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Nielsen Audio Survey Schedule

Survey Schedule for Diary and PPM Services: 2017 - 2018

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 2017-2018
Survey   Dates
Winter 2017
Spring 2017
Summer 2017
Fall 2017

Winter 2018
Spring 2018
Summer 2018
Fall 2018


  January 5 – March 29
March 30 - June 21
June 22 - September 13
September 14 - December 6

January 4 – March 28
March 29 - June 20
June 21 - September 12
September 13 - December 5

PPM® Market Survey Schedule 2017-2018
Survey   Dates
January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
July 2017
August 2017
September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
December 2017
Holiday 2017

January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018
Holiday 2018

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

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

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