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Are Gas Prices Pumping Up Consumer Spending?

I’ve never fancied myself as a DJ Scream fan, but when he rips into his anthem ballad, “How low can you go, how low can you go”, how can any of us not get down with the total awesomeness we see every day at the gas pumps, as prices plummet all over the United States?…

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TOMAmeter January 12-18: Empire Makes a Case for the Crown!

Building on its impressive debut last week, FOX’s Empire continued its climb toward #1 only to fall one spot short. The three spot jump to #2 puts the broadcast program just a few mentions behind AMC’s The Walking Dead. If Empire manages to surpass the longtime frontrunner, it would be the second Fox program to claim the #1 spot. The first was Gotham, which did so back when it premiered in September.

Word Cloud Jan 20

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TOMAmeter January 5-11 2015: Big Week for Mid-Season Debuts!

FOX’s Empire made an impressive debut in our rankings this week, climbing all the way up to #5. ABC witnessed similar success with their musical comedy Galavant, as well as their new drama Marvel’s Agent Carter as the two programs made their introductions to the Top 20 at #9 and #13 respectively.

Word Cloud Jan 12

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TOMAmeter December 29 – January 4 2015: Playoff Time in the TOMAmeter!

With the NFL playoffs kicking off this weekend and the Super Bowl under a month away, mentions of the NFL/Super Bowl have improved the program’s placement in our standings this week by nine spots. The NFL/Super Bowl is now the 6th most mentioned program on our TOMAmeter.

Word Cloud Jan 6

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What’s the Deal with Black Friday Shopping?

Arrrggghhh… it’s Black Friday, it’s Black Friday! I’ve got to get to www.blackfriday.com and click on the massive red button that says “Hot Deals” before I hit the stores, crash the registers, and stuff the presents into my brown AMC Pacer station wagon bought by my father for $500 back when I was 17 years…

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TOMAmeter December 8 – 14: Top Shows Fall During Winter Break

Our Top 5 shows have held strong week-to-week – in particular, AMC’s The Walking Dead maintained its #1 position for the twelfth straight week, while CBS’ The Big Bang Theory kept second place for nine consecutive weeks.

Word Cloud December 18

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2014 U.S. Elections Recap

Ipsos Public Affairs had a busy 2014 full of electoral research centered around the 2014 U.S. midterm election. In fact, we – in partnership with Thomson Reuters – likely have the most complete electoral research program in the United States today. This post is an overview of our work in 2014,  and the follow-up series…

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TOMAmeter December 1 – 7: The Top 20 Welcomes Peter Pan!

The Walking Dead maintains its #1 ranking in top of mind awareness, no doubt with the help from last week’s positively-reviewed midseason finale. Sons of Anarchy also revved up their showing, moving up four spots to #3 in anticipation of its impending series finale. Our biggest mover this week was HBO’s Game of Thrones (#7),…

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Men and Millennials More Likely to Gobble Up Thanksgiving Deals

Mistakes you only make once… Cell phone going off at a funeral Telling your spouse-mate-partner they could stand to lose a little weight Buying a Viking-size turkey leg at the local Carnival (eeewww) Adding insurance to a newly purchased Flat Screen TV (they last 700 years) And… if you are a male between the ages…

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TOMAmeter November 10 – 16: Scandal in the Top 5!

While the Top 5 may be populated with most of the same faces in the same places from last week, this week ABC’s Scandal jumps up two places to claim the #5 spot. This marks the first time Scandal has made in into the Top 5 since the tail end of April. Another ABC program…

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