Ratings scandal in Providence?

Kevin Vahey kvahey@comcast.net
Thu Aug 7 21:47:27 EDT 2008

This could be a situation like Rosie Ruiz winning the marathon. She
cheated not to win but to impress her boss and friends back home and
she miscalulated. Could 6 diaries in Providence skew ratings that
much? Apparently.

I am reminded how back in the early 60's my Mom had a part time job
working for a TV ratings service. They would give he cards with phone
numbers to call.

One Saturday everyone she called who was watching TV had channel 4 and
wrestling. Nobody was watching the Sox on channel 5.
Feeling sorry for the Sox she wrote that they were all watching
baseball instead.

A few weeks later wrestling was cancelled.

I have never trusted ratings since.

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