Unit 1 - Accessible Statistics - MAIN POST
Kenyana R Fletcher
American InterContinental University
This week is the study of the process methods of how we collect data
The process that is used to collect data on what television shows are most watched is done by a company called Nielsen. They take the rankings of shows such as series and networks to see where shows, sports all rank for the week ending March 24th to see who out ranked the other. Every week WWE RAW always out beat all Monday airings worldwide because people love to watch wrestling.
The Pros- The way Nielsen collects data its more of a controlled type of data because they hand out devices to certain households and they have to watch certain shows they might not otherwise watch. It's a good way to show people there is more to watch on TV then just the same old series when newer ones offer so much viewing today's' audiences.
The Cons- Is its unfair to rate only what they want to rate and it seems to be a bit biased on how American and worldwide people view programming. Its like being on spied on what I watch and when. Though I watch WWE RAW or Smackdown weekly they can't control or collect data on what I watch unless they are somehow collecting it directly from television networks what channels are being tuned into the most. American Idol uses the call or text votes to reveal how many possible viewers they had. But that a default system because way more people actually watch the show that don't call or text or vote online. They just want to see who will win so some data collection is false since it can't get true results
Voting by call in or texting votes, As in the cons this method is hardly accurate since some viewers may elect not to do anything except simply watch all these programs merely to review the outcome. Shows like The Voice, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance or the X Factor and America's Got Talent, all have a common practice the contestants require our votes to avoid the process of elimination . If enough votes from the viewers save them they go onto to be finalist the top ten always goes on tour.
The data they collect can be errors and maybe the votes were not properly counted so the wrong people wind up being booted this week. Shows that the Nielsen was collecting feedback networks can pull shows based on lack of viewers. Again that is wrong because those people without those boxes to rate the shows do watch them so the data sent to the networks are false and some new shows get pulled when they were actively being watched.
I don't think the Nielsen is the only way networks find out how successful a program is because they know this type of data would hurt their industry. Shows being watched have to be retrieved so other way such as how does the WWE know who watches their programs or how is it possible every week they get more views than all cable channels combined? That's what leads me to believe that there has to be a way networks control some form of data collecting of their own.
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