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# CR EVALUATION SERIES: 2) The Ten Most Popular Primetime TV Programs

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CR EVALUATION SERIES: 2) The Ten Most Popular Primetime TV Programs

According to an analysis of the ten most popular primetime TV programs from 2001 to 2011, the popularity of the reality television genre has fallen considerably from its peak in 2007, while the general drama category has reclaimed much of its lost ground. This analysis, however, must clearly be unfounded since both the current number one and number three shows are reality programs.

The answer to which one of the following questions would contribute most to an evaluation of the argument?

Ⓐ To what extent are the number one and number three reality programs representative of their genre as a whole?

Ⓑ What was the statistical norm in popularity of the reality genre prior to its peak in 2007?

Ⓒ How many new reality television programs have been released since 2007?

Ⓓ What proportion of reality television programs that were once unpopular have seen a resurgence in popularity?

Ⓔ Of the reality programs that are still popular, how many are profitable?

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◀ CR EVALUATION SERIES: Question 1) The Berringer Motorcycle Co.

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Originally posted by EMPOWERgmatVerbal on 14 Jun 2015, 00:47.
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19 Aug 2019, 05:56
EMPOWERgmatVerbal wrote:
CR EVALUATION SERIES: 2) The Ten Most Popular Primetime TV Programs

According to an analysis of the ten most popular primetime TV programs from 2001 to 2011, the popularity of the reality television genre has fallen considerably from its peak in 2007, while the general drama category has reclaimed much of its lost ground. This analysis, however, must clearly be unfounded since both the current number one and number three shows are reality programs.

The answer to which one of the following questions would contribute most to an evaluation of the argument?

Ⓐ To what extent are the number one and number three reality programs representative of their genre as a whole?

Ⓑ What was the statistical norm in popularity of the reality genre prior to its peak in 2007?

Ⓒ How many new reality television programs have been released since 2007?

Ⓓ What proportion of reality television programs that were once unpopular have seen a resurgence in popularity?

Ⓔ Of the reality programs that are still popular, how many are profitable?

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◀ CR EVALUATION SERIES: Question 1) The Berringer Motorcycle Co.

▶ CR EVALUATION SERIES: Question 3) Domestic Airfares Have Risen

We can arrive at the answer but only through elimination. I am not sure what exactly option (A) means. I think it is way too convoluted and ambiguous to be useful but it is the only relevant option (in whatever way)!

Analysis of the ten most popular programs shows that popularity of the reality television genre has fallen considerably from its peak in 2007, while the general drama category has reclaimed much of its lost ground. (Seems that drama was popular before but had lost ground. By 2007, it regained its lost ground)
Both the current number one and number three shows are reality programs.

Conclusion: This analysis must clearly be unfounded. (Reality TV doesn't seem to have reduced in popularity)

We know that number 1 and number 3 are reality programs. We are discussing the popularity of reality programs. I don't understand what they mean by whether they represent their genre as a whole. Now what I want to know to evaluate the claim is:
- How many rest of the slots in 1- 10 are taken by reality tv?
- How many slots were taken by reality tv in 2007?
- How far apart are the 1-10 ranks in terms of popularity (on whatever scale they evaluate popularity e.g. percent of population watching the show etc)
- Is the sample of top 10 ranks representative of the entire population of TV programs?
etc

Say only slots 1 and 3 belong to reality tv now while 5 slots belonged to it in 2007 - Reality TV has lost popularity
Say only slots 1 and 3 belong to reality tv now and diff in population watching the program ranked 1 and ranked 10 is merely .5% - Reality TV may have lost popularity.
Say only slots 1 and 3 belong to reality TV but in 11 to 100, most belong to reality TV - Reality TV may still be very popular.
etc

Ⓐ To what extent are the number one and number three reality programs representative of their genre as a whole?

Not sure what this means but it seems relevant.

Ⓑ What was the statistical norm in popularity of the reality genre prior to its peak in 2007?

