The documentary reality TV series American Pickers and Pawn Stars are two of this summer’s hottest original shows on cable. And yet, how is that shows about collecting really expensive stuff are so popular amidst an economic recession?
Nielsen’s planned return to being publicly traded is the latest significant change for a company that has become much more than the primary source of television ratings, but rather has evolved into the primary arbiter of media audiences of virtually all types.
Today is Record Store Day, a music industry event taking place at hundreds of independent record shops internationally. But is this “holiday,” intended to bolster record retailers, really better seen as an assertion of vinyl’s renewed importance in the industry?
Popularity is also about cultural salience, about a show’s place in popular culture, and about whether it really matters to people
With the first sweeps weeks of the television season now behind us, the numbers suggest that it was a pretty lousy month. Indeed, far more shows experienced their lowest ratings of the season than did better.
Today’s pet peeve: how some pop critics and observers try to read cable news ratings as a sign of which political philosophy is in the ascendancy, or even of which outlet is trusted.