Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I got a phone call about a month ago asking if I would be willing to take part in the Nielsen television ratings. I figured, what else am I doing? Besides, this was a way to let my voice be heard and help keep my favorite programs on the air.
When I finally got the TV diary, all my favorite programs had finished their season, so I was done watching them.
The first thing I had to do was list all the channels we receive in our home. Had I known about this, I wouldn't have volunteered in the first place. We have Direct TV. I can't tell you how tired I got of writing down channels I didn't know we even had, and had never heard of. Oh, and I did not even write down all the stupid music channels I never listen to.
If they want to make my choices null and void for this decision, so be it.
If we watched something on the DVR, we had to enter when it originally aired AND when we watched it. Pain in the neck indeed.
I will tell you that Judge Judy got a wonderful rating from us, because I lied and said I watched her for an hour each day, and if I watched it on DVR, I didn't say so because it was too much trouble. So now you know just how accurate those ratings really are.
So if you get a phone call asking you to participate in the Nielsen survey, you know what you are up against.
My advice? DON'T DO IT!
Here's their stupid website.
Oh, on a positive note? With my TV diary, I received a crisp, new one-dollar bill.
I almost felt insulted.