How Do TV Ratings Work?

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You've heard time and again that the ratings are "up" or "down" for your favorite show, or that a series has been cancelled due to bad ratings. But have you ever wondered how the whole TV ratings system actually works?

In the United States, the ratings information that is relied on the most by the major networks comes from the Nielsen Company. The company was founded in 1923 by Arthur C. Nielsen and revolved around advertising analysis and radio ratings before expanding to TV ratings analysis starting in 1950.

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