Monthly Archives: November 2007

More TV Trivia

In keeping with the TV theme this month, here are some television personalities who have birthdays this week.

November 11 – Calista Flockhart, Philip McKeon, Jonathan Winters
November 12 – Megan Mullaly, David Schwimmer
November 13 – Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Joe Montegna, Garry Marshall, Chris Noth
November 14 – Laura San Giacomo
November 15 – Ed Asner, Kevin Eubanks, Judge Joseph Wapner, Sam Waterston
November 16 – Lisa Bonet, Marg Helgenberger
November 17 – Danny DeVito, Daisy Fuentes

(Found in the Chase’s Calender of Events, Pop Culture Ref, pop D11.5.C48 2006)

Also, we’ve got a trivia contest going on right now. There are TV trivia questions posted on the bulletin board by the elevators. If you can answer one question, you get a free BPCL pencil. If you can answer all 5 questions, you get a free BPCL mug. Come on in!

It’s November Sweeps, kids!

Sweeps hits us four times per year: February, May, July, and November. That’s when you’ll see the big guns rolled out on your favorite TV shows: riveting cliffhangers, celebrity guest stars by the dozens, and other stunts to ensure that ratings skyrocket. Why? Advertising. Viewership is used to set local advertising rates for the rest of year. Why only four times per year? When Nielsen first began collecting viewer data, they couldn’t afford to collect data all year round. If you’d like to read more about Nielsen ratings, try The Nielsen Ratings in Perspective (it’s a little dated, but is good background information). For more current information, try the Nielsen web site. Slate has a good overview of sweeps as well.

Up in the BPCL, in honor of November Sweeps, we have decked our display areas with TV trivia (guess the right answers, get something free) and other TV-related resources. Come on up and take a look!