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    tvfa

    [1]Sep 23, 2008
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    Ratings measure the percentage of the nation's 100.8 million TV homes tuned to a show.
    One ratings point representing 1,008,000 households.
    Rank/Show Network/Rating
    1 Friends NBC 20.3
    2 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 18.2

    What does the 20.3 mean?

    How much does this actually mean in total viewers?

    In simple numbers

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    taper6

    [2]Sep 23, 2008
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    tvfa wrote:

    Ratings measure the percentage of the nation's 100.8 million TV homes tuned to a show.
    One ratings point representing 1,008,000 households.
    Rank/Show Network/Rating
    1 Friends NBC 20.3
    2 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 18.2

    What does the 20.3 mean?

    How much does this actually mean in total viewers?

    In simple numbers

    I'd guess it means 20.3 x 1,008,000. But that's really statistics. They only SAMPLE a small portion of that 100 million. They even sampled me, by sending me a little week-long diary. I don't think they liked what they learned though, as I haven't heard anything more from them. Us vcr watchers aren't very popular with the tv industry.

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    [3]Sep 23, 2008
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    If the number was 100 that would mean *every* house that has a TV was watching that show. If the number was 50 that means half of the houses were watching that show. In other words, it's the percentage of homes with TVs that were watching the show.
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    tvfa

    [4]Sep 23, 2008
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    EJamison wrote:
    If the number was 100 that would mean *every* house that has a TV was watching that show. If the number was 50 that means half of the houses were watching that show. In other words, it's the percentage of homes with TVs that were watching the show.
    How do youconvert the percentage into the total amount of viewers?
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    EJamison

    [5]Sep 23, 2008
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    tvfa wrote:
    EJamison wrote:
    If the number was 100 that would mean *every* house that has a TV was watching that show. If the number was 50 that means half of the houses were watching that show. In other words, it's the percentage of homes with TVs that were watching the show.
    How do youconvert the percentage into the total amount of viewers?
    That's a 5th grade question and Taper already gave you the calculation. However, it's a coincidence that you can come close by simply multiplying by 1 million.
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    jekyll

    [6]Sep 24, 2008
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    Essentially, that 20.3 converts to 20,462,400 viewers.
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