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For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 05:24
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For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers than World News, which broadcasts its show at the same time as Nighttime News. Recently,the producers of Nighttime News added personal interest stories and increased coverage of sports and weather. The two programs no.w have a roughly equal number of viewers. Clearly, the recent programming changes persuaded viewers to switch from World News to Nighttime News.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the author relies?
(A) Viewers are more interested in sports and weather than in personal interest stories.
(B) The programming content of Nighttime News is more closely aligned with the interests of the overall audience than is the content of World News.
(C) Some World News viewers liked the new Nighttime News programming better than they liked the World News programming.
(D) There are other possible causes for an increase in the number of viewers of Nighttime News, including a recent ad campaign that aired on many local affiliates.
(E) The quality of World News will remain constant even if Nighttime News improves.
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Conclusion: Clearly, the recent programming changes persuaded viewers to switch from World News to Nighttime News.

For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers than World News, which broadcasts its show at the same time as Nighttime News. Recently,the producers of Nighttime News added personal interest stories and increased coverage of sports and weather. The two programs no.w have a roughly equal number of viewers. Clearly, the recent programming changes persuaded viewers to switch from World News to Nighttime News.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the author relies?
(A) Viewers are more interested in sports and weather than in personal interest stories. This cannot be even derived at. This can't be the assumption
(B) The programming content of Nighttime News is more closely aligned with the interests of the [b]overall [/b]audience than is the content of World News. This is not necessary for the conclusion to hold true. It might be the case that content is same for example sports,weather but the quality of one might be better than the other.
(C) Some World News viewers liked the new Nighttime News programming better than they liked the World News programming. Correct, This is exactly the assumption we are looking for. If this is true some of the users would switch from world news to nighttime news. Also on negating this becomes Some-> None of the users liked the nightime news programming better than world news. So why would they switch, Since it destroys the argument it is a correct choice.
(D) There are other possible causes for an increase in the number of viewers of Nighttime News, including a recent ad campaign that aired on many local affiliates.
How can this be the assumption ?
(E) The quality of World News will remain constant even if Nighttime News improves. Does this have to be true? It might remain same, it might not, the only thing that matters is that the quality of nighttime news improve over the world news.
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Re: MANHATTAN GMAT: CRITICAL REASONING QUESTIONS [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2011, 03:50
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For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers than World News, which broadcasts its show at the same time as Nighttime News. Recently,the producers of Nighttime News added personal interest stories and increased coverage of sports and weather. The two programs no.w have a roughly equal number of viewers. Clearly, the recent programming changes persuaded viewers to switch from World News to Nighttime News.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the author relies?
(A) Viewers are more interested in sports and weather than in personal interest stories.
(B) The programming content of Nighttime News is more closely aligned with the interests of the overall audience than is the content of World News.
(C) Some World News viewers liked the new Nighttime News programming better than they liked the World News programming.
(D) There are other possible causes for an increase in the number of viewers of Nighttime News, including a recent ad campaign that aired on many local affiliates.
(E) The quality of World News will remain constant even if Nighttime News improves.


this question is from mahattan GMAT CR Book with detial explaination is available on page 66

the answer is C
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Re: For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2013, 09:44
I also think that the answer should be E since the author is assuming that the changes brought in by Nighttime News attracted new viewers which implies that the World News wasn't able to dish out anything new that could retain its viewers.

Can anyone please help with the explanation ?

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Re: For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2014, 10:52
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Conclusion: Clearly, the recent programming changes persuaded viewers to switch from World News to Nighttime News.

For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers than World News, which broadcasts its show at the same time as Nighttime News. Recently,the producers of Nighttime News added personal interest stories and increased coverage of sports and weather. The two programs no.w have a roughly equal number of viewers. Clearly, the recent programming changes persuaded viewers to switch from World News to Nighttime News.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the author relies?
(A) Viewers are more interested in sports and weather than in personal interest stories. This cannot be even derived at. This can't be the assumption
(B) The programming content of Nighttime News is more closely aligned with the interests of the [b]overall [/b]audience than is the content of World News. This is not necessary for the conclusion to hold true. It might be the case that content is same for example sports,weather but the quality of one might be better than the other.
(C) Some World News viewers liked the new Nighttime News programming better than they liked the World News programming. Correct, This is exactly the assumption we are looking for. If this is true some of the users would switch from world news to nighttime news. Also on negating this becomes Some-> None of the users liked the nightime news programming better than world news. So why would they switch, Since it destroys the argument it is a correct choice.
(D) There are other possible causes for an increase in the number of viewers of Nighttime News, including a recent ad campaign that aired on many local affiliates.
How can this be the assumption ?
(E) The quality of World News will remain constant even if Nighttime News improves. Does this have to be true? It might remain same, it might not, the only thing that matters is that the quality of nighttime news improve over the world news.


when you are negating c, why have you written "None of the users liked the ....." as er the original option c, negation should look like "None of the world news viewers liked the ......." now please explain your logic again as this CR is baffling me.
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Re: For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2014, 11:12
Yeah, missed the complete selection , but I guess this was implied. When I said some becomes none, that is applicable for world news viewers only.

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Re: For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2014, 12:15
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Yeah, missed the complete selection , but I guess this was implied. When I said some becomes none, that is applicable for world news viewers only.

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But in that case negating c will not blow the argument. I think there is some issue with the question.
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Re: For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2014, 05:43
I didn't choose C because I thought that just rehashed the premise/evidence?
I chose E instead... which now looks weak.
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Re: For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2014, 23:00
(C) Some World News viewers liked the new Nighttime News programming better than they liked the World News programming.

This is the correct Choice - those who shifted from world news -- saw nighttime news now.
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Re: For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2014, 04:33
I hope C might be the answer.

I were able to crop down the options to B and C.

But when I tried to negate and check,

(C) Some World News viewers "DIN'T" liked the new Nighttime News programming better than they liked the World News programming.

This still holds the argument, as the number of viewers are even for both the channels. So viewers of World news dint like the nighttime's content.

(B) The programming content of Nighttime News is "NOT" more closely aligned with the interests of the overall audience than is the content of World News.

Here when we tried to negate, the argument falls. Because, if the nighttime contant is not aligned to viewer's interests, then how the number of viewers increased?

Please clarify..
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Re: For several years, Nighttime News attracted fewer viewers [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2014, 09:07
sheolokesh wrote:
I hope C might be the answer.

I were able to crop down the options to B and C.

But when I tried to negate and check,

(C) Some World News viewers "DIN'T" liked the new Nighttime News programming better than they liked the World News programming.

This still holds the argument, as the number of viewers are even for both the channels. So viewers of World news dint like the nighttime's content.

(B) The programming content of Nighttime News is "NOT" more closely aligned with the interests of the overall audience than is the content of World News.

Here when we tried to negate, the argument falls. Because, if the nighttime contant is not aligned to viewer's interests, then how the number of viewers increased?

Please clarify..



You are negating arbitrarily, hence getting confused. Take a look at this thread

article-what-and-how-to-negate-6-exercise-questions-138510.html

c) Some-> None not didn't

What you did was not negation. If i say some people like ice cream. It includes the entire range 1 to 100 people. So it's negation is none of the people like ice cream and I cannot say that some of the people did not like ice cream, they might have, they might have not. This is incorrect way of negating.

Similarly you negated b incorrectly. Also, for the argument to hold true, an assumption is something that must be true, which is not the case for b as (a) It is not required for the content to be more aligned, this is additional information for which nothing has been given in argument to support and hence you cannot assume it. b) If you think carefully, It does not have to be overall, it needs to be a majority.
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