A method and detector for detecting anomalies among media event sequences are disclosed. One method includes obtaining a first profile of media event data over a first time period, where the first profile is a first distribution of different media event sequences. Each sequence is associated with a number of occurrences of the sequence and the first profile having a first profile vector. The method further includes obtaining a second profile of media event data over a second time period less than the first time period. The second profile is a second distribution of the different media sequences and the second profile having a second profile vector. The method also includes comparing the first profile vector and the second profile vector, and determining one of a presence and absence of at least one anomaly in the second profile vector of media event data based on the comparison.