Twitter Is A Top Influencer On TV Ratings

twitter-bird-white-on-blueIn terms of growing audience, Twitter is a top influencer for tv ratings, according to Nielsen. By taking a look at tweets about television, astudy confirmed a relationship between Twitter and TV ratings. It also identified Twitter as one of three statistically significant variables (in addition to prior-year rating and advertising spend) to align with TV ratings.

Reportedly, the recent Nielsen/SocialGuide studynoted increases in Twitter volume that correlate to increases in TV ratings for varying age groups, with a stronger correlation for younger audiences.  18-34 year olds show that an 8.5% increase in Twitter volume corresponds to a 1% increase in TV ratings for premiere episodes, and a 4.2% increase in Twitter volume corresponds with a 1% increase in ratings for midseason episodes. A 14.0% increase in Twitter volume is associated with a 1% increase in TV program ratings for 35-49 year olds, reflecting a stronger relationship between Twitter and TV for younger audiences.

The study notes that the correlation is driven by the fact that consumers are regularly using multiple devices – 80% of U.S. tablet and smartphone owners who watch TV use their device while watching at least several times a month.

While this is not a study about the effectiveness of Twitter for driving listening to radio, it’s certainly a trend that is worth taking note of, and it would make for a very interesting study as well.

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