If you’ve been following the television ratings this season, you may have noticed that almost all of the ABC shows have been adjusted upward — from the fast affiliate numbers (which are released in the morning) to the final nationals (which are released in the afternoon). No other network was seeing the same number of upward adjustments. It’s been very strange to watch but now, we may have a reason.
Nielsen Research, the company that puts together the TV show viewing data, says that they’ve found a system glitch that has been affecting the ratings for a small number of primetime network shows (not cable) since last March. The glitch wasn’t noticed until now because of viewing in the summer months can often be quite low.
Nielsen says they’ll go back and recalculate all of the primetime network ratings since the start of the 2014-15 season. They plan to release those numbers by late next week. The individual ratings pages on this site will be updated with the new data as it becomes available. It seems likely that ABC shows will see the most adjustments.
Though Nielsen didn’t address the long run of ABC upward adjustments, today’s final ratings didn’t change the ABC fast affiliate numbers at all — a first for this season.
Here’s their press release:
NIELSEN STATEMENT REGARDING NETWORK RATINGS ATTRIBUTION
In response to recent ratings irregularities, Nielsen conducted an extensive internal investigation of our systems and processes. On Oct. 6, 2014, we uncovered a technical error that impacts national network television ratings over several months.
The technical error was introduced on March 2, 2014, and was generally imperceptible until we saw high viewing levels associated with fall season premiere week. As a result, small amounts of viewing for some national broadcast networks and syndicators were misattributed. Cable networks and local TV ratings were not affected by this error.
A software fix to correct the problem was deployed on Oct. 9, 2014, meaning that all data being released today and going forward is correct.
– All of the commercial data—including C3—for the current TV season, which will begin releasing this weekend, will be correct.
– All previously released data since September 22nd will be reprocessed and reissued by Oct. 17, 2014.
– We will also reprocess all of the impacted data going back to Aug. 18, 2014, when the first new season broadcast network program aired. This data will be reissued by Oct. 31, 2014.
– Nielsen is also conducting an impact analysis to determine whether additional weeks should be reprocessed. We will work closely with our clients and the industry to provide updates as soon as possible.
– This issue has to do with difficult-to-attribute content called “all other tuning with code” (AOT with code). This data represents between 0.1% and 0.25% of all viewing minutes that we credit nationally. In the vast majority of cases, the impact is small; in a handful of cases, the impact is more significant.
As part of our investigation, we have also determined that there are no issues with the National People Meter, our data collection process, our panel, our TV audience measurement methodology or the total TV viewership data produced during this affected period.
We are working closely with our clients to manage this situation and will continue to be transparent with the industry and the media about our plans. In addition, we will undertake an exhaustive post-mortem—internally and with our clients—and we are asking Ernst & Young and the MRC to join us in these efforts.
Nielsen is committed to upholding the highest standards of television audience measurement and data processing, in order to provide the most effective audience measurement solutions to meet client needs.
What do you think? Which shows do you think have benefited from this glitch? The ABC shows? Others as well?
STALKER IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES! WHERE DO THEY GET THE RATINGS FROM ANYWAY (THE HOMELESS SHELTER)!!! I AM ’70 YOA AND HAVE NEVER BEEN CALLED AND ASKED WHAT SHOWS I WATCH! WHAT A BUNCH OF BULL!!!!!
I totally agree! How can they call people now with all the cell phones in use. No one has house phones. CBS got this one wrong. Everyone I talk to has never even heard of the show. All new series should get 2 seasons before being axed. I hope another network will pick this show up. Does CBS even read the comments we make?
I wish Stalker could go at least one more season. I feel that the rating system is not accurate. Maybe it should be called CSI STALKER! Because another CSI replaced it and can’t even hold a candle to Stalker. And now the last three episodes are opposite Dancing With The Stars. Not even giving it a fair chance. I believe Stalker could be a hit show.
.shows..lets.not watch..CBS for two
I am very very upset about Stalker not coming back. I know a bunch of people who love it. I don’t know how you check it, but I do believe it’s not failsafe. There are some glitches, I’m sure. Is there anything we can do to keep it on. I really think you have a hit and need to try awhile longer. Would a huge petition help? Please try something.
I love stalker you keep taking off all the good shows
Please don’t cancel TAXI BROOKLYN, GANG RELATED, PARENTHOOD or RECKLESS! Cancel some of that idiotic slop… like those so called comedies that never were funny in the first place…
vp44—-I got to be a “Nielsen family” for the first time in my life this summer. I’m in my early 40s and had never known anyone who was one. You can’t just “leave it on.” They send you a diary which you must fill out by hand and separately record your live and DVR viewing. It’s actually a fair bit of work but I was excited to get to “vote” for my favorite shows for a change. Nowadays the only thing you can “leave on” that would record viewing data is a DVR connected TV. And that data is aggregated.… Read more »
So with this news, could it be possible that Taxi Brooklyn would be coming back?? Im subscribed to the emails also and I recieve bucoo comments but nothing telling me if the show will have more seasons! Any info woulf be greatly appreciated! We miss our show!!!
so did they cancel seeds the tv show……..
Could this have any affect on gang related being canceled? This is one of the best shows. I receive an email every time someone posts about the show from this website. I can not tell you how many I have received in favor of this show. Please check numbers and maybe another network will pick it back up.
A woman previously commented that one of her neighbors were a Nielson family, that just turned it on and did not even watch the shows, and that is probably whta the majority of them do, so we lose good shows because of these idiots !!!