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Nielsen Measures 7%-9% Ratings Lift From Out-of-Home TV Test in Chicago

2 minute read | November 2014

Local Market Trial Combined Nielsen Local People Meter Ratings with Portable People Meter Data to Measure TV Audiences Away from Home

New York – Nov. 6, 2014 – Nielsen today unveiled the results of a new TV measurement test in Chicago that captured out-of-home viewing data using the Portable People Meter (PPM) panel over a three-month period beginning in April of this year. The test revealed, over the total day 5 a.m. to 5 a.m., that out-of-home viewing added a 7% to 9% ratings lift for audiences aged 25 to 54.

The lift for many specific dayparts and programs was even higher; daytime saw the largest increases of any daypart, while primetime ratings were also significantly larger with the inclusion of out-of-home viewing. By genre, sports programming saw the largest lift – in April sports ratings increased 14% after including out-of-home viewing – but the test also revealed increases for other types of programming, including news.

This groundbreaking test allows local broadcasters and media buyers and sellers to now quantify the ratings lift generated by viewers tuning in while away from home. The Chicago test measurement combined data from the existing Nielsen Local People Meter (LPM) panel with audience data captured away-from-home with the PPM panel, and measured audiences aged 25 to 54 among men, women and both English and Spanish speaking Hispanics.

“Understanding how consumers view television away from home is critical to our clients and measuring out-of-home expands the viewing pie, as this test demonstrated,” said Matt O’Grady, EVP Managing Director, Nielsen. “At Nielsen our priority is to measure audiences wherever they are viewing, both inside and outside the home, over-the-air, over-the-top and on mobile devices.”


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