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How do they know the popularity of TV shows

I've always wondered how the viewership of TV programs are determined. For example how do they know "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" is not popular. I mean do the TV stations have a way to know if someone tunes in to the program?

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wanita61

Asked by wanita61 at 3:26 AM on Jan. 22, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • Maybe they randomly call people and ask what thye are watching.
    MalhotraFamily

    Answer by MalhotraFamily at 4:13 AM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • The signals. They can tell when more people watch a channel at a certain time. That is how they know what shows are popular.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:14 AM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • That's kinda creepy.
    MalhotraFamily

    Answer by MalhotraFamily at 4:23 AM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • Y but it how thigns are done. Kinda how they know what sites you go to most.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:27 AM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • Ya*** not Y
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:27 AM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • Gallup polls and focus groups.
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 8:18 AM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • Look up Neilsen on Neilsons. I know a former Neilsen family.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:28 AM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • The younger viewers were tuning in,but they were losing the older folks.Technically this was ok because the younger ones are the ones to buy the advertised items in the commercials,and this is what pays for the shows.I think Jay is gonna flop.He's not that funny.
    TMJ121099

    Answer by TMJ121099 at 10:41 AM on Jan. 22, 2010

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