Thursday, January 14, 2021

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.

ARCHIVED WEEKS
Week EndingRatingsData
Available
September 20, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
September 27, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
October 4, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
October 11, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
October 18, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
October 25, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
November 1, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
November 8, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
November 15, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
November 22, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
November 29, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
December 6, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
December 13, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
December 20, 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
December 27, 1981CLICK TO SEE RANKINGS
Partial
January 3, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
January 10, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
January 17, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
January 24, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
January 31, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
February 7, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
February 14, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
February 21, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
February 28, 1982TRANSPOSED RATINGSFull Week
March 7, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
March 14, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
March 21, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
March 28, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
April 4, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
April 11, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
April 18, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
April 25, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
May 2, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
May 9, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
May 16, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
May 23, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
May 30, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
June 6, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
June 13, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
June 20, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
June 27, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
July 4, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
July 11, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
July 18, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
July 25, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
August 1, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
August 8, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
August 15, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
August 22, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
August 29, 1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGSFull Week
September 5, 1982CLICK TO SEE TOP 20Partial
September 12, 1982TRANSPOSED RATINGSFull Week

Week Ending December 27, 1981 Top