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

Definition of viewership

: a television audience especially with respect to size or makeup

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Moving the late games up by 30 minutes in most cases and an hour in others will impact west coast fans, but the hope is the ratings effect will be a net positive after the NBA’s viewership was flat-to-down in 2018-19. Jacob Feldman,, "Expect Earlier East Coast Tip Times on the 2019-20 NBA Schedule," 12 Aug. 2019 All of these viewership numbers are from Nielsen, which counts people watching at home on TV sets in the United States. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Democratic debate on CNN drew 9.2 million viewers on first night," 31 July 2019 Now, those aren't exactly Game of Thrones finale viewership numbers, but still quite impressive for a relatively new game. Wired, "2 Million People Streamed the Fortnite World Cup Finals," 29 July 2019 Unprecedented viewership in Brazil has been matched elsewhere. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "World Cup Reporters Find Huge Audiences and Familiar Challenges," 4 July 2019 About a month into his run, Jeopardy’s same-day viewership exceeded that of every other primetime show, giving the program its best weekly ratings in over a decade. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "James Holzhauer Prompted a Fundamental Question About Jeopardy," 4 June 2019 From the beginning of the year through May 27, MTV'saverage total primetime viewership in its target 18-34 demo is up 21% from the same period a year earlier. Daniel Holloway,, "MTV launches studio, sets 'Daria,' 'Real World,' 'Aeon Flux' revivals," 21 June 2018 Iger’s Disney also could combine ESPN with the Fox regional sports networks in Detroit, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and other cities, monopolizing both regional and national sports fan viewership in TV markets with Fox regional networks and ESPN. Bob Fernandez,, "Comcast makes hostile $65B bid for Fox, seeking to oust Disney," 13 June 2018 The concluding episode of Lozada’s special brought in the highest viewership in the show’s history, and Vanzant is clearly still chasing the high., "Iyanla: Fix My Life Is Proof That Sometimes Our Aunties Get It Wrong," 3 May 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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