October 13, 2011

The Sked: TV Ratings Terms Demystified

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Ever wondered how the fast national ratings are calculated?  Or how DVR recording is counted in the ratings you see each day?  Do you know the difference between a PUT and a NAD?  Check out the updated ShowBuzz Basics page for a refresher in TV ratings terms and concepts.  It’s painless — there won’t be a quiz, we promise. 

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."