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Primetime Across America

Now that we’re quickly approaching the new primetime television season, we thought it might be interesting to turn our typical “what shows are people watching in the local markets” analysis on its ear. Instead, how about we take a look at which markets shows are watching, so to speak. So here’s a quick look at

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NBC Affiliates Covered in Record Breaking Olympic Gold

Here it is, seventeen days after the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, and we’ve learned a few things. We learned that badminton is at least as intense off the court as it is on court, we’ve learned who Jessie J is, and we may just have learned that viewers are always going to

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Global Champions, Homegrown Heroes

US Olympic Athletes Spur Local Television Viewing Every two years, we watch with pride as our young athletes compete against the world’s best contenders for Olympic glory. Perhaps because the essence of Olympic excellence – strength, courage, hard work – so closely echoes the tenets of our national character, Americans flock naturally to the media

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50 Shades of Red, White and Blue

50 Shades of Red, White and Blue The Fourth of July is one of those automatic holidays – there are some hard-wired traditions that Americans cherish, therefore supplying some semblance of uniformity no matter where you are.  We have parades, picnics, fireworks (usually in that order).  There’s live music – in big cities, often you’ll

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My Commercial has a First Name…

Quick – sing with me the most popular commercial jingle right now.  Bet you can’t.  Not an original song for a commercial, anyway. They’ve gone the way of whole milk and landlines – one of those things that seems a bit out of place in today’s world of limited attention spans and even more limited

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Customers “Like” Spot TV Digital Content

Let’s paint a scenario for you. Imagine you wake up on January 21st of next year, and it’s snowing outside. (For this particular exercise, you do happen to live where this is not out of the question, so stay with me. By the way, you also have kids.) One of the first orders of business

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Shattering Scatter

There’s some institutional lunacy that defines the national television buying marketplace. What other buyer/seller dynamic exists where if sellers set their demands too high for a buyer’s liking, the buyers walk away, only to come back to the same sellers later in the year— and usually will be paying more? When you think about it,

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Evaluating an Audience: Measure Twice, Cut Once

It should tell you something about the state of media today that if our largest national newspaper was a TV show, it wouldn’t even last four episodes before being canceled.* So why are we about to bring up an inequity in newspaper measurement? Because one of today’s single biggest issues within the television industry has

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TV’s Digital Subchannels: Narrowcasting to Subcommunities

Recently we took a look at the audience value of local broadcast TV’s digital subchannels (D2) to advertisers.  What went unsaid at that point was the sociological value that these subchannels provide to the communities that they serve.  Oftentimes, the broadcasters are showing patience instead of profit in support of networks that are providing selective

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Hey, Ad Men! Mad Men is Bad, Man!

Mad Men is not great television. Just ask TV viewers in markets like, Denver, Miami, Phoenix, Seattle…and LA! Let’s be clear about something — this is not a value judgment over the dramatic quality of the show.   Whether or not you feel that it’s chock-full of nuanced performances and pretty set pieces, a storytelling oeuvre

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