view·er·ship | \ ˈvyü-ər-ˌship \

Definition of viewership 

: a television audience especially with respect to size or makeup

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Drag Race’s move from Logo to a primetime spot on VH1 meant that the show gained a much larger viewership and fanbase over its past two seasons. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Leslie Jones' 14 Best Fangirl Tweets About 'RuPaul's Drag Race'," 11 July 2018 If the spinoff gets anything close to the viewership of Roseanne, ABC should be happy. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What Does ABC Want From The Conners?," 27 June 2018 With the United States soccer team failing to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1986, Fox cannot count on comparable viewership. Alec Romero, sacbee, "World Cup viewership sees a sharp decline. But Team USA's absence isn't the only reason," 23 June 2018 Through the first round of games in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, TV viewership from the U.S. has dropped about 44% compared with the last tournament in 2014, according to data from Nielsen. Bloomberg, Fortune, "World Cup Ratings Are a Complete Nightmare for Fox and Comcast," 22 June 2018 Kevin boasted higher viewership than Man both in total viewers and among the younger viewers advertisers most care about, though only narrowly so. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Last Man Standing were saved from cancellation for the same reason," 15 May 2018 Some speculated Steele is playing to MSNBC’s liberal viewership. John Fritze,, "Maryland's Michael Steele, once the national Republican Party leader, searches for his place in Trump's GOP," 8 Apr. 2018 Facebook did not release it’s average viewership during the broadcast, which peaked at 85,000 unique viewers per the online screen counter. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Facebook Watch, MLB hope to build off Phillies-Mets broadcast," 5 Apr. 2018 The 2014 World Cup drew record viewership numbers in America with the USA's group stage match against Portugal drawing a remarkable 24.7 million viewers on ESPN and Univision. Jamie Goldberg,, "As World Cup takes center stage, US Soccer must put failure aside and find a path forward," 11 June 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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