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NOVA; Can You Believe TV Ratings


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Can You Believe TV Ratings
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Rating the audience for television shows is a classic problem in statistical analysis. Nova finds that ratings are getting more accurate but are still far from scientific. In the search for a fool-proof system, ratings companies are developing Orwellian "people-meters" which have some concerned about intrusions on privacy.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Can You Believe TV Ratings,” 01/17/1992, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed November 13, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DA31D09C549743C188D2194BA5E94CF2.
MLA: “NOVA; Can You Believe TV Ratings.” 01/17/1992. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. November 13, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DA31D09C549743C188D2194BA5E94CF2>.
APA: NOVA; Can You Believe TV Ratings. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DA31D09C549743C188D2194BA5E94CF2
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