/// Nielsen Exec: Don’t Expect to Be Impressed by Impact of Mobile TV Ratings
Nielsen Media Research has declared itself “open for business” in terms of tracking TV viewing on smartphones, tablets and other electronic gadgets. But don’t expect those numbers, which will be available for the first time with the new fall broadcast season, to be impressive, statistically speaking. “It will start small and build gradually,” Cheryl Idell, Nielsen’s evp of U.S. media, said at the semi-annual Television Critics Association conference kickoff in Beverly Hills. “We won’t see dramatic changes in ratings with this data added in.” That may not be the big splash the advertising community has been hoping for. Claire Browne, vp, director of media research at ad agency RPA in Los Angeles, described Nielsen as “behind the curve” and “playing catch-up” on measuring mobile viewing, a project that’s been in the works for years. “They have to do this to remain relevant,” she said. “Consumer behavior is running so far ahead of the research.” Nielsen first announced the long-gestating service last fall, promising TV networks a better cross-platform gauge of total viewers so they can set their ad rates accordingly. Advertisers are also clamoring for the data so they can strike the best media buying deals and keep up with the on-the-go consumer who’s increasingly turning to mobile devices for entertainment.