Then Nielsen should do a better job.
Counting any viewing not live is a compromise to Nielsen's statistics. They are providing ratings based on what the program producers and channels want. That is the job they are paid to do ... and they are doing it to the satisfaction of the companies paying for the ratings.
Incorrect. They have no idea when or if I watch a recording. My act of recording is as good as watching.
Technically: If you are not a Nielsen family what you do is irrelevant. The Nielsen families that are part of the actual ratings are counted for what they watch, regardless of your gross misunderstanding of the ratings process. The question Nielsen ratings answer is what was watched.
Same here, but others in this thread feel the need to chastise us and force us to watch tv how they want us to watch.
You are free to watch or not watch however you want. It is a shame you have such a persecution complex. No one is forcing you to watch shows within seven days of air.