Irrelevant. We know that reality TV was at its peak in 2007. We are comparing 2007 to now. Before 2007 is irrelevant.

Ⓒ How many new reality television programs have been released since 2007?

Doesn't matter. What if 100s have been released but they are not popular at all?

Ⓓ What proportion of reality television programs that were once unpopular have seen a resurgence in popularity?

Irrelevant. How many once unpopular programs are now popular won't tell us much about popularity of reality TV genre.

Ⓔ Of the reality programs that are still popular, how many are profitable?

Profitability has nothing to do with our argument.

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[quote="EMPOWERgmatMax"]CR EVALUATION SERIES: 2) The Ten Most Popular Primetime TV Programs

According to an analysis of the ten most popular primetime TV programs from 2001 to 2011, the popularity of the reality television genre has fallen considerably from its peak in 2007, while the general drama category has reclaimed much of its lost ground. This analysis, however, must clearly be unfounded since both the current number one and number three shows are reality programs.

Text in red: Counter premise
Text in blue: Premise
Text in green: Conclusion

The correct answer in an evaluate question will weaken the conclusion when taken to one extreme while will strengthen the conclusion when taken to the other extreme.

The conclusion states that the #1 and #3 programs are reality programs and thus it is wrong to state that reality programs have lost their prominence to general drama. This argument proceeds with this conclusion without providing any proof that these 2 programs are actually representative of the reality program genre. If they are not, then the conclusion is weakened while if they are representative of this genre, then the conclusion is strengthened. Option A captures this aptly and is thus the correct answer.

The answer to which one of the following questions would contribute most to an evaluation of the argument?

Ⓐ To what extent are the number one and number two reality programs representative of their genre as a whole?
Correct. As per the prethinking above.

Ⓑ What was the statistical norm in popularity of the reality genre prior to its peak in 2007?
Incorrect. This option provides incomplete information for the conclusion by omitting stats for years 2007-2011.

Ⓒ How many new reality television programs have been released since 2007?
Incorrect. Number of new reality TV programs is irrelevant.

Ⓓ What proportion of reality television programs that were once unpopular have seen a resurgence in popularity?
Incorrect. This option is a bit tricky. The conclusion talks about programs at positions 1 and 3, while this option talks about unpopular programs. Even if the unpopular programs do not see a resurgence, the conclusion is still unharmed.

Ⓔ Of the reality programs that are still popular, how many are profitable?
Incorrect. Profitability is irrelevant.
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According to an analysis of the ten most popular primetime TV programs from 2001 to 2011, the popularity of the reality television genre has fallen considerably from its peak in 2007, while the general drama category has reclaimed much of its lost ground. This analysis, however, must clearly be unfounded since both the current number one and number three shows are reality programs.

The answer to which one of the following questions would contribute most to an evaluation of the argument?

Ⓐ To what extent are the number one and number three reality programs representative of their genre as a whole?

Ⓑ What was the statistical norm in popularity of the reality genre prior to its peak in 2007?

Ⓒ How many new reality television programs have been released since 2007?

Ⓓ What proportion of reality television programs that were once unpopular have seen a resurgence in popularity?

Ⓔ Of the reality programs that are still popular, how many are profitable?

Conclusion-must clearly be unfounded since both the current number one and number three shows are reality programs.
Prethink answer-Are the no.1 and no. 3 slots representative of the popularity of the programs?

A-This option clearly answers the above pre think question.If the answer is yes then the authors conclusion is validated,if no then the conclusion breaks down.
B-We are not concerned with the period before 2007.We are only concerned with the period from 2007 to 2011
C-Release of new reality programs is not the issue here since comparison of new reality programs and general drama is being discussed here
D-Only resurgence of general drama shows has been talked in the argument not the resurgence of reality shows hence this option is out of scope
E-Profitability is the not the main point.Popularity of 2 genres is being discussed here.
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14 Jun 2015, 01:31
According to an analysis of the ten most popular primetime TV programs from 2001 to 2011, the popularity of the reality television genre has fallen considerably from its peak in 2007, while the general drama category has reclaimed much of its lost ground. This analysis, however, must clearly be unfounded since both the current number one and number three shows are reality programs.

