A new FMCG category: Cable TV
India’s television audience measurement currency, TAM Ratings in popular parlance, took an extended holiday through the last calendar quarter of 2012. The break, occasioned by the mandatory analog sunset in the four top metropolitan markets, was designed to ensure that short-term volatilities in viewership behaviour expected to arise on account of change in the domestic set-up did not trigger precipitate actions in media buying. That period has now passed and the ratings are back to business as usual.
What appears to have taken a lot of people by surprise is this: There doesn’t seem to be a lot of difference in the absolute and relative pictures, before and after the digital shift. Users are perplexed. Shouldn’t such a dramatic shift cause a disruptive change in viewing behaviour? Or is somebody hiding something?
We will look at two distinct areas to find answers to these two questions.
Firstly, let’s look at the statistics underlying the television ratings process. Television audience measurement starts with the ‘Establishment Survey’. This survey, administered to a random sample of the population that the ratings are meant to measure, produces a cross sectional snapshot of television consumption behaviour. It asks questions such as: How
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