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How to Rig the Trump Inauguration TV Ratings

So… I saw this on Google+. It tells you how you can “effect” (rig) the Trump Inauguration TV ratings. When the ratings are LOW, it delivers a BLOW.

The trick? Turn all your television sets ON. But DO NOT watch any Inauguration programming. In short, January 21 is a great day to binge on cooking shows and cartoons.

I’ll turn my TV on this Friday, and search for Columbo reruns. It’s amusing how the guilty suspects always underestimate the rumpled Columbo… Which kind of reminds me of Bernie Sanders… sigh… SIGH.

What will you watch on Inauguration Day?

Still, there is one drawback to boycotting Trump’s inauguration–missing the great celebrity entertainment. Lewis Black says it’ll be something else!

The Trump Inauguration’s No-Star Lineup | The Daily Show


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. usfman

    I am filling out my tax returns on Inauguration Day as I think of how the Trump mindset nullifies any goodness that my collected money will be used for.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      That’s a double-dark whammy!

  2. James

    Night thought, but it doesn’t work that way. Only people who are signed up as Neilson’s program raters and have a meter in their home “count” for television ratings.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks. Mike already told us.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks, Mike, for the indepth info.

      In short: “As Nielsen’s data is largely drawn from “Nielsen families,” a non-Nielsen family member’s individual viewing (or lack thereof) of Donald Trump’s inauguration would have virtually no impact on the event’s overall television ratings.”

      So much for couch potato activism. 🙁

  3. stuartbramhall

    Brilliant idea. A pity I don’t live in the US.

  4. ShelbyCourtland

    What is TV? But seriously, I never look at TV and I did not even own one until one of my relatives had to come live with me, but even so, no one in this household will be watching the inauguration. As close as I live to DC, I could train or bus it on over with no problem, but I’ll skip that as well.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I hear you. Anyway, as it turns out, you need to be a “Nielson Family” in order for your TV viewing to count in the ratings.

      The best to you in 2017, Shelby!

  5. charley246

    This is so silly, lower the ratings and DT will cry himself to sleep? How about following his every move and comment on what he does and stop spending your time thinking of ways to show the world he is not a popular President. No one cares!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Dear Charlie, all my friends care. 🙂 Nevertheless, thanks for a dissenting viewpoint. Democracy forever!

  6. dancingpalmtrees

    Excellent Idea! No problem for me since I have not owned a TV in a long time!! I just watch Netflix and YouTube!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      No wonder you are a strong, independent thinker! Viva la Democracy!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for spreading the word, Green. Long live democracy!

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