The answer to which one of the following questions would contribute most to an evaluation of the argument?

Ⓐ To what extent are the number one and number two reality programs representative of their genre as a whole?
this is the correct answer as it will tell us whether only these two have retained their position and remaining have/havenot lost their standing

Ⓑ What was the statistical norm in popularity of the reality genre prior to its peak in 2007?
Out of scope as we are talking of popularity after 2007

Ⓒ How many new reality television programs have been released since 2007?
Out of scope as we are talking of only the top ten programs from 2001and does not matter whether few or greater number of pgmes have been released

Ⓓ What proportion of reality television programs that were once unpopular have seen a resurgence in popularity?
Out of scope as we are talking of only the top ten programs from 2001

Ⓔ Of the reality programs that are still popular, how many are profitable?
Out of scope as we are talking of only the top ten programs from 2001and not the profitability

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CR EVALUATION SERIES: 2) The Ten Most Popular Primetime TV Programs

According to an analysis of the ten most popular primetime TV programs from 2001 to 2011, the popularity of the reality television genre has fallen considerably from its peak in 2007, while the general drama category has reclaimed much of its lost ground. This analysis, however, must clearly be unfounded since both the current number one and number three shows are reality programs.

The answer to which one of the following questions would contribute most to an evaluation of the argument?

Ⓐ To what extent are the number one and number three reality programs representative of their genre as a whole?

Ⓑ What was the statistical norm in popularity of the reality genre prior to its peak in 2007?

Ⓒ How many new reality television programs have been released since 2007?

Ⓓ What proportion of reality television programs that were once unpopular have seen a resurgence in popularity?

Ⓔ Of the reality programs that are still popular, how many are profitable?

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Question Type: Evaluate
Boil It Down (Simplified & Abbreviated Summary of the Prompt): Reality #1 and #3, so rankings that reality dropped are wrong
Missing Information (assumption): The #1 and #3 slots are relevant to the overall movement in popularity of the reality genre.
Goal: Find the question that when answered would either make or break the claim that there has been a drop in reality TV’s rankings is wrong
Analysis: This attack on the analysis makes a brazen shift from the current ranking of specific programs to the broader overall trend. It fails to consider that even though reality TV might have the #1 and #3 rankings, that those figures represent a significant drop for the genre as a whole. We need to find an option that can help us evaluate how safe a measure these #1 and #3 rankings are to the overall popularity status of reality TV in general.

Ⓐ Yes! This is the exact question we needed to ask to evaluate the use of the current status (#1 and #3 rankings) to measure the overall popularity of the reality genre. If those programs rankings are relevant, then the attack against the analysis is remarkably bolstered. If those rankings are NOT relevant to the overall popularity of the reality genre, then the attack against the analysis crumbles.

Ⓑ Investigating how popular reality TV used to be before 2007 wouldn’t help us evaluate the attack on the analysis. What the attack is going after is the notion that reality TV has fallen since 2007. How popular it reality TV was before 2007 is useless to us.

Ⓒ The number of new reality TV programs is also useless to us. The genre could be more or less popular whether the number of programs increased or decreased. There’s no obvious connection between the number of reality programs on air, and the overall popularity of the genre as a whole. This is a classic % to # shift. GMAC loves to test the ability to recognize that conceptual difference between a percentage and a specific number.

Ⓓ If some, none, or even a lot of unpopular reality programs are now more popular, that doesn’t help us evaluate the attack on the analysis that overall reality TV popularity has fallen.

Ⓔ Profitability has absolutely nothing to do with the notion of how popular reality TV as a genre has been. This is a punishment option for those who automatically equate profitability with significance. Profitability does not factor in to our ability to use the #1 and #3 rankings as a way to measure the overall popularity of the reality TV genre.

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▶ CR EVALUATION SERIES: Question 3) Domestic Airfares Have Risen
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