Ghost Rider wrote:
That is really dumb. To get the answers that you want you ask the people that watch the show. Of course there is no bias in a survey such as that. What is wrong with the Nielson ratings? Their survey does not just concentrate on one particular show, but all shows in general. Like TVguide.com indicates, Breaking Bad is not even listed in the Top 25 most watched shows of 2012-1013. But don't fret, there is going to be a spin-off of Breaking Bad.
Arguing that Breaking Bad is not a hugely popular and critically acclaimed television program is really, really, dumb.
I'm sorry to break this to you, but Nielson and TV Guide are not accurate indicators or a show's popularity.
They are accurate indicators of a show's popularity amongst OLD people.
I could offer you literally dozens of metrics (from Torrent downloads, to iTunes purchases, to DVD sales, etc., etc., etc.) that demonstrate that Breaking Bad is vastly more popular than NCIS.
Nielson is not just for old people. I know a couple in their 30s right here in Pensacola that are Nielson participants and they have that little "black box" installed.
Breaking Bad, according to one of the links that bluemoon posted even goes on to state that BB has rode the back of Netflix to achieve their status.
I was not aware that we were talking about downloads, DVD purchases etc etc. We are talking about TV viewership in real time. As for DVD sales, "Walking Dead" is the top DVD and blu-ray collection sold.
As of March 2012:
Top 10 Best Selling TV Shows on DVD March 2012
1. Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season
2. Downtown Abbey Unedited UK Version
3. The Big Bang Theory: The First Season
4. True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season
5. Weeds: Season Seven
6. The Walking Dead: Season One
7. Justified: The Complete Second Season
8. Scarecrow and Mrs. King: Third Season
9. Sherlock: Season One
10. Mad Men: Season Four
"Game of Thrones" has even out-sold BB.
Here is another link where BB is not even ranked: