|30th Anniversary this fall. They brought in the ratings and cheesecake back then!|
Some may argue that the meter and print survey method of gathering Nielsens is getting dated. PBS can seem exempt from ratings even though Downton Abbey (from commercial ITV in the UK) will bring them in anyway. There must be technology now that can tell if people are tuning in even with their DVRs or devices. Some shows are fish in a barrel while others they're not biting and lead to the axe. If almost no one's watching anymore then it's better to cut their losses though some people will always complain. Otherwise, if it pays, it stays.