Ratings

  1. Business Matters: The Good and Bad of Nielsen's Acquisition of Arbitron

    December 18, 2012 9:30 PM EST Nielsen, the company best known in the music industry for tracking music sales, will soon measure just about every bit of major media Americans consume. Announced Tuesday morning, the $1.26 billion acquisition of Arbitron combines the leader in U. ...

  2. Nielsen to Acquire Arbitron for $1.26 Billion

    December 18, 2012 8:45 AM EST Nielsen Holdings announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement to acquire Arbitron Inc., the media measurement company best known for its radio station ratings. Nielsen provides information on everything from music sales to consumer confidence in c ...

  3. Arbitron Moves Up Cell-Phone-Only Measurement Increase

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Arbitron has moved up its scheduled date for increasing its cell-phone-only household samples in markets that still use diaries to measure ratings. By spring 2010, Arbitron says 15% of its diary sample will come from households that use a cell pho ...

  4. Congressional Committee To Hold Hearing On PPM

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Arbitron will defend its controversial Portable People Meter ratings measurement service at a congressional hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), will "examin ...

  5. The Arch Ends CBS Radio's Dominance In St. Louis

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With a little help from the portable people meter, WARH-FM, Bonneville's Classic Hits station in St. Louis has ended the 40-year ratings dominance by KMOX-AM, the heritage News/Talk station owned by CBS Radio. WARH, known as "The Arch,&q ...

  6. Radio Embraces 'Posting' System

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Posting, a practice formerly shunned by the radio industry is finally taking hold. A year after Radio One instituted a scheduling and verification system in Houston, the radio group has decided to roll out posting to the rest of its 52 stations in ...

  7. Univision Refuses to Encode Signals in New PPM Areas

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT What will happen to the Miami radio market when as much as 20 percent of the audience simply disappears from the ratings? That’s the scenario advertisers face July 16 when Arbitron publishes its first portable people meter ratings in Miami, San Di ...

  8. Urban, Hispanic Radio Adapt To PPM

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Radio One regional VP Doug Abernathy watched in horror as his once top-rated Houston stations plummeted after the market converted from diary to PPM currency measurement in June 2007. "After 20 years of dominance, it was a hard pill for us to ...

  9. Arbitron Touts Spanish-Language Radio Ratings Under PPM

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In the latest volley between Arbitron and minority broadcasters over the ratings company's Personal People Meter commercialization — which was moved up two days — Arbitron has released ratings figures that tout the performance of Spanish-lang ...

  10. Panel Debates PPM Effectiveness

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT What's a better measurement of radio listenership: numbers that show all levels of exposure to a radio station, or numbers that show how many people are actually paying attention to what they're hearing? That question was debated between ...

  11. Study: Web Radio Listening Up 50%

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Critical mass approaching among 18-34 year-olds. The percentage of Americans that regularly listens to Internet radio rose sharply this year to 12% (approximately 30 million listeners) up from 8% last year, according to a new study by Edison Media ...

  12. Arbitron Pledges To Fast-Track PPM

    June 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ratings service by April 2006 a possibility. Pressured by Clear Channel's request for proposals for an alternative ratings system to Arbitron's current diary-based service, Arbitron said Monday it would offer a proposal next month that c ...