The problem is saying it should be replaced with the one network that decided instead of having their fans pitch the network on their own merits, spam social media before the channel even launched with the sole basis of their pitch being "we're not Al Jazeera". If anything Al Jazeera got a boost since it was added to more Comcast systems in the past 2 months. If they wanted more viewers they should have pitched their online subscription service that anyone with a broadband connection can get. There's these things called contracts. DirecTV cannot just drop a station mid-contract without some type of breach or pre-existing escape clause to justify it. G4 wasn't dropped until the TechTV contract expired, even after it was purchased by Comcast, merged with G4, fired all the tech personalities and morphed into the Cops 2.0 and Girls Gone Wild infomercial network, when Trio was dropped about a decade ago it was at the end of the contract, Cinemoi was dropped because they breached the contract by missing a payment. Whether DirecTV gets the Blaze or not has nothing to do with Al Jazeera or any other network.
One thing really skewing the ratings is the availability, last I checked while Nielsen's sample tries to balance various age, family, income and race demos, it doesn't account for the various providers people have or which package they subscrirbe to. Since Al Jazeera is limited to satellite, Comcast, FiOS and select smaller providers, it doesn't have the benefit of a more widely available network that has similar placement tier wise like CNBC World, Fox Business or Bloomberg who's available on nearly every major provider. Using fake, but likely similar numbers, you can have a 500 home sample for a given market, but when only 50 of those homes have DirecTV and Dish, any network not available in the other 450 homes is going to suffer in the ratings after Nielsen does their magic and decides what an entire DMA is watching based on a 0.02% sample.
Edited by KyL416, 08 October 2013 - 06:37 PM.