If George Orwell worked for Arbitron Ratings Co., he'd love ScanAmerica.
Slated to appear in the Baltimore area in three months, the Big Brother-like system tells Arbitron what television programs a household watches, who is watching and what grocery products are bought, Pierre R. Megroz said yesterday.
ScanAmerica first debuted in -- you guessed it -- 1984, in the Denver television market. It came to Pittsburgh, Phoenix and St. Louis last year. Kansas City, Mo., and 500 of the Baltimore area's 940,000 television viewing households are scheduled to get it next year.