Television Audiences Across the World

Deconstructing the Ratings Machine

  • Jérôme Bourdon
  • Cécile Méadel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Deconstructing the Ratings Machine: An Introduction

    1. Jérôme Bourdon, Cécile Méadel
      Pages 1-30
  3. Inventing Measurement

  4. Appropriating Audience Figures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Esther Hamburger, Heloisa Buarque de Almeida, Tirza Aidar
      Pages 132-152
    3. Sergey Davydov, Elena Johansson
      Pages 179-195
  5. Confronting Changes

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 264-274

About this book


This book is the first to deal with the world composition of television ratings. It focuses on the peoplemeter, a 25 year old technology which succeeds in homogenizing very different populations and television practices. It provides a fascinating account of the production of figures on which the whole world of popular culture depends.


culture politics technology television

Editors and affiliations

  • Jérôme Bourdon
    • 1
  • Cécile Méadel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of CommunicationTel Aviv UniversityIsrael
  2. 2.Mines ParisTech and ResearcherCenter for the Sociology of Innovation (CSI)France

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