Ever wonder whose in control of tracking the view counts on your television? Have you questioned who or what exactly determines the fate of your favorite television shows? Well, I’m gonna tell you all about it! The fate of all your guilty pleasures is inevitably sealed by Nielson. Nielson, the world’s leading audience measurement company, was established in 1936 by Arthur C. Nielson. Nielson is responsible for tracking more than 40% of the world’s viewing behavior, from your home Television sets and computers, to your handheld PDA’s. Through their technology, Nielson is able to pinpoint and track who you are, what your watching, and when your watching it. Does anyone else find that the least bit creepy? (**Big Brother **) But anyway, the company rates the view count of television shows and other programs, through tracking Local People Meters. Judging by all of the great shows I’ve watched that have been cancelled, I don’t think these people are the best to go by. Like what happened to Flash Forward, V, Heroes, or even 90’s cult classics like My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks? These “Local People” must not be watching the right shows! Based on these Local People Meters, reality television shows sadly continue to strive, while excellently written and politically relevant shows continue to plunge. I honestly think that the Nielson’s viewing data is inaccurate, seeing as how they fail to track DVR recordings. Hardly anyone I know watches television shows at the exact time they air, people either record them and watch them later, or watch them on a program sharing site like Hulu. I don’t know about you all but I’m just tired of the good television shows being cancelled due to defective and out of date consumer tracking company’s like Nielson.
How do you guys feel about Nielson’s tracking method? Does it accurately depict the “top” shows on television?
What are some of your favorite television shows that have been cancelled?