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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TOMAmeter December 23 – 29: The Walking Dead Holds Off Duck Dynasty

AMC’s The Walking Dead closes out 2013 in the #1 spot, edging out A&E’s Duck Dynasty as the most mentioned program this week. Can we see a changing of the guard with The Walking Dead on hiatus until February and Duck Dynasty returning in a few weeks? Winter is coming and so is HBO’s Game…

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TOMAmeter December 16 – 22: Duck Dynasty Almost Overthrows The Walking Dead

In light of recent controversy, it is no surprise to see A&E’s Duck Dynasty move up 5 places to #2, giving our reigning #1 TV show some serious competition. Despite the recent surge among programs in the past few weeks, AMC’s The Walking Dead has held on to the top spot where it has been…

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The Gronk… I mean Grinch who stole Thanksgiving!

Yes siree Bob, the last bastion of peace-relaxation-food-and-feast has been obliterated by the people who created it.  Yup… you and me… Johnny and Suzy Q. Public… along with some of the greediest and grinchiest retailers on the planet, who took a page from Whoville’s greatest annals and hijacked Thanksgiving for the foreseeable future. Question… Sit…

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TOMAmeter December 9 – 15, 2013: Bonnie and Clyde Continue To Climb

After a strong debut at #8 last week, Bonnie and Clyde (simulcast on A&E, History and Lifetime) moved up 6 places to claim the #2 spot behind AMC’s The Walking Dead. Another program that performed well in the rankings this week was FX’s Sons of Anarchy. Building off of the recent season finale, Sons of…

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