Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending March 16, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 25th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending February 21, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending February 21, 2021. This is merely a selection of original airings and does not include every single program that aired in the week. Syndicated programming, sports news, and non-original movies are not included in these charts. A second chart includes the ratings for various sports programming that aired during the week, and there is a separate post with cable news ratings from this week.

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending February 21, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending February 21, 2021. With a few exceptions this chart includes programs that aired in primetime (8pm-11pm) on the broadcast networks in the week. All reruns and theatrical movies are excluded.  

News Ratings: Week Ending February 21, 2021

Below are the ratings for the evening news telecasts on the three major broadcast networks: ABC (World News Tonight), CBS (CBS Evening News), and NBC (NBC Nightly News), as well as six hours of evening/night ratings (6pm-12am) for the three major cable news networks: CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. There are three charts below, the first includes total viewership (presented in thousands), the second includes viewership among adults 25-54 (the news demographic), and the final chart includes 18-49 ratings for the cable programs. I don't have 18-49 data for the broadcast news programs. Additionally, data only goes from Monday-Friday as I do not track weekend news ratings. 

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending September 5, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 50th week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Top Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: Week Ending January 24, 2021

For the second week, Netflix's 'Bridgerton' led all streaming programs in total watch-time and was the only program to log more than a billion minutes in the week ending January 24th (1.06 billion). 'Cobra Kai' and 'The Night Stalker' tied for second on the week each with 727 million minutes, and 'Fate: The Winx Saga' dropped with 670 million minutes in its first three days of availability. Also among originals, Disney+'s 'Wandavision' dipped to 376 million minutes (from 434m) and Netflix's 'Lupin' was similarly down to 322 million (vs. 494m). Elsewhere, 'Outside the Wire' led among streaming movies (553 million) and 'Criminal Minds' topped acquired programs (939 million). 

Album Ratings: Week Ending February 18, 2021

Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on total units sold; a metric which is the sum of of pure album sales (sales of the entire actual album), streaming-equivalent album units (SEA), and track-equivalent album units (TEA). One SEA unit is equal to 1,250 premium (paid) streams, or 3,750 free streams, and one TEA unit is equal to 10 purchased tracks. There are two charts below: the first one has the top 10 albums based on total weekly units sold according to both Billboard and Rolling Stone. The two sites have different sources of data, hence why their numbers are different (but close). A second chart includes the top 10 albums of the week according to Billboard based on pure album sales, and the third chart includes the top 25 albums of the week, according to Alpha Data, with breakdowns of pure albums, SEA units, and TEA units.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending August 29, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 49th week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending March 9, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 24th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending August 22, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 48th week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending March 2, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 23rd week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending August 15, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 47th week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Song Ratings: Week Ending February 11, 2021

Music ratings are divided into two weekly posts: one for albums, and one for individual songs; this is the song post. Songs achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 25 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales, the top 25 based on total U.S. streaming and the top 25 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay. 

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending February 24, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 22nd week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending February 14, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending February 14, 2021. This is merely a selection of original airings and does not include every single program that aired in the week. Syndicated programming, sports news, and non-original movies are not included in these charts. A second chart includes the ratings for various sports programming that aired during the week, and there is a separate post with cable news ratings from this week.

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending February 14, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending February 14, 2021. With a few exceptions this chart includes programs that aired in primetime (8pm-11pm) on the broadcast networks in the week. All reruns and theatrical movies are excluded.  

Impeachment Vote Ratings: Saturday February 13, 2021

Below are the full-day hour-by-hour TV ratings for Saturday February 13, 2021. The day featured the Senate impeachment vote as well as hours of news coverage surrounding the vote. CNN led cable news in the adults 18-49 demo, taking the top 8 spots on the day, with the 4pm hour ranking atop the entire day with a 0.48 rating. CNN also topped the adults 25-54 ratings with said 4pm hour (0.74 rating) while MSNBC logged 0.51 as its best rating and Fox News was at 0.33 for its highest-rated hour (3pm). Leading in viewership was the 30-minute timeframe from 4:30pm-5pm on MSNBC which averaged 3.77 million viewers (narrowly edging out the 3.72 million from the CNN 4pm hour). On the broadcast nets, ABC won out in both Adults 18-49 (0.55 rating) & 25-54 (0.85), beating out NBC (0.47/0.83), and CBS (0.32/0.44). 

News Ratings: Week Ending February 14, 2021

Below are the ratings for the evening news telecasts on the three major broadcast networks: ABC (World News Tonight), CBS (CBS Evening News), and NBC (NBC Nightly News), as well as six hours of evening/night ratings (6pm-12am) for the three major cable news networks: CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. There are three charts below, the first includes total viewership (presented in thousands), the second includes viewership among adults 25-54 (the news demographic), and the final chart includes 18-49 ratings for the cable programs. I don't have 18-49 data for the broadcast news programs. Additionally, data only goes from Monday-Friday as I do not track weekend news ratings. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Album Ratings: Week Ending February 11, 2021

Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on total units sold; a metric which is the sum of of pure album sales (sales of the entire actual album), streaming-equivalent album units (SEA), and track-equivalent album units (TEA). One SEA unit is equal to 1,250 premium (paid) streams, or 3,750 free streams, and one TEA unit is equal to 10 purchased tracks. There are two charts below: the first one has the top 10 albums based on total weekly units sold according to both Billboard and Rolling Stone. The two sites have different sources of data, hence why their numbers are different (but close). A second chart includes the top 10 albums of the week according to Billboard based on pure album sales, and the third chart includes the top 25 albums of the week, according to Alpha Data, with breakdowns of pure albums, SEA units, and TEA units.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending August 8, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 46th week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Top Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: Week Ending January 17, 2021

Netflix ruled the ratings for streaming networks in the week ending January 17, 2021. Its 'Bridgerton' ranked atop all original programs with about 1.39 billion minutes of watch-time in the frame while week two of 'Cobra Kai' was at just over 1 billion minutes (1.005 billion). Also performing well was the first weeks of both docuseries 'Night Stalker' (867 million) & French import 'Lupin' (494 million) and the new season of 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' (442 million). The service also swept all 10 spots among acquired programs, lead by 'Criminal Minds' (853 minutes) and 'Grey's Anatomy' (711 million), and had the top 2 movies of the week with 'Outside the Wire' (556 million) and 'We Can be Heroes' (316 million). Disney+ did well with the launch of 'Wandavision' which logged 434 million minutes in its first three days, as well as with theatrical films 'Soul' (302 million) and 'Moana' (229 million). Finally, Amazon & Hulu each placed one program on the list with the film 'Killers' (106 million) being the first Hulu program to reach the chart since Nielsen began releasing the data back in August. 

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending February 17, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 21st week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending August 1, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 45th week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending February 10, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 20th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Top Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: Week Ending January 10, 2021

As expected, Netflix's 'Cobra Kai' topped the weekly streaming ratings with a full week of new-season availability counting. The program logged just over 2.1 billion minutes of watch-time which put it miles ahead of its closest competition - 'Bridgerton' - which managed 1.67 billion minutes. Elsewhere among originals was 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' at 768 million, 'The Crown' (494 million), and Disney+'s 'The Mandalorian' (411 million). The top streaming movie of the week belonged to Disney+ with 'Soul' (520 million) while Netflix's 'Criminal Minds' led among acquired programs (842 million). 

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending July 25, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 44th week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending February 3, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 19th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending July 18, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 43rd week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending February 4, 2021

Music ratings are divided into two weekly posts: one for albums, and one for individual songs; this is the song post. Songs achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 25 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales, the top 25 based on total U.S. streaming and the top 25 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending January 27, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 18th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Album Ratings: Week Ending February 4, 2021

Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on total units sold; a metric which is the sum of of pure album sales (sales of the entire actual album), streaming-equivalent album units (SEA), and track-equivalent album units (TEA). One SEA unit is equal to 1,250 premium (paid) streams, or 3,750 free streams, and one TEA unit is equal to 10 purchased tracks. There are two charts below: the first one has the top 10 albums based on total weekly units sold according to both Billboard and Rolling Stone. The two sites have different sources of data, hence why their numbers are different (but close). The second chart includes the top 20 albums of the week, according to Alpha Data, with breakdowns of pure albums, SEA units, and TEA units.

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending February 7, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending February 7, 2021. This is merely a selection of original airings and does not include every single program that aired in the week. Syndicated programming, sports news, and non-original movies are not included in these charts. A second chart includes the ratings for various sports programming that aired during the week, and there is a separate post with cable news ratings from this week.

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending February 7, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending February 7, 2021. With a few exceptions this chart includes programs that aired in primetime (8pm-11pm) on the broadcast networks in the week. All reruns and theatrical movies are excluded.  

News Ratings: Week Ending February 7, 2021

This has been a long time coming, but this is the very first weekly TV news ratings recap. Below are the ratings for the evening news telecasts on the three major broadcast networks: ABC (World News Tonight), CBS (CBS Evening News), and NBC (NBC Nightly News), as well as six hours of evening/night ratings (6pm-12am) for the three major cable news networks: CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. There are three charts below, the first includes total viewership (presented in thousands), the second includes viewership among adults 25-54 (the news demographic), and the final chart includes 18-49 ratings for the cable programs. I don't have 18-49 data for the broadcast news programs. Additionally, data only goes from Monday-Friday as I do not track weekend news ratings (yet). 

Monday, February 8, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending July 11, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 42nd week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending July 4, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 41st week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending January 20, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 17th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Top Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: 2020

Among original programs, Netflix's 'Ozark' dominated the 2020 year-end streaming numbers with over 30.6 billion minutes of watch-time during the year. 'Lucifer' was a far second with almost 19 billion, 'The Crown' was third with 16.3 billion, and 'Tiger King' ranked fourth with 15.6 billion. 'The Mandalorian' from Disney+ was the lone non-Netflix program to make the top 10 (14.5 billion) ranking fifth. The year's strongest numbers came from Netflix's acquired programs with 'The Office' easily ranking atop that list, logging an enormous 57.1 billion minutes of watch-time. 'Grey's Anatomy' with its 39.4 billion ranked second overall, and 'Criminal Minds' (35.4 billion) was third. The movie list was where Disney+ showed its strength, taking seven of the top ten spots. 'Frozen II' ranked atop that category with 14.9 billion minutes and 'Moana' (also Disney+) was just behind at 10.5 billion. Disney+ also had success with 'Onward' (8.4 billion), 'Hamilton' (6.1 billion), and 'Aladdin' (5.2 billion).

