Today’s consumers are watching more TV than ever, which makes understanding what and how they’re watching an essential part of any marketing campaign. With our expansive and representative television panels, Nielsen tracks viewing behavior down to the second, revealing detailed programming and commercial engagement. And because viewers now have multiple screens to choose from, we integrate audience measurement across TVs, PCs and mobile phones to help clients create precise cross-platform plans.
The Nielsen Ratings are coupled with detailed analysis of consumer viewing behavior and demographic information. Which members of a household are watching which shows? And which programs do they all watch together? Which family characteristics, such as pet ownership, income and education correlate with viewing choices? This depth of knowledge allows clients to refine their campaigns based on demographics, day-part and audience composition.
Electronic metering technology is at the heart of the Nielsen ratings process. Our tools capture not only what channel is being watched, but also who is watching and when, including “time-shifted” viewing.
Nielsen’s TV families represent a cross-section of representative homes throughout the U.S. Their viewing is measured by our TV meters and Local People Meters which capture information on what’s being viewed and when and, in the major U.S. markets, specifically who and how many are watching. Additionally, we collect more than two million paper diaries from across the country each year during “sweeps.”
Using data from set top boxes, Nielsen delivers a constant, real-time stream of information, revealing tuning behavior during programs and commercials. We can tell clients which commercials are being watched and which have the strongest engagement and impact. We even analyze which position in the program or commercial block is most effective for a specific brand.
Nielsen invented TV audience measurement and analytics. When our founder Arthur C. Nielsen, invested in very first television-metering device in 1936, there were only a few hundred sets in the world. Today, Nielsen continues to invest in technology, methodology and panel recruitment to ensure we remain the unquestioned leader in the field. We measure more than 40% of the world’s viewing behavior – hundreds of channels, thousands of programs, millions of viewers. Our measurement covers not only conventional TV sets, but also the growing viewership on computers and mobile devices.