Saturday, June 6, 2020

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: Spring 1982

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the spring 1981-82 television season. Viewership wasn't reported by Nielsen until the fall 1989 season, so up until that point the only metric widely available was the household rating (which is what is reported here in this article). To calculate the estimated number of households watching, just multiply each rating by 815,000 as that is what 1 rating point represents. The following are newspaper clippings from the Los Angeles Times, which was the only newspaper in the United States to publish full weekly TV ratings results. Images can be clicked to enlarge. 

Week Ending January 3, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending January 10, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending January 17, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending January 24, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending January 31, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending February 7, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending February 14, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending February 21, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending February 28, 1982 (full ratings: text in the actual article clipping is fading to the point where it is almost impossible to read)
RANKSHOWRATING
1DALLAS (CBS)30.0
2LITTLE HOUSE (NBC)25.2
360 MINUTES (CBS)24.9
4LOVE BOAT (ABC)24.6
5TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT (ABC)23.8
6ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE (CBS)23.8
7MASH (CBS)23.4
8TV'S CENSORED BLOOPERS (NBC)23.0
9DUKES OF HAZZARD (CBS)22.8
10THREE'S COMPANY (ABC)22.8
11HART TO HART (ABC)22.6
12FALCON CREST (CBS)22.2
13REAL PEOPLE (NBC)21.6
14MUGGABLE MARY (CBS)21.4
15WEDDING ON WALTONS MOUNTAIN (NBC)21.4
16DYNASTY (ABC)21.0
17MAGNUM P.I. (CBS)21.0
18BOB HOPE SPECIAL (NBC)20.2
19HOUSE CALLS (CBS)20.0
20FALL GUY (ABC)19.9
21MOVIE: INLAWS (CBS)19.5
22LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY (ABC)18.9
23HAPPY DAYS (ABC)18.8
24GREATEST AMERICAN HERO (ABC)18.2
25MOVIE: THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (ABC)18.1
26IVANHOE (CBS)18.1
27GRAMMY AWARDS (CBS)18.1
28FATHER MURPHY (NBC)18.1
29SUZANNE SOMERS SPECIAL (CBS)17.9
30THAT'S INCREDIBLE SPECIAL (ABC)17.6
31FACTS OF LIFE (NBC)17.5
32THAT'S INCREDIBLE (NBC)17.1
33HILL STREET BLUES (NBC)17.0
34DIFF'RENT STROKES (NBC)17.0
35BRET MAVERICK (NBC)17.0
36TAXI (NBC)16.9
37BENSON (ABC)16.3
38MOVIE: OLIVER'S STORY (ABC)16.3
39BARNEY MILLER (ABC)16.2
40GIMME A BREAK (NBC)16.0
41BARBARA WALTERS 20/2015.9
42QUINCY (NBC)15.9
43TODAY FBI (ABC)15.8
44FLAMINGO ROAD (NBC)15.6
45MR. MERLIN (NBC)15.6
46HARPER VALLEY (NBC)15.3
47WALT DISNEY (CBS)15.3
48BARBARA MANDRELL (NBC)14.8
49LOVE, SIDNEY (NBC)14.5
50ONE OF THE BOYS (NBC)14.1
51FAME (NBC)13.8
52KING'S CROSSING (ABC)13.4
53WKRP IN CINCINNATI (CBS)13.2
54CHiPs (NBC)13.2
55STRIKE FORCE (ABC)13.0
56OPEN ALL NIGHT (ABC)12.4
57RASCALS AND ROBBERS (CBS)12.1
58CODE RED (ABC)11.1
59THE TWO OF US (CBS)10.6
60NBC MAGAZINE10.4
61BEST OF THE WEST (ABC)10.3
62MOVIE: THE PRIZEFIGHER (NBC)10.1
63MAKING A LIVING9.9
64BILLY CRYSTAL COMEDY HOUR (NBC)7.7

Week Ending March 7, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending March 14, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending March 21, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending March 28, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending April 4, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending April 11, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending April 18, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending April 25, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending May 2, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending May 9, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending May 16, 1982 (full ratings):

Source: Nielsen Media Research via The Los Angeles Times

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