Some interesting graphs on Chavez’ TV ratings from AGB Panamericana sent to me by JL. The first one below shows the number of hours Chavez has spent on the air in the last five years. Note that despite the fact that we are barely in August, he has almost spent more hours on Tv than than any previous year. These hours are the number of hours he gives speeches on TV in nationwide adresses that have to be broadcast by all networks.
The second graph below shows the percentage of the time that the market share for Cable TV is actually higher than that for the open TV signals that are forced to carry his speeches, when they occur. (People have a choice on Cable TV, not on the networks) Note that this is the market share, that is the number of viewers who are actually watching, not the number of potential viewers. More people watching cable means that they simply dont want to watch Chavez at all.
Finally, the last chart shows the ratings for Chavez’ famous or infamous Sunday TV program which is shown on the Government’s TV channel. Note how his rating went up last Xmas (time between teh two solid lines) during the work-stoppage but is back down to below 1%. This is rating the percentage of potential TV’s that are watching him on Sundays.