Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mr. Nielsen votes for

So I just have one question.... Does anyone know what the TV ratings were for the mayoral debate that aired yesterday evening. Make that two questions. What were the ratings at the beginning of the broadcast, and what were the ratings by the end.

I would love to run a poll to see how many city residents are aware there is an election for mayor coming up in exactly 4 weeks. I guarantee you somebody out there was wondering why Entertainment Tonight was preempted. They were probably pretty disappointed as well. I am not absolutely sure I would blame them having watched the whole thing myself.


Blogger Infinonymous said...

I do not know the numbers, and would find them interesting, but I would wager that the television stations offer the time for prestige/morale among its news departmenters and perhaps in the spirit of public service, rather than because they expect to profit from broadcasting a mayoral debate. I would expect a station to lose money by dislocating a sitcom, gossip program or reality show.

Come to think of it, KDKA's dumping of a debate must have hurt the P-G much more than it bothered the KDCFO.

Monday, April 20, 2009 11:36:00 PM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

There's the ratings ... direct impressions ... and then there's chatter. It's an interesting question, but I wouldn't read too much into it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 6:58:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Thus the point Bram. There is no chatter on the street. None at all. At this point I would normally have some feel for how folks are voting, but I don't mostly because it just isn't a topic for most in the city as best I can tell. Sure the uber-interested know, but that is about it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 7:50:00 AM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

It's been 5 waking hours since debate one ended, and it's a month out. Maybe a little patience is in order? We'll discuss again in ten days.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 8:39:00 AM  
Blogger Chris Peak said...

I think it's notable that WTAE bumped Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight rather than actual primetime programming.

For what it's worth, I didn't hear anyone talking about the debate in the local Starbucks this morning.

But at the same time, can you fault people for not tuning in? I mean, the Pirates were playing the Marlins last night, and Florida had an 11-1 record before the Buccos took 'em down.

Besides, who wants to hear about diversity in city government when Nate McLouth is out at PNC Park putting homers in the river.

This is how incumbents stay in office.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:00:00 AM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

I'll be darned.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some reasons that nobody's terribly hyped about the mayoral election: the city's getting good press overall; voters are comfortable with Ravenstahl (despite the blogosphere's tantrums); and there is definitely post-Presidential election exhaustion.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 9:07:00 AM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

I'm sure it has nothing to do with an ill-gotten million dollar political bankroll and the ability to prevent his opponents from accumulating same.

The voters were comfortable with Tom Murphy in 2001. What's that tell you?

Friday, April 24, 2009 8:06:00 PM  
Blogger PGH autonomy said...

This is a Democratic primary election. Not the Official election of November. That may be one reason. Sadly the big push for these intrusive debates has been on the part of Patrick and Carmen. Luke is out everyday in the communities connecting with Pittsburghers. I am just a person in a neighborhood and I have seen him 5 times in the last 3 weeks. Whatever else you can say about him he is reachable by the people.

Monday, May 04, 2009 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

debates are 'intrusive'? That is a fascinating comment. Never quite heard that spin before.

You realize this post you are commenting on is from weeks ago? Does not even show up on the blogs main page any more? Curious.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 9:11:00 AM  

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