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Among the more effective kinds of publicity that a traveling circus can get for a new show is to have one act from that show air on a television station with a large audience in a given area shortly before the show is performed live in that area. The benefits of such exposure include not only a sure increase in ticket sales for the show, but also a fee paid by the television station to the traveling circus.

The conclusion is that airing an act on TV guarantees increased ticket sales for the show and a fee paid by the station.
Which of the following is best supported by the information above?

(A) The number of people for whom seeing one act from the show performed on television is an adequate substitute for seeing the show performed live is smaller than the number for whom seeing one act from the show on television stimulates a desire to see the show performed live.
For the TV airing to be beneficial, there has to be more people who are intrigued enough by the TV act to purchase show tickets. If most people see one act and are satisfied ticket sales won't increase at all.
(B) Because the majority of profits derived from airing one act from a show on television usually go to the traveling circus rather than the television station, station executives are unwilling to broadcast single acts from circus shows.
Executive unwillingness cannot be supported with the given information.
(C) In calculating the total number of audience members that a circus show has attracted, traveling circuses include the size of the viewership of television stations that aired a single act from the show.
Cannot be supported
(D) The effectiveness of having a single act from a circus show broadcast on a television station, measured in terms of increased ticket sales for the entire show, is proportional to the viewership size of a television station that broadcasted a single act from the show.A proportional relationship cannot be supported.
(E) Traveling circuses with shows with single acts that are suitable for broadcast on popular television stations attract larger audiences than traveling circuses with shows with single acts not suitable for broadcast on popular television stations.Out of scope

i dont agree to the OA . really sorry for that but just think of the senariao.
In case if the ad act was not telecast on tv then very few ppl would have known about the circus. imagine out of 1000 only 20 would have gone.
but if it was telecast and even though there are more people satisfied with one act consider 1000 ppl watched 499 not satisfied with one act and 501 satisfied with one act .
In this situation still there is increase of 479 ie increase in sale.
this option A not only addresses half the conclusion clearly but also does nothing about increased station fees paid (second part of conclusion) .
This question looks flawed.
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Fell for the trap, answered D. Now i know Why A is right.
We can't discuss about proportion which is out of scope.
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New post 09 Jul 2017, 05:23
Its an awesome question. Suppose 100 people watched the show on TV. A says that the number of people who do not turn up the Tv and watched the show and do not want to see the circus live < than those who desire to see the Circus live.
D on the other hand talks about the effectiveness of one act watching live on tv is directly proportional to viewership size...though it is 2nd best choice but it doesn't make it sure that sales of ticket will increase..
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Among the more effective kinds of publicity that a traveling circus can get for a new show is to have one act from that show air on a television station with a large audience in a given area shortly before the show is performed live in that area. The benefits of such exposure include not only a sure increase in ticket sales for the show, but also a fee paid by the television station to the traveling circus.

Which of the following is best supported by the information above?

(A) The number of people for whom seeing one act from the show performed on television is an adequate substitute for seeing the show performed live is smaller than the number for whom seeing one act from the show on television stimulates a desire to see the show performed live.

(B) Because the majority of profits derived from airing one act from a show on television usually go to the traveling circus rather than the television station, station executives are unwilling to broadcast single acts from circus shows.

(C) In calculating the total number of audience members that a circus show has attracted, traveling circuses include the size of the viewership of television stations that aired a single act from the show.

(D) The effectiveness of having a single act from a circus show broadcast on a television station, measured in terms of increased ticket sales for the entire show, is proportional to the viewership size of a television station that broadcasted a single act from the show.


(E) Traveling circuses with shows with single acts that are suitable for broadcast on popular television stations attract larger audiences than traveling circuses with shows with single acts not suitable for broadcast on popular television stations.


Great Q. 2 mins and change to solve. Should have gotten done with it sooner, but was deliberating between A and D.

Argument Paraphrased
Before a circus act goes live, it should show the act on TV, helping them attract a larger audience and earning revenue from TV stations.

Underlying Assumption - Well, if people watch it on TV once, they would want to see it live.

A - Similar to what was assumed by me. Keep.
B - Weakens it if anything. Out.
C - Well, they could include audiences from any number of sources, but this isn't supported by the argument presented above in any capacity. Out.
D - This confused me a little bit at first, but eliminated it at last as it talked about the underlying relationship between TV viewership and ticket sales growth that is very similar to the argument stem but this doesn't go far enough to share why the same people would want to see the show LIVE. SO great trick option IMO.
E - it differentiated between 2 different types of circuses for no apparent reason, and this distinction is not supported by the argument. Out.

A is the answer.
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I have one question with A.

Say if there are 1000 viewers of whom,
The number of people for whom seeing one act from the show performed on television is an adequate substitute for seeing the show = 499
The number for whom seeing one act from the show on television stimulates a desire to see the show performed live = 501

here 499 is still smaller than 501, but little less than 50%, how does it strengthen?

I eliminated A, because of this reason, any thoughts?

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New post 06 Dec 2017, 22:54
Dear Expert,

Do you think the OA is correct? I am not convinced. Below is my reasoning:

Let total number of people is 100.

Before performing the show on TV, 80 tickets have been sold.

Now, after performing the show on TV, it may be possible that the same 80 tickets have been sold, though the number of people (20) non-interested to see the show live is less than the number of people (80) interested to see the show live.

Before performing the show on TV, buyer of these 80 tickets may bought these tickets just to pass their weekend. Now, after performing the show on TV, the buyer of these 80 tickets may bought these tickets to pass their weekend as well as out of stimulated desire.
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