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Nielsen Audio Survey Schedule

Survey Schedule for Diary and PPM Services: 2013 - 2014

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

Nielsen Audio’s diary-based radio 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. Nielsen Audio audience estimates represent radio listening during an average week of a particular quarterly survey period. 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 2013-2014
Survey   Dates
Winter 2013
Spring 2013
Summer 2013
Fall 2013

Winter 2014
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Fall 2014


  January 3 - March 27
March 28 - June 19
June 20 - September 11
September 12 - December 4

January 2 - March 26
March 27 - June 18
June 19 - September 10
September 11 - December 3

PPM® Market Survey Schedule 2013-2014
Survey   Dates
January 2013
February 2013
March 2013
April 2013
May 2013
June 2013
July 2013
August 2013
September 2013
October 2013
November 2013
December 2013
Holiday 2013
January 2014
February 2014
March 2014
April 2014
May 2014
June 2014
July 2014
August 2014
September 2014
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
Holiday 2014

  January 3 - January 30
January 31 - February 27
February 28 - March 27
March 28 - April 24
April 25 - May 22
May 23 - June 19
June 20 - July 17
July 18 - August 14
August 15 - September 11
September 12 - October 9
October 10 - November 6
November 7 - December 4
December 5 - January 1
January 2 - January 29
January 30 - February 28
February 27 - March 26
March 27 - April 23
April 24 - May 21
May 22 - June 18
June 19 - July 16
July 17 - August 13
August 14 - September 10
September 11 - October 8
October 9 - November 5
November 6 - December 3
December 4 - December 31

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