I have always been a big fan of TV, more so than movies. Most of my life has been predicated to watching TV shows, but over the last seven years there has been an uprising on the Internet about certain shows that get prematurely canceled due to low ratings, like Joss Whedon’s “Firefly”. Recently, I read a column on one of my favorite Web sites, www.smallvillepodcast.com, regarding several heads of the major TV networks dicussing getting rid of the Nielsen Ratings and coming up with a new system. This is a step in the right direction. Of the people I ask, “What are your favorite TV shows?” they either say, “I don’t watch TV,” or “I don’t have time to watch TV.” Thus, they either download their favorite TV shows via Apple iTunes, Microsoft Zune Marketplace or utilize streaming services for the computer like Amazon Unbox or hulu.com. In fact, most of the people that do this don’t even know when their favorite shows air on TV, they just wait to download it or watch it on the Internet.There is a problem with this: The Nielsen Ratings calculate ratings numbers based on the number of people watching shows on TV. They don’t calculate the number of downloads from Amazon, Apple, Microsoft or any other service, streaming or downloading.As a result, some popular shows get unceremoniously cancelled. I find it interesting that although “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” had better ratings last season on Fox than Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse,” the “Sarah Connor Chronicles” got cancelled, and “Dollhouse” got renewed this year. But the most prominent example of how the Nielsen Ratings need to be done away with regards “Family Guy.” In 2003, “Family Guy” was cancelled due to low ratings. But thanks to DVD sales and popularity, the show was renewed in 2005. This proves that Nielsen Ratings are not the deciding factor of a show’s popularity.The new rating system devised by the networks to replace the Nielsen Ratings is to be called “The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement” (CIMM). This new rating system will take into account not only homes watching television shows, but subscriptions to certain TV shows via services like Apple iTunes, Microsoft Zune Marketplace and Amazon Unbox, as well as streaming services like hulu.com. I think this is a step in the right direction. And even though this new rating system is still in its planning stage, it’s the most logical step to renovate TV ratings for the digital age.