Top Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: Week Ending January 3, 2021

Beginning this week, Nielsen will be releasing even more weekly data from the streaming services. After four months of releasing only the top 10 programs, they have now broken up the data into three separate batches: original programming, acquired programming, and movies, and they're releasing the top 10 programs in each of those categories. Nielsen also made a one-time exception last week when it included HBO Max's 'Wonder Woman 1984' in its report, but no more HBO Max programming will appear in the list for a while, but perhaps in the future they will add it.

In its first full week of availability, Netflix's 'Bridgerton' led all programming on the streaming services with nearly 2.65 billion minutes of watch-time. The third season drop of 'Cobra Kai' (also Netflix) on New Years Day propelled that program to the second spot of the week with 2.6 billion minutes of watch-time in its first three days. It will likely rank number one for the week ending January 10th with a full week being counted. Disney+'s 'The Mandalorian' was the only non-Netflix program to rank among the top 10 original programs; it had 707 million minutes. Atop the movie list was Disney+'s 'Soul' (1.34 billion) and leading the acquired programs was the final few days of 'The Office' on Netflix (937 million). 

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1983-84 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1983-84 television season. Viewership wasn't reported by Nielsen until the fall 1988 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 833,000 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. Full ratings for the week ending Jul. 17 were not available in the LA Times, so full ratings were provided from The Miami Herald. Additionally, the LA Times article for the weeks ending Oct. 10, 1982 - Nov. 14, 1982 were extremely faded and hard to read, so typed-out versions of the articles are provided; however, there is some data for a few shows that are blank because the ratings were too faded to read.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending January 13, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 16th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending June 27, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 40th week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending January 6, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 15th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1982-83 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1982-83 television season. Viewership wasn't reported by Nielsen until the fall 1988 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 833,000 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. Full ratings for the week ending Jul. 17 were not available in the LA Times, so full ratings were provided from The Miami Herald. Additionally, the LA Times article for the weeks ending Oct. 10, 1982 - Nov. 14, 1982 were extremely faded and hard to read, so typed-out versions of the articles are provided; however, there is some data for a few shows that are blank because the ratings were too faded to read.

Song Ratings: Week Ending January 28, 2021

Music ratings are divided into two weekly posts: one for albums, and one for individual songs; this is the song post. Songs achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 25 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales, the top 25 based on total U.S. streaming and the top 25 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending June 20, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 39th week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending December 30, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 14th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending December 23, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 13th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending December 16, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 12th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending January 31, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending January 31, 2021. This is merely a selection of original airings and does not include every single program that aired in the week. Syndicated programming, sports news, and non-original movies are not included in these charts. A second chart includes the ratings for various sports programming that aired during the week, and a third chart includes cable news ratings Mon-Fri for the 6pm-12am timeframe.

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending January 31, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending January 31, 2021. With a few exceptions this chart includes programs that aired in primetime (8pm-11pm) on the broadcast networks in the week. All reruns and theatrical movies are excluded.  

Monday, February 1, 2021

Album Ratings: Week Ending January 28, 2021

Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on total units sold; a metric which is the sum of of pure album sales (sales of the entire actual album), streaming-equivalent album units (SEA), and track-equivalent album units (TEA). One SEA unit is equal to 1,250 premium (paid) streams, or 3,750 free streams, and one TEA unit is equal to 10 purchased tracks. There are two charts below: the first one has the top 10 albums based on total weekly units sold according to both Billboard and Rolling Stone. The two sites have different sources of data, hence why their numbers are different (but close). The second chart includes the top 20 albums of the week, according to Alpha Data, with breakdowns of pure albums, SEA units, and TEA units.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending June 13, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 38th week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending December 9, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 11th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending June 6, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 37th week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending May 30, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 36th week of the 2003-04 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household (HH) ratings, 18-49 ratings, and viewership (in millions) are provided in the first chartThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending December 2, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 10th week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending November 25, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the ninth week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending January 21, 2021

Music ratings are divided into two weekly posts: one for albums, and one for individual songs; this is the song post. Songs achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 25 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales, the top 25 based on total U.S. streaming and the top 20 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending November 18, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the eighth week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Presidential Inauguration Ratings: January 20, 2021

Below is a breakdown of the Nielsen ratings for Presidential Inauguration coverage on January 20, 2021. It's difficult to get a solid gauge of the total viewership, but Nielsen reported that the 17-network average from 10am-4pm totaled 33.8 million viewers. In the half-hour containing the the actual swearing-in ceremony, 11:45am-12:15am, the seven major networks combined for 41.372 million viewers with at least another ~400,000 from CNBC and ~200,000 from HLN, and ~100,000 from BET not included in that total. 

Album Ratings: Week Ending January 21, 2021

Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on total units sold; a metric which is the sum of of pure album sales (sales of the entire actual album), streaming-equivalent album units (SEA), and track-equivalent album units (TEA). One SEA unit is equal to 1,250 premium (paid) streams, or 3,750 free streams, and one TEA unit is equal to 10 purchased tracks. There are two charts below: the first one has the top 10 albums based on total weekly units sold according to both Billboard and Rolling Stone. The two sites have different sources of data, hence why their numbers are different (but close). The second chart includes the top 20 albums of the week, according to Alpha Data, with breakdowns of pure albums, SEA units, and TEA units.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending January 24, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending January 24, 2021. This is merely a selection of original airings and does not include every single program that aired in the week. Syndicated programming, sports news, and non-original movies are not included in these charts. A second chart includes the ratings for various sports programming that aired during the week, and a third chart includes cable news ratings Mon-Fri for the 7pm-11pm timeframe. Ratings for the Presidential Inauguration are in a separate post.

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending January 24, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending January 24, 2021. With a few exceptions this chart includes programs that aired in primetime (8pm-11pm) on the broadcast networks in the week. All reruns and theatrical movies are excluded. Ratings for the Presidential Inauguration are in a separate post.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending November 11, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the seventh week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending November 4, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the sixth week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1995-96 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1995-96 television season. The following are newspaper clippings from USA Today, which was the only newspaper in the United States to regularly publish full-week viewership figures. This data was previously posted over at the TVAholics blog; however, the links are dead, so I've decided to post them here so they are at least available somewhere on the internet. Included below are the household (HH) ratings and shares as well as the total viewership (to 1-decimal place) for all programs that aired on the broadcast networks throughout the season. USA Today ratings were not available for the week ending June 16, 1996; however, the HH ratings & shares are provided from Broadcasting & Cable (B&C) magazine (but viewership is not). A second table is provided with weekly top cable ratings (for 47/52 weeks) which are also from B&C. (Note: cable data for the weeks ending September 24, 1995, January 14, 1996, and March 10, 1996 are mislabeled by B&C but the charts provided *are* for those weeks). Utilize the "+" icon to zoom in on any pages that are difficult to read. 

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending October 28, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the fifth week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Top 10 Streaming (SVOD): Ratings: Week Ending December 27, 2020

UPDATE: Nielsen released an addendum to the original list for this week which included the numbers for the Christmas Day premiere of 'Wonder Woman 1984' on HBO Max. That program led the weekly streaming ratings with 2.25 billion minutes of watch-time in its first three days, beating out the other major premiere, Disney+'s 'Soul' which had 1.67 billion.

The much-anticipated Christmas Day Disney+ premiere of Pixar's 'Soul' did not disappoint in the ratings. The movie took the top spot in the weekly streaming list with about 1.67 billion minutes of watch-time. This number also only accounts for 3 days of the week (it was released on Friday) in comparison to Netflix's 'The Office' which logged 1.44 billion minutes in 7 days. Elsewhere, Netflix's 'Bridgerton' launched on Christmas and scored very strong numbers with over 1.2 billion minutes of watch-time in its first 3 days, enough to rank third on the week. Also of note, Disney+'s 'The Mandalorian' ranked fifth (1.02 billion) in the first full week after its season finale. This was the first week since Nielsen began releasing streaming data back in August that two non-Netflix shows made the top 10 as Disney+ placed two programs and HBO Max placed one. 

South Park (Comedy Central): Ratings Recap

Comedy Central's 'South Park' premiered August 13, 1997 to a 1.34 household (HH) rating and 889,000 viewers and averaged 1.1 million viewers in its first 6 episodes. It saw tremendous growth in its first season, up to 2.6 million for its Halloween episode, 3.7 million for the following episode, and hit a peak of 6.4 million in its first season finale. The show's best overall season was its second where it premiered to a solid 5.54 million viewers and averaged around 4.8 million. There is not a lot of viewership data available for seasons three through nine, but the viewership for episodes it was available for is provided in the tables below. Some additional data: the first four episodes of the 4th season averaged between 2.5 - 3 million viewers, the first 8 episodes of the 5th season averaged 2.7 million viewers, the first 6 episodes of the 6th season averaged 2.8 million viewers, the first four episodes of the 7th season averaged 2.5 million (the season as a whole was reported to have averaged ~3 million), and the 9th season averaged 2.5 million. After seven straight seasons of viewership in the 2.5 - 3 million range, it began picking up again in the show's 10th season which stayed above 3 million and averaged ~3.4 million. The show completed its 23rd season in 2019. Note: 18-49 data was first available beginning in 2001, so all ratings up until that point are HH. Since there was not a lot of available viewership data for individual episodes from 1999-2005, tables are included with HH data (thru 2000) or 18-49 data (2001-05) for episodes that I didn't have total viewership for.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending October 21, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the fourth week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending October 14, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the third week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending October 7, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the second week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1994-95 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1994-95 television season. The following are newspaper clippings from USA Today, which was the only newspaper in the United States to regularly publish full-week viewership figures. This data was previously posted over at the TVAholics blog; however, the links are dead, so I've decided to post them here so they are at least available somewhere on the internet. Included below are the household (HH) ratings and shares as well as the total viewership (to 1-decimal place) for all programs that aired on the broadcast networks throughout the season. USA Today ratings were not available for the week ending November 27, 1994; however, the HH ratings & shares are provided from Broadcasting & Cable (B&C) magazine (but viewership is not). A second table is provided with weekly top cable ratings (for 46/52 weeks) which are also from B&C. Note: ratings switch from portrait to landscape beginning with the week ending January 29, 1995 and can be difficult to read, so make sure to utilize the zoom-in "+" button in the PDF viewer. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending January 14, 2021

Music ratings are divided into two weekly posts: one for albums, and one for individual songs; this is the song post. Songs achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 25 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales, the top 25 based on total U.S. streaming and the top 20 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay. 

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending January 17, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending January 17, 2021. This is merely a selection of original airings and does not include every single program that aired in the week. Syndicated programming, sports news, and non-original movies are not included in these charts. A second chart includes the ratings for various sports programming that aired during the week, and a third chart includes cable news ratings Mon-Fri for the 7pm-11pm timeframe.

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending January 17, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending January 17, 2021. With a few exceptions this chart includes programs that aired in primetime (8pm-11pm) on the broadcast networks in the week. All reruns and theatrical movies are excluded.  

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Album Ratings: Week Ending January 14, 2021

Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on total units sold; a metric which is the sum of of pure album sales (sales of the entire actual album), streaming-equivalent album units (SEA), and track-equivalent album units (TEA). One SEA unit is equal to 1,250 premium (paid) streams, or 3,750 free streams, and one TEA unit is equal to 10 purchased tracks. There are two charts below: the first one has the top 10 albums based on total weekly units sold according to both Billboard and Rolling Stone. The two sites have different sources of data, hence why their numbers are different (but close). The second chart includes the top 20 albums of the week, according to Alpha Data, with breakdowns of pure albums, SEA units, and TEA units.

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1993-94 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1993-94 television season. The following are newspaper clippings from USA Today, which was the only newspaper in the United States to regularly publish full-week viewership figures. This data was previously posted over at the TVAholics blog; however, the links are dead, so I've decided to post them here so they are at least available somewhere on the internet. Included below are the household (HH) ratings and shares as well as the total viewership (to 1-decimal place) for all programs that aired on the broadcast networks throughout the season. USA Today ratings were not available for the week ending February 20, 1994; however, the HH ratings & shares are provided from Broadcasting & Cable (B&C) magazine (but viewership is not). A second table is provided with weekly top cable ratings (for 41/52 weeks) which are also from B&C. (Note: cable data for the week ending June 5 was mislabeled by B&C as w/e May 29; however it is June 5.)

Monday, January 18, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending September 30, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the first week of the 2007-08 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Top 10 Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: Week Ending December 20, 2020

In the week ending Dec. 20, Disney+'s 'The Mandalorian' became the first non-Netflix show to top the weekly SVOD ratings list since Nielsen began releasing the data back in August. With the show's second season finale airing on Dec. 18, it logged a huge 1.34 billion minutes of watch-time during the week - the most for any week this season, beating out the 1.2 billion from the week ending Nov. 29. Over at Netflix, the second-to-last full week of availability for 'The Office' pushed it to 1.31 billion minutes this week (up from 1.28 billion last week), enough to rank second on the week. Both 'The Crown' and 'Virgin River' dropped from last week with 'River' seeing the steeper of the two drops, down over 200 million minutes from 948m to 681m. Finally, the Netflix movie 'A California Christmas' scored 581 million minutes in its first week.

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1992-93 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1992-93 television season. The following are newspaper clippings from USA Today, which was the only newspaper in the United States to regularly publish full-week viewership figures. This data was previously posted over at the TVAholics blog; however, the links are dead, so I've decided to post them here so they are at least available somewhere on the internet. Included below are the household (HH) ratings and shares as well as the total viewership (to 1-decimal place) for all programs that aired on the broadcast networks throughout the season. Additionally, a second table is provided with weekly top cable ratings (beginning with the week ending February 21st) which are also from B&C.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending September 23, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 53rd and final week of the 2006-07 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Music Ratings: Olivia Rodrigo dominates the week in streaming

Full music ratings, including the radio chart, sales chart, and streaming chart will be posted mid next week, per usual; however, I think a separate post is required to fully digest what has happened in the music industry this week. Last Friday saw the drop of Olivia Rodrigo's debut single 'drivers license,' and as we covered before, the song has been a huge hit both in the United States and globally. We're gonna dig a little more into the numbers now that a full week of availability is in the books.

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1991-92 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1991-92 television season. The following are newspaper clippings from USA Today, which was the only newspaper in the United States to regularly publish full-week viewership figures. This data was previously posted over at the TVAholics blog; however, the links are dead, so I've decided to post them here so they are at least available somewhere on the internet. Included below are the household (HH) ratings and shares as well as the total viewership (to 1-decimal place) for all programs that aired on the broadcast networks throughout the season. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending September 16, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 52nd week of the 2006-07 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, 18-49, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1981-82 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1981-82 television season. Viewership wasn't reported by Nielsen until the fall 1988 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 799,000 (through w/e October 4) or 815,000 (w/e October 11 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 Dec. 27 were not available in the LA Times, so full rankings were provided from the Fort Worth Star Telegram and ratings for the top 10 programs were provided from the Pittsburgh Press (at the bottom of the page). Full ratings were also not available for the week ending Sept. 5, 1982, so the top 20 & bottom 5 ratings are provided from Broadcasting Magazine. Additionally, the LA Times article for the weeks ending Feb. 28, 1982 & Sept. 12, 1982 were extremely faded and hard to read, so typed-out versions of the articles are provided.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending September 9, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 51st week of the 2006-07 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, 18-49, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Song Ratings: Week Ending January 7, 2021

New: beginning this week, music ratings will be divided into two weekly posts: one for albums, and one for individual songs as I think this is a much better way of organizing all of this data. Songs achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 25 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales, the top 25 based on total U.S. streaming and the top 20 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay.  

Album Ratings: Week Ending January 7, 2021

New: beginning this week, music ratings will be divided into two weekly posts: one for albums, and one for individual songs as I think this is a much better way of organizing all of this data. Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on total units sold; a metric which is the sum of of pure album sales (sales of the entire actual album), streaming-equivalent album units (SEA), and track-equivalent album units (TEA). One SEA unit is equal to 1,250 premium (paid) streams, or 3,750 free streams, and one TEA unit is equal to 10 purchased tracks. There are two charts below: the first one has the top 10 albums based on total weekly units sold according to both Billboard and Rolling Stone. The two sites have different sources of data, hence why their numbers are different (but close). The second chart includes the top 20 albums of the week, according to Alpha Data, with breakdowns of pure albums, SEA units, and TEA units.

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending January 10, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending January 10, 2021. This is merely a selection of original airings and does not include every single program that aired in the week. Cable news, syndicated programming, sports news, and non-original movies are not included in these charts. A second chart includes the ratings for various sports programming that aired during the week.

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending January 10, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending January 10, 2021. With a few exceptions this chart includes programs that aired in primetime (8pm-11pm) on the broadcast networks in the week. All reruns and theatrical movies are excluded.  

Music Ratings: Olivia Rodrigo's 'drivers license' to debut #1

Unless you've been living under a rock the last 4 or 5 days, chances are you've either heard or heard of the song 'drivers license' - the debut single from Disney star Olivia Rodrigo, released last Friday January 8th. Rodrigo isn't exactly a completely new face in Hollywood circles - she starred in the Disney Channel show 'Bizaardvark' for 3 years and now co-stars in the immensely popular Disney+ series 'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' alongside one-time rumored love-interest Joshua Bassett. For the last year or so, the pair have gone back and forth writing songs clearly about each other and posting them in unfinished form on social media, but 'drivers license' is perhaps the most pointed of them all and people are living for the drama. The song has blown up all over social media, and is on track to debut at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Rolling Stone Top 100 songs charts. Let's look at the numbers:

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending September 2, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 50th week of the 2006-07 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, 18-49, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Cable News Ratings: January 6, 2021

I rarely publish cable news ratings here, save for 2 months in the summer of 2020 as an experiment, or during special coverage. It's just not very interesting to me and its time-consuming to cover on a daily basis, so it's just better left up to AdWeek. However, due to the extraordinary events that took place on January 6, and the monster ratings that resulted, below is a chart of the cable news ratings for CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and Newsmax for the entire day. Note that while CNN & Fox News break up their programming on the hour, MSNBC & Newsmax each have a few programs whose ratings account for between 90 minutes and 3 hours.

CNN dominated the day's ratings with the 4pm hour logging a huge 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, a 3.05 adults 25-54 rating, and nearly 10.2 million viewers. A total of 10 hours of CNN programming ranked ahead of anything else, and the next-highest program was the 8pm hour of MSNBC which was at 1.32/1.83 in the demos with 8.4 million viewers. Interestingly, MSNBC was the only network to not see its best ratings while the insurrection was occurring (approx. between 2pm-6pm); both Fox News (1.01/1.39/6.5 million) and Newsmax (0.20/1.2 million) peaked in that timeframe. 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Music Ratings: Taylor Swift dominates 2020

Below are various year-end album charts with data from Nielsen Media Research. Leading the way in total album-equivalent units was Lil Baby's 'My Turn' which logged over 2.6 million units - a solid margin over second-ranked 'folklore' from Taylor Swift, which delivered 2.2 million. 'Folklore;' however, dominated in pure album sales where it totaled 1.28 million for the year, double what BTS's 'Map of the Soul' got in the second position (674,000). Swift's other album this year, 'evermore' took the 10th spot on the list with 283,000 pure album sales despite being available for just three weeks of 2020. Both albums also ranked in the top 10 for digital album sales with 'folklore' atop the list (796,000) and 'evermore' in sixth (169,000).

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1990-91 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1990-91 television season. The following are newspaper clippings from USA Today, which was the only newspaper in the United States to regularly publish full-week viewership figures. This data was previously posted over at the TVAholics blog; however, the links are dead, so I've decided to post them here so they are at least available somewhere on the internet. Included below are the household (HH) ratings and shares as well as the total viewership (to 1-decimal place) for all programs that aired on the broadcast networks throughout the season. 

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending August 26, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 49th week of the 2006-07 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, 18-49, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. The final charts include timeshifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable if available. Note: the viewership data presented in the first two charts is in Live+Same Day (the Nielsen standard) while the DVR charts present viewership in Live and Live+7 day. The Live figures will not match the Live+Same Day figures.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Greek (ABC Family): Ratings Recap

ABC Family's 'Greek' premiered July 9, 2007 to a 0.4/1 adults 18-49 rating/share and 1.06 million viewers and although very little ratings data is available for the season, all the available episodes averaged over 1 million viewers. The 2007 portion of the first season averaged 606,000 adults 18-49 (~0.46 rating) and the 2008 portion of the season averaged 625,000 adults 18-49 (~0.48). A second season premiered in the fall of 2008 to a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating with 1.55 million viewers - the series-high in viewers. The 2008 portion of the second season averaged 784,000 18-49 viewers (~0.59 rating) & 1.1 million viewers while the 2009 portion dropped to 720,000 total viewers (and though there isn't much 18-49 info available, the first two episodes each received a 0.3 18-49 rating). A third season aired in 2009 & 2010 where it averaged a 0.40 rating with 881,000 viewers, and a fourth season aired in 2011 where it rose just a bit to 0.42 in the demo with 956,000 viewers. Note: available T12-17 ratings are included in a separate table at the bottom of the article.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending June 7, 2009

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 37th week of the 2008-09 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, 18-49, and 25-54 ratings are provided, as are final viewership figures (most to three digits)The second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week. DVR ratings were not available.

Music Ratings: 'positions' spends third week atop radio | w/e 12/31/20

Ariana Grande's song 'positions' has topped the radio play chart for the third week in a row, logging just over 17,000 plays and reaching an audience of nearly 56 million. The top 20 is the same as last week with some small changes in the order. Jason Derulo's 'Take you Dancing' rises 19 to 16 with 5,760 plays, Ariana Grande's '34+35' was up 16-13 with 7,061 plays, and Tate McRae's 'You Broke Me First' was up 20-19 with 5,221. Outside of the top 20 was Ed Sheeran's 'Afterglow' at 23 (3,929 plays/13.88 million audience), Taylor Swift's 'willow' at 24 (3,818/11.85 million), and the Black Eyed Peas' 'Girl Like Me' at 40 (646/1.395 million). Topping the recurrent chart (not published here) was Lewis Capaldi's 'Before You Go' (5,311 plays), Harry Styles's 'Watermelon Sugar' (5,113), and Jewish 685's 'Savage Love' (5,081). 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Top 10 Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: Week Ending December 13, 2020

As the days count down to 'The Office' leaving Netflix for Peacock, viewership has remained extremely strong, and the show rose to take the top spot on the week with nearly 1.28 billion minutes of watch-time. This is the first time 'The Office' has ranked atop the weekly list since Nielsen began releasing the data back in August. Elsewhere, the release of the penultimate episode of the season for Disney+'s 'Mandalorian' pushed it up to the second spot on the week with 1.04 billion minutes. The first full week of availability for 'Big Mouth' logged 622 million minutes; it was edged out by the second full week of 'Virgin River' season two (948 million) and the fourth full week of 'The Crown' season four (932 million). 

Social Ratings: Week Ending January 3, 2021

To start, I have no idea why Nielsen has listed 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' four separate times in the social ratings chart. Perhaps each represents a different hour of the telecast, but the fact that this isn't clarified is pretty stupid. Either way, the "top" performance for that program was 4.92 million social media interactions which blew out its closest competition, USA's 'WWE Monday Night Raw,' which logged 2.1 million interactions. Elsewhere, the season premiere of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' placed it in the tenth spot on the week with 580,000.
  1. New Year's Rockin' Eve (ABC): 4,919,000 interactions
  2. New Year's Rockin' Eve (ABC): 4,077,000
  3. WWE Monday Night Raw (USA): 2,095,000
  4. New Year's Rockin' Eve (ABC): 2,008,000
  5. AEW: All Elite Wrestling (TNT): 1,795,000
  6. WWE Friday Night Smackdown (FOX): 1,348,000
  7. New Year's Rockin' Eve (ABC): 1,206,000
  8. WWE NXT (USA): 943,000
  9. Teen Mom II (MTV): 603,000
  10. RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 580,000 
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Ratings Highlights: w/e 1/3/2021

Ratings highlights of note for the week ending January 3, 2021:

  • The New Year's Day season premiere of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' delivered a 0.46 adults 18-49 rating and 1.352 million viewers across six networks (VH1, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Pop, CW) with 0.24 & 561,000 coming from its home network VH1.
  • The series premiere of 'The Watch' on BBC America logged a 0.05 adults 18-49 rating with 274,000 viewers. It hasn't yet aired in the United Kingdom, so no comparison can be made yet.
  • HBO's 'His Dark Materials' concluded its second season to the tune of 347,000 viewers - the best numbers of the season (up from last week's 202K), but still down from last year's season finale (502K). It's also down quite a bit from what the show is getting in the UK where the finale garnered 4.7 million viewers when it aired on Dec. 20. This season has averaged 246,000 viewers in the U.S. compared to 4.92 million in the UK.
  • Over at Starz, 'Power Book II: Ghost' concluded its first season to 617,000 viewers, the best numbers since its premiere (680K), but down from what 'Power' got in its first season finale in 2014 (1.08 million) and what it had been getting in its final season last year (average of 1.22 million).
  • Starz also premiered the third season of 'In the Long Run' to low fanfare (177,000).
  • ABC's 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' dominated the New Years Eve ratings with 22.12 million viewers tuning in for the midnight quarter hour. Additionally, the program averaged a 2.3 rating with 8.35 million viewers for the 8pm-10pm portion, a 3.6 18-49 rating with 11.22 million viewers for the 10pm-11pm hour, and  a 5.6 rating with 18.4 million viewers for the entire post 11:30pm portion.
  • NBC delivered a 1.1 18-49 rating with 4.79 million viewers for its 10pm-11pm hour, and rose to 7.36 million viewers for the late night 11:30pm-onward portion.
  • The top 18-49 rating for the entire week came from FOX's 4pm nationally televised NFL contest which logged a huge 5.98 rating with 23.01 million viewers. 
  • The top cable ratings came from ESPN's Friday night college football game between Ohio State and Clemson which delivered a 4.94 adults 18-49 rating with 18.57 million viewers.
  • The series-premiere of 'Call me Kat' got off to a strong start on Sunday with a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and 5.63 million viewers. 'The Great North' was less so with a 0.7 rating and 2.34 million viewers.
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending January 3, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending January 3, 2021. This is merely a selection of original airings and does not include every single program that aired in the week. Cable news, syndicated programming, sports news, and non-original movies are not included in these charts. A second chart includes the ratings for various sports programming that aired during the week, and a third chart includes ratings for New Years Eve-specific programming.

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending January 3, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending January 3, 2021. With a few exceptions this chart includes programs that aired in primetime (8pm-11pm) on the broadcast networks in the week. All reruns and theatrical movies are excluded.  

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending August 19, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 48th week of the 2006-07 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, 18-49, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1989-90 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1989-90 television season. The following are newspaper clippings from USA Today, which was the only newspaper in the United States to regularly publish full-week viewership figures. This data was previously posted over at the TVAholics blog; however, the links are dead, so I've decided to post them here so they are at least available somewhere on the internet. Included below are the household (HH) ratings and shares as well as the total viewership (to 1-decimal place) for all programs that aired on the broadcast networks throughout the season. 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending August 12, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 47th week of the 2006-07 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, 18-49, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.

Music Ratings: 'Evermore' wins Sales for a 2nd Week | w/e 12/24/20

Ariana Grande's 'positions' spent another week atop the radio ratings, logging 16,588 radio plays and reaching an audience of over 54 million in the week ending Dec. 24, 2020. It edged out 24KGOLDEN's 'Mood' by just under 500 plays (16,068) though both had a healthy margin over third-ranked Justin Bieber's 'Holy' (15,074). Of note outside of the top 20 below was Ed Sheeran's 'Afterglow' (3,597 plays/14.79 million audience), Taylor Swift's 'Willow' (3,254/9.87 million), Conan Gray's 'Heather' (2,139/4.07 million), and Max's 'Blueberry Eyes' (513/438,000).

Top 10 Streaming (SVOD): Week Ending December 6, 2020

The first full week of second season availability for Netflix's 'Virgin River' propelled it to the top of the weekly streaming ratings for the week ending Dec. 6, 2020. The show logged 1.79 billion minutes of watch-time during the week, up from last week's 1.3 billion which only accounted for the first 3 days. This pushed 'The Crown' down to the second spot on the week with 1.46 billion minutes (down from 2.22 billion) and 'The Queen's Gambit' fell out of the top 10. 'The Office,' which only has a few chart weeks left on Netflix before moving to Peacock, took the third spot on the week with 1.31 billion minutes, and Disney+'s 'The Mandalorian' held last week's 4th spot but delivered just under 1 billion minutes (994 million). Also of note on the list was 'Selena: the Series' which scored 823 million minutes for its first three days of availability. 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending December 27, 2020

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending December 27, 2020. This is merely a selection of original airings and does not include every single program that aired in the week. Cable news, syndicated programming, sports news, and non-original movies are not included in these charts. A second chart includes the ratings for various sports programming that aired during the week, and a third chart includes ratings for the TBS & TNT '24 Hours of a Christmas Story' marathon.

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending December 27, 2020

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending December 27, 2020. With a few exceptions this chart includes programs that aired in primetime (8pm-11pm) on the broadcast networks in the week. Most reruns and theatrical movies are excluded except for holiday movies.  

Social Ratings: Week Ending December 27, 2020

Reality programs and wrestling accounted for 8 of the top 10 programs on social media for the final full week of 2020. The CW's 'Friday Night Smackdown' led with 1.77 million interactions, edging out USA's 'Monday Night RAW' which had 1.67 million. Both were miles ahead of ABC's Monday edition of 'The Bachelorette' (805K) and USA's Wednesday 'WWE NXT' (737K). Starz's 'Power Book II: Ghost' was the lone scripted series of the week with 181,000 interactions.
  1. WWE Friday Night Smackdown (FOX): 1,766,000 interactions
  2. WWE Monday Night RAW (USA): 1,670,000
  3. The Bachelorette-Tuesday (ABC): 805,000
  4. WWE NXT (USA): 737,000
  5. The Bachelorette-Monday (ABC): 498,000
  6. The Real Housewives of Potomac (Bravo): 439,000
  7. AEW: All-Elite Wrestling (TNT): 242,000
  8. Power Book II: Ghost (Starz): 181,000
  9. Justice with Judge Jeanine (Fox News): 115,000
  10. Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC): 85,000
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Friday, January 1, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending August 5, 2007

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 46th week of the 2006-07 television broadcast season; most reruns are excluded from the list. Final household, 18-49, and viewership figures are providedThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week.