viewership

noun
view·​er·​ship | \ ˈvyü-ər-ˌship How to pronounce viewership (audio) \

Definition of viewership

: a television audience especially with respect to size or makeup

Examples of viewership in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The previous record for viewership was set by the Thorns in 2014 with 190,000 viewers. oregonlive, "With dinnertime singing and 1,000-piece puzzles, the Portland Thorns are settling into the bubble before facing the Chicago Red Stars," 1 July 2020 The combined four-network viewership was down 24% in the first week of the summer season, 27.8% in the second, 33% in the third and 16.1% in the fourth. Los Angeles Times, "Hannity, Carlson and Trump a winning trio for Fox News Channel," 30 June 2020 The lockdown, and the possibility of theatres closing down soon after opening up (or attracting scant audiences), are only accelerating a process that has been under way for years: the shifting of viewership to streaming. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Do Movies Still Need Multiplexes?," 24 June 2020 Instead, the Trump team has focused on touting virtual viewership, claiming nearly 20 millions Americans tuned into the rally. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Biden outmaneuvers Trump campaign with Obama fundraiser numbers," 23 June 2020 Mixer was the weakest link in this strategy, which despite providing a high quality experience, became a running joke of the streaming industry thanks to its low viewership numbers. Washington Post, "Microsoft shuts down streaming service Mixer to team up with Facebook," 22 June 2020 When gaming entertainment content leaves Twitch—from streamers’ livestreams to entire esports leagues—viewership tends to plummet. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Microsoft Gives Up on Mixer," 22 June 2020 The White House similarly fell back on claims about online viewership in January 2017 when faced with questions about the low crowd numbers for Trump’s inauguration. Taylor Telford, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump campaign, Democrats joust over Tulsa rally turnout," 21 June 2020 The White House similarly fell back on claims about online viewership in January 2017 when faced with questions about the low crowd numbers for Trump's inauguration. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump campaign, Democrats joust over Tulsa rally turnout," 21 June 2020

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First Known Use of viewership

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Viewership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/viewership. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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