The ratings company Nielsen has been keeping tabs on what you say about TV while using Twitter for a while. Now, though, it plans to mine what you have to say on Facebook, too.
The Dissolve put together this neat animation that briefly looks at the history of the PG-13 rating, a rating that was invented after Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins was released. And in discussion of the rating, it reveals how backwards the MPAA can be when it comes to violence vs sex, love and…
Earlier today, the BBC released new internal ratings figures for Doctor Who's most recent season, and they show it's becoming a growing trend that less and less people are watching live. But this isn't just happening to Doctor Who, it's happening for TV all over - especially when it comes to genre TV.
Uber lets its drivers rate their passengers, and its passengers rate their drivers. These scores should be public.
Nielsen, the company that determines whether or not your beloved television shows even matter, has been perching dangerously on the verge of irrelevancy for years—but all that's about to change. After sitting idly by as internet viewership skyrocketed, Nielsen has finally decided to start taking note of the unhealthy…
Today Twitter and Nielsen teamed up for a exclusive multi-year agreement to create something called the "Nielsen Twitter TV Rating." The specifics are vague, but in short, Nielsen cares about Twitter now, and that's going to play into their ratings, somehow.
Google is moving away from the 30-point rating system it inherited from its acquisition Zagat last year because it's just too complicated. Instead, it will replace the confounding restaurant rating math with something a bit more straightforward.
You've heard of Nielsen ratings. You're pretty sure it involves a box. Heck, you even know what a "time-shift" is. But you have never, ever had the veil of ratings secrecy pulled back so completely. Or with so many puppets!
Four stars? That app must be something special! Until you remember that those ratings are just a simple average, that people, by and large, don't know what they're talking about, and then the tornado hits. [xkcd]
Did you know you can rate pages on Wikipedia now? It's new. And it's meant to get you involved, with the ultimate goal of increasing the site's accuracy, diversity and completeness. It won't work.
It happens to all of us: your new favorite show is doomed from the start, all because of bad Nielsen ratings. But why do we listen to these Nielsen people, anyway? Splitsider explains who they are, and why they're wrong.
iPhone owners have long had their frustrations with AT&T. So when over half of the AT&T respondents to a Consumer Reports wireless carrier satisfaction survey were iPhone owners, it's maybe unsurprising that they finished last. It's still disappointing, though. UPDATED:
Earlier today, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed off stickers that would give car buyers standardized info on a particular model's fuel economy and environmental impact. Gadgets should have standardized ratings, too.
Mike Arrington has a post over at TechCrunch taking Consumer Reports to task over their iPhone 4 coverage. And it's true! It feels like there's a new Consumer Reports update every day that either repeats or directly contradicts the previous day's. It's well worth a read to see it all laid out like this, especially for…
JD Power's annual ratings put Apple on top with an 811, beating the industry average of 765. What's surprising is that only Apple and LG are above the average, whereas everyone else is below.
Britain's minister for culture doesn't like the scary stuff he finds on the internet when he searches for his secret perverse fantasies, so he's hoping to work with Obama to create ratings for websites.
Tivo's been selling data about people's viewing habits—what shows and commercials they watch (or skip), when they pause, fast-forward, rewind and so on—to advertisers for around a year. Now they're adding personal info to the Chex Mix of ratings data they sell: age, income, marital status and ethnicity.
You knew it would happen: DVRs are finally breaking down the TV ratings system.