Saturday, July 4, 2020

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: Summer 1982

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the summer of the 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 (through w/e August 22) or 833,000 (w/e August 29 onward) 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. Full ratings for the week ending Sep. 5 were not available, so partial data from Broadcasting Magazine was provided. Images can be clicked to enlarge. 

Week Ending May 23, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending May 30, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending June 6, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending June 13, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending June 20, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending June 27, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending July 4, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending July 11, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending July 18, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending July 25, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending August 1, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending August 8, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending August 15, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending August 22, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending August 29, 1982 (full ratings):

Week Ending September 5, 1982 (partial data - top 20 & bottom 5):
-"Bloodline" (ABC): 13.1/25
-"Freeform Road - part 1" (NBC): 8.8/15

Week Ending September 12, 1982 (full ratings): typed version coming soon

Source: Nielsen Media Research via The Los Angeles Times & Broadcasting Magazine

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