

There is so much new technology out there today that they can tell what a person watches and how much they watch. that is where they get the ratings from.
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Postby germainebull » 05 Jan 2017, 12:41

chikitta wrote:Yes i think that can because things have gone digital so anything is possible.


Angie10 concurs with your view.
You too have enabled me to have a clearer view of this matter.
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Re: TV stations know how many viewers are tuned in?

Postby agape » 10 Jan 2017, 16:23

I don't think this is possible. This would require sophisticated technology systems that are lacking in many areas.
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Re: TV stations know how many viewers are tuned in?

Postby germainebull » 11 Jan 2017, 08:26

agape wrote:I don't think this is possible. This would require sophisticated technology systems that are lacking in many areas.


So, I guess you mean that high-tech technology is required for this to be possible. If this is correct, such scheme would be possible in certain countries that boast of high-tech advancements.
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