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Nielsen Ratings

Scott Pelley's Muscles Make Top 10 List

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 02.10.2013 | Media

NEW YORK — Studly men flexing their muscles in sweaty shirts dominated Nielsen's Top 10 list of popular programming. And there was football, too...

Why Your Cable Bill Is About To Go Up

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 12.05.2012 | Money

Watching basic cable on your TV used to be simple. But if the FCC has its way, basic cable won’t be so basic (or free) anymore. Under a recent Fe...

Hurricane Sandy Wipes Out New York's November Nielsen Ratings

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 01.20.2013 | TV

NEW YORK — Superstorm Sandy has wiped out New York's Nielsen Co. ratings report for the month of November. The company that measures television...

How Nielsen Puts Its Research and Insights to Work to Foster Awareness, Diversity and Respect

Louis Chesney | Posted 10.20.2012 | Gay Voices
Louis Chesney

Nielsen supports many diverse local and national groups and ethnic organizations to ensure it is providing its clients with a thorough understanding of what consumers watch and buy.

Lucas Kavner

Video Or The Radio Star? Study Says Radio Still Popular As Ever | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.20.2012 | Arts

More Americans discover new music by listening to the radio, trumping all other mediums, according to a new Nielsen study on music consumption. For...

Nielsen Sued | Posted 09.29.2012 | Media

New Delhi Television Limited, India's oldest and largest news network, has lobbed a legal grenade at The Nielsen Company. In a 194-page lawsuit fil...

Who Shoved Ann 'Mama' Curry From the Train and Why?

Shelley Ross | Posted 12.05.2012 | Media
Shelley Ross

Curry tearfully told her viewers: "I'm sorry I didn't make it across the finish line." That's not true, she got to the anchor chair and here's where the mystery gets interesting. Ann Curry cannot be blamed for the current Today Show ratings problem.

Secrets of a May 'Nielsen Family'

Bob Sellers | Posted 07.29.2012 | Media
Bob Sellers

Based on my experience, keeping a Nielsel diary is a well-meaning but imperfect measuring system that suggests advertisers may be rolling the dice when they pay for ads designed to reach a particular audience.

Nielsen in the New Age

Bethany McHugh | Posted 07.22.2012 | TV
Bethany McHugh

It's astonishing that with all the technology available to us a more definitive method for measuring the popularity of TV shows hasn't been established.

Facebook Is Not Your Friend

Rory O'Connor | Posted 06.15.2012 | Technology
Rory O'Connor

Mark Zuckerberg may think that Facebook's recurrent privacy flaps haven't much affected the sometimes anti-social social network, but they represent a huge potential threat to what he has built.

For The Love of Art and Soaps

Kalup Linzy | Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts
Kalup Linzy

In 2010, I met Maria Arena Bell in New York at a going away party hosted by Suzanne Geiss for Jeffrey Deitch, before he was to head west and take up h...

'NCIS,' 'American Idol' & 'The Voice' Come Out On Top

AP | By FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 02.22.2012 | TV

NEW YORK -- Viewers gave CBS the week's most-watched show along with 21 others in the top 30 ranking. Fox was represented only by its two editions of...

Oprah Under Fire For Controversial Tweet

Posted 02.13.2012 | Media

Oprah issued a public apology on Monday for sending a controversial tweet on Sunday night. As the Grammys took many viewers over to CBS on Sunday, ...

LGBT-Inclusive Programs Hit Ratings High

Posted 12.27.2011 | Gay Voices

Fans of shows like "Glee," "Modern Family" and "The Good Wife" helped television broadcasters reach a new milestone, as a new Nielsen study revealed t...

CBS Continues Ratings Domination

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.12.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — CBS' strength in scripted material made for another non-competitive week in television ratings. Increasingly, it appears ABC, Fox an...

The Father Of T.V. Ratings Dies

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 12.05.2011 | Media

CHICAGO — Arthur C. Nielsen Jr., whose family company has been the final word on whether television shows are hot or not for more than a half-ce...

CBS Continues Ratings Supremacy

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.05.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — Two weeks into a new television season, CBS is continuing its domination. The network, which has won eight of the past nine TV seaso...

Lucas Kavner

Are We Measuring TV Ratings All Wrong? | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.16.2011 | Home

When it aired on television from 2003 to 2006, "Arrested Development" was a ratings disaster. The beloved Fox comedy's second season averaged out at a...

No News Is Good News

Douglas Forbes | Posted 10.05.2011 | Media
Douglas Forbes

Who can argue that cable TV teems with killer comedy? I mean, have you watched CNN, MSNBC or FOX News channels lately?

Nielsens: 'True Blood' Rising, 'Skies' Falling | Posted 08.29.2011 | Media

For the week of June 20, HBO's True Blood came back with a roar, tying a series high of 5.4 million viewers. Over on TNT, the second week Falling Skie...

How Good Morning America Is "Attracting Its Largest Audience in Four Years"

Shelley Ross | Posted 08.28.2011 | Media
Shelley Ross

So You Think Lady Gaga Is the Only One "Gaming the Numbers?" This week, ABC News sent out an exciting press release on the growing success of GMA, c...

How Many Viewers Watched Obama's Announcement About Bin Laden?

AP | Posted 07.03.2011 | Media

NEW YORK -- Despite the late hour in the East, President Obama's speech on Sunday announcing the death of Osama bin Laden had an audience of 56.5 mill...

Joel McHale Gets A 'Community' Ratings Evaluation From Dan Harmon (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Although it was recently picked up for two additional episodes this season, NBC's "Community" might not receive the highest ratings. But star Joel McH...

Rupert Murdoch Defends Glenn Beck After Question About Boycott

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Rupert Murdoch called Glenn Beck a "terrific kickoff" for Fox News programs and denied that the network was "subsidizing" Beck's show due to decisions...

'Grey's Anatomy' Got Big DVR Boost This Season

The Wrap | John Consoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was the broadcast primetime show helped the most this TV season by a full week of DVR viewing of its original episodes. The sho...