view·​er·​ship | \ ˈvyü-ər-ˌship \

Definition of viewership

: a television audience especially with respect to size or makeup

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Netflix doesn’t release box office receipts or streaming viewership. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Oscar nods honor ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Black Panther’," 23 Jan. 2019 The average viewership metrics were not inflated by only 60-80 percent; they were inflated by some 150-900 percent. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Advertisers allege Facebook hid the fact that no one watches video ads," 17 Oct. 2018 Telemundo also has seen its viewership rise as the tournament has progressed. Stephen Battaglio,, "Ratings are down, but Telemundo and Fox are making the best of a U.S.-free World Cup," 6 July 2018 Given Famous in Love's same-day viewership — season two averaged 254,000 total viewers, down from 330,000 in its freshman run — Hulu declined and Freeform instead opted to cancel the show. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Famous in Love' Canceled After 2 Seasons on Freeform," 26 June 2018 The name was changed in 2007; a few years later, the network’s ratings analysis revealed that viewership spiked during the show’s intermittent debate segments, featuring the columnists Skip Bayless and Woody Paige. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Stephen A. Smith Won’t Stop Talking," 16 June 2018 Broadcast networks make most of their money from ads, and as broadcast viewership continues to decline, returns on that front will only continue to diminish. Laura Bradley, HWD, "What Disney and Comcast’s Battle Over Fox Means for Film and TV Fans," 14 June 2018 After Season 1 in January 2018, The Four was dubbed 'Most Social New TV Series,' which demonstrates that social channels impacted viewership. Nicole Pajer, Billboard, "Sean "Diddy" Combs' Senior Advisor Nathalie Moar Talks About Diddy's Return to 'The Four'," 7 June 2018 In seeking to remain relevant, the nearly 100-year-old organization, under a new group of women leaders, including former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, is looking to reverse declining viewership. NBC News, "Setback for women or long overdue? Former Miss Americas on end of swimsuit competition," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of viewership

1952, in the meaning defined above

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