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By Christian
July 19, 2001 - 11:54 PM

Hello World!

I unfortunately have some sad news to report. As some of you have already noticed, the Star Trek Nielsen Ratings Information Database, which used to be located at www.trektoday.com/nielsens/, has been closed down.

The Nielsen Ratings Database was originally founded by Greg Fuller, who due to time constraints had to stop updating halfway through last season, after which we took over. The site was without a doubt the most comprehensive resource for Trek ratings, containing every single first-run and repeat episode rating for all seasons of TNG, DS9 and Voyager.

Unfortunately, last week we were contacted by Nielsens Media Research, the company who do research on and publish television ratings. They told us that publishing such comprehensive listings violated their copyright and hurt the market value of the ratings, and could not continue in its current form. The only way in which it would be able to continue (in a modified form) would have been if we would enter into a license agreement with them, which would unfortunately not have been something that we could have afforded.

So for that reason, rather than face the possibility of legal action by Nielsens, we unfortunately had to decide to take the Database down. It's certainly a great shame to see Greg Fuller's work of so many years vanish, and of course having to do without this resource will be a great loss. Thanks go out to all of you who visited the Nielsen Ratings Database over the past years, of course.

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