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.....It has been brought to my attention that my site may be somewhat confusing, either in content or design. To remedy this problem, I've put together a little How-To/FAQ page on my site and the Nielsen system in general. If you need assistance, read on!
- What are the different sections on this site?
There are several primary sections, but the site basically boils down to charts and individual episode analysis for DS9 and Voyager, charts only for TNG, and reports for DS9 and Voyager. The report is a monthly breakdown of each show's performance, concentrating more on the big picture.
- How do I get around easily?
Every page has a three-line bar of links that jump around to the main areas of the site. Typically, the bar is at the very bottom of each page.
--"DS9 Archives" links to to the DS9 charts and guidepages.
--"DS9 Reports" links to the DS9 report archives
--"TNG Archives" links to the TNG charts.
--"Voyager Charts" jumps to Voyager charts
--"Voyager Reports" jumps to the Voyager reports
--"Whats New" links to the page listing whatever was recently updated
--"Main Page" links to the main index
--"Jumpstation" links to a page that has a link to every section on the site, even the small and obscure ones
--"Most recent Voyager episode rating" jumps to the most recently reported in-season Voyager episode rating
--"Most recent DS9 episode rating" jumps to the most recently reported in-season DS9 episode rating
- How do I find out how each episode did in simple English?
At the bottom of each guidepage, I write a paragraph or two explaining the episode's general performance and why it performed this way. If you're still confused, Email me at TrekRating@aol.com, I'll be glad to help.
- How do I find out what's been updated?
Go to Whats New. It'll tell you all you need. If I don't provide a link in the description of what's been updated, use the linkbar to jump to where you want to go.
- What's the difference between Rank, Share, Rating, and Demographics
--"Rank" in both Voyager and DS9 is the simple rank of where the show placed for a one-week period based upon rating. It isn't a great gauge of how an episode did because rank fluctuates with the number of shows and specials aired.
--"Share" is only calculated for Voyager. It represents the percentage of televisions that are ON during a time period that are tuned into a show. So if 100 TVs are on and 7 are watching Voyager, Voyager's share is 7.
--"Rating" is the percentage of all American televisions tuned into a given show. One rating point now approximates about 1,000,000 households. Note: This is households, not actual people watching a show. Rating is the most commonly seen number and the numbers I use on this site primarily.
--"Demographics" are breakdowns of who is watching a show. Unlike ratings, each demographics point represents a certain number of people in a given range. The three most commonly used are Adults 18-49, Men 18-49, and Women 18-49.
- How accurate are Nielsen ratings?
In two words: Not very. Nielsen ratings are produced by a private company based on a relatively small sample. However, it is the generally accepted way of determining a show's popularity, and shows live and die by how Nielsen's system ranks them because advertisers base their advertising on Nielsens. So, I track Nielsens not because I believe in them, but because they determine much of the future of Trek, specifically, and television in general.
I hope this helps! Again, email me if you have any further questions!