Nielsen began to include more than 60 million Americans in its national ratings in September 2020, but apparently none of them.
The provider says it has undercounted some out of home viewers for that entire time. The company, which has originated from networks and ad buyers over the possibility of undercounting viewers in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, says a software issue is to blame.
As part of a routine inspection and quality control, we found an error that caused an understatement of reported out-of-home audiences for our national television service, a statement said. While there is no impact to most telecasts, and no impact on local TV, we found some variation in the timing of events with larger out-of-home audiences, such as live sports events. The error was corrected and Nielsen will be reissuing data from September 2020 so it would provide the industry with the most complete data.
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Because of the misunderstanding, the firm is under pressure, so its ratings will continue to get adjusted in time for the streaming era. According to the report released in September, the media advisory board for national TV won't be able to track down the quality of its national panel; it also showed that the media's response is being misled.
The suspension didn't have much practical effect the same clients continue to use Nielsens ratings yet it seemed to open the door for a newer and better audience measurement model.
The video advertising organization, a group that made up a vocal voice among the most cited critics of Nielsen, said in September that it would look at measurement innovations. He also requested a proposal for new ratings systems.
Today the announcement of more systemic errors that have further undercounted TV ratings for the last 16 months is unfathomable, for both Nielsen and buyers and sellers that use Nielsen data to trade currency, said a video advertising group. While the VAB and the Measurement Innovation Task Force have been looking for the best for the digital user, the timing of that latest omission of OOH viewership not being counted across the growing broadband only home universe coincides with our recent discovery of significant defects in Nielsens