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Nielsen Audio Survey Schedule

Survey Schedule for Diary and PPM Services: 2015 - 2016

Nielsen Audio conducts radio ratings surveys using one of two methods: Paper Diaries or the Portable People Meter (PPM™).

Nielsen Audio's diary-based radio listening surveys are conducted over a 12-week period. In the larger markets, there are four 12-week surveys per year (winter, spring, summer and fall), totaling 48 weeks of radio measurement. In medium to small markets, there are two 12-week surveys per year (spring and fall), totaling 24 weeks. Markets that are part of Nielsen Audio's Small Market Initiative receive a two-book average of the most current survey and the previous survey.

Nielsen Audio's radio audience measurement system, the Portable People Meter (PPM™), has replaced Nielsen Audio’s diary-based ratings within the Top 50 radio metros. PPM™ markets have year-round measurement; there are thirteen monthly reports (including a winter holiday report), as well as weekly reporting.

Diary Market Survey Schedule 2015-2016
Survey   Dates
Winter 2015
Spring 2015
Summer 2015
Fall 2015

Winter 2016
Spring 2016
Summer 2016
Fall 2016


  January 1 - March 25
March 26 - June 17
June 18 - September 9
September 10 - December 2

December 31, 2015 – March 23, 2016
March 24 – June 15
June 16 – September 7
September 8 – November 30

PPM® Market Survey Schedule 2015-2016
Survey   Dates
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
October 2015
November 2015
December 2015
Holiday 2015

January 2016
February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
Holiday 2016

  January 1 - January 28
January 29 - February 25
February 26 - March 25
March 26 - April 22
April 23 - May 20
May 21 - June 17
June 18 - July 15
July 16 - August 12
August 13 - September 9
September 10 - October 7
October 8 - November 4
November 5 - December 2
December 3 - December 30

December 31, 2015 – January 27, 2016
January 28 -February 24
February 25 - March 23
March 24 - April 20
April 21 - May 18
May 19 - June 15
June 16 - July 13
July 14 - August 10
August 11 - September 7
September 8 - October 5
October 6 - November 2
November 3 - November 30
December 1, 2016 – January 4, 2017

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