view·​er·​ship | \ˈvyü-ər-ˌship \

Definition of viewership 

: a television audience especially with respect to size or makeup

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But that roughly tracks with an overall decline in TV viewership and experts say that the protests were not the primary reason the ratings declined. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence," 10 July 2018 Comcast said the push resulted in viewership for the Olympics that summer increasing 27% in Comcast homes equipped with the special features compared with homes that lacked that access. Ryan Faughnder,, "How AT&T could use Time Warner shows and movies to compete with Disney and Netflix," 3 July 2018 Jeanine Pirro, whose weekend show has ballooned in viewership since Mr. Trump took office, interviewed to be a deputy attorney general. New York Times, "Fox News Once Gave Trump a Perch. Now It’s His Bullhorn.," 1 July 2018 He is expected to provide a new perspective on on-track activity and could juice NBC’s viewership numbers considerably. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Dale Earnhardt Jr. ready to kick NASCAR on NBC coverage into new gear," 28 June 2018 But due to the decline in viewership, the streaming service declined and Freeform decided to cancel the show altogether. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Bella Thorne Found Out About 'Famous in Love' Cancellation on Twitter: 'I Woulda Liked a Phone Call Maybe'," 26 June 2018 While Snapchat doesn’t share viewership numbers for 3D Bitmoji, a spokeswoman for the company told me that 70 percent of its daily users are using their Bitmoji avatar on the app. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, "At Snapchat, Redrawing the Bounds of Reality," 14 June 2018 Mass viewing – whether at Lincoln Financial Field or a movie theater – would allegedly screw up the Nielsen-ratings system used to determine game viewership. Ronnie Polaneczky,, "Eagles Super Bowl watch party at the Linc? If they win, Philly fans deserve it | Ronnie Polaneczky," 18 Jan. 2018 Esports has long struggled to to reconcile its grassroots base with the allure of stadiums and broadcast finals, and sometimes the scrying light of greater viewership illuminates things that had been left in the shadows. Eric Van Allen, WIRED, "Live on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?," 11 July 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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