e230. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ratings But Were Afraid to Ask

Episode artwork for Ratings featuring shows that we talk about throughout the episode

If you’re a fan of American television, you’ve no doubt heard of “Nielsen ratings” or just “the Ratings” as they’re often called. They’re the lifeblood by which TV shows live and die. The previous president of the United States was obsessed with them (and continues to be to this day). Perhaps you’ve gotten mad that your favorite TV show was canceled for low ratings, or you’ve been excited to learn that it got higher ratings than you expected. But, for all of their importance have you ever considered how ratings actually work? What do they mean? Why do they exist? On today’s show, we delve into that. Mav is joined by returning guest, and former Nielsen household family member Marcel Walker as well as former Nielsen analyst and vice president Ronjan Sikdar to talk about the concept of ratings and how they work. Listen and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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