Nielsen Local TV Market Universe Loses 476,000 TV Households
Grand Rapids, Oklahoma City big gainers in market rank
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/6/2012 4:53:30 PM
"The 2012-2013 universe estimates are the first to reflect the 2010 Census results for demographic details (i.e. age, sex, and ethnicity) as well as ethnic households," said Nielsen in a statement. "Accordingly, some of the year-to-year changes reflect adjustments rather than true one year population changes."
"In addition, the latest estimates reflect a continued technological shift where increased viewing options-from over the top services to streaming devices-have driven a pattern of some change in consumer behavior," said Nielsen, which noted that it is working with clients "on the evolution of the current definition of a TV household and a TV device for their ratings services, potentially qualifying video content delivered to a TV via the Internet."
The top 38 TV markets held their position from last year's Local Television Market Universe Estimates. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Oklahoma City and Anchorage were the biggest gainers, picking up three slots in market rank, while the most significant markets to drop in rank were Birmingham and Palm Springs (-3), and a bunch that slipped two spots, including Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Albuquerque-Santa Fe and Roanoke-Lynchburg.
Notably, New Orleans gained one spot, increasing its TV universe by over 2,000 homes. It is currently No. 51, following a slide from No. 43 to 53 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Last year's new rankings featured much more leapfrogging in the large markets. Washington, D.C., hopped over Atlanta in 2011, while Seattle did the same to Phoenix. Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham and Indianapolis were also among the larger markets to move up in rank last year.
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