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Nielsen Ratings Infiltration

Go forth and do my biding...
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Now, I'm going to write all this down, and if it sounds too much like a "we should all" idea, tell me.

The Nielsen Media Research Center basically pays people to watch TV, and then draws statistics from what they watch, what ethnicity they are, for how long they watch TV, and at what times. These ratings are key to many television advertising strategies. NMRC monitors the subjects' TV habits by either using a device commonly called a Nielson Box, which is attached to the subjects’ television, or by having them keep diaries of what they watch.

As I have seen, that Nielson stuff just isn't cutting it for me. "Arrested Development" is canceled, "Stacked" is still around for some goddamned reason, and I can never find time for "Keeping Up Appearances" anymore. I rarely watch TV because half of it is pure drivel or a cheap 80's movie that I never liked.

So I've decided to form an elite group of Nielson spies dedicated to keeping me happily entertained at convenient times. Members will apply on-line to score a Nielson box/diary, and then watch what I tell them to at specific times/ write down what I tell them to. I shall need no less than 500 members willing to participate, as not all of them will get in immediately.

Once the Nielson Ratings are mine, I can not only control what goes on American television, I can use this power to coax money from advertising companies. If they pay enough, I just might tell my varied minions to watch their timeslots, boosting their ratings and increasing stock holder faith in the company, in turn increasing their company stock value as more stocks are sold.

I will keep my minions loyal by paying them $7 an hour or $30 per diary in addition to the money Nielson Media Research Center gives them for their "services," and possibly by forming a cult around it all. This will be expensive at first, but the extortion money will more than make up for it in the long run.

notmarkflynn, Jan 23 2006

Nielson Media's Web Page http://www.nielsenm...portal/site/Public/
Click on "Become a Client" near the login part. [notmarkflynn, Jan 23 2006]

This is why theres nothing on TV http://www.timesonl...,,2-2009124,00.html
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       Hah. We did Nielson and you never paid for the 70s.
reensure, Jan 23 2006
  

       I fully recognize all of the words in that statement, and yet I still cannot make sense of them.
notmarkflynn, Jan 23 2006
  

       I've taken the liberty of re-writing the idea in the form of the SeaFarer's Condensed Digest:   

       "Arrggh! Yo ho ho, Jim lad! Let's be recruitin' a scurvy crew o'TV ratings participants to skew the figures in return for bribes, kickbacks and a bag o'dubloons. . . Aharrrgh!!"
zen_tom, Jan 23 2006
  

       I watch a lot of TV. Hope you're a rich man. But hey, why not. As Dubya says... where do I sign?
neuro, Jan 25 2006
  

       Do your "biding"?
Why, where do you bide?
coprocephalous, Jan 25 2006
  

       This is the age of cult tv and everyone has a voice. Whilst I enjoy programs like Family Guy (cancelled twice), Arrested Development (Cancelled), Monkey Dust (Cancelled as far as I am aware, although they may just be waiting for another season) and many other shows which are highly critically rated but dont recieve huge audiences.   

       The shows that do recieve large audiences are the big names like Lost and Desperate Housewives, which are well written, but also the mainstream seen-it-all-before stuff which everyone is ok to sit down and watch before another show or waiting for something else to come on.   

       The problem is people are making a lot of money making shows with nothing new in them because no one is trying to make a good mainstream show. Making something different is easy, and it might be really good but making something that has all the ingredients of all the bad shows but does it well is very tricky.   

       I have linked an article about a lecture one of the best comedy writers at this time gave which basically says what I just have (Only a little better)
miasere, Jan 25 2006
  

       //Lost ..., which [is] well written// I must've missed that episode.
coprocephalous, Jan 25 2006
  

       Ok, not well written but well directed and shot. I thought the idea of it was a bit bad and after one episode I wasnt interested but if I sit down to watch it I am still interested in what is happening at the end of the episode.
miasere, Jan 25 2006
  

       <spam> I am currently baking something to help with that. www.flyingcartv.com </spam>
Galbinus_Caeli, Jan 25 2006
  
      
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