Artcles Posted in 2014


TOMAmeter January 20 – January 26: The NFL Makes It In The Top 3

With Super Bowl week upon us, mentions of the NFL have propelled it up 4 places to #3 in our rankings behind none other than CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and AMC’s The Walking Dead. CBS’ How I Met Your Mother continues to climb up the charts, moving up 4 spots this week to become…

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Bah Humbug and Back to the Man Cave?

It’s remarkable to see how much has changed since man first walked this planet. If there were such a thing as holidays back in caveman days, you can bet your “boo-pee” Captain Cave Man couldn’t wait to put the stress of holidays behind him, and go out to rock his first water buffalo into oblivion…

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TOMAmeter January 13 – 19: Heated Race for the #1 Spot

CBS’ The Big Bang Theory came oh so close to beating out AMC’s The Walking Dead, but the zombie drama survives at the top for another week. FOX’s American Idol kicked off another season this past week and its premiere propelled the singing sensation into the Top 5 after spending last week at #10. Another…

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TOMAmeter January 6 – January 12: Game of Thrones Cracks the Top 5

With the release of the season 4 trailer, HBO’s Game of Thrones moves up 1 place to #5 this week, replacing AMC’s Breaking Bad which moved down to #6. After multiple weeks in the Top 3, A&E’s Duck Dynasty has fallen from #2 to #4 while CBS’ Big Bang Theory and NCIS move up to…

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Observations on Healthcare Exchange Enrollment

The biggest question that has surrounded the launch of the Affordable Care Act healthcare exchanges is whether they could attract enough “young invincibles” to make the enterprise financially sustainable. Or, would “adverse selection”  saddle the system with older, sicker customers whose healthcare costs would eventually drive the exchanges out of business? The Obama administration’s release…

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All Presidents have their Waterloo: Reflections on Obama’s Declining Approval Ratings

The Obama administration is definitely in a funk.  Polls of all stripes have shown a strong decline in his approval ratings.  Indeed,  Pollster.com shows that from Obama’s inauguration in late January  to mid-December 2012 his approval ratings have dropped by about 11 points—51 to 42 (see below).

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TOMAmeter December 30 – January 5: New Year, Same Top 3

The final Top 3 of 2013 continue their reign into the New Year. Kicking off 2014, AMC’s The Walking Dead, A&E’s Duck Dynasty and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory hold down their respective spots. Recent all-day marathons on AMC have helped Breaking Bad (#4) remain on the mind of respondents as the program has flipped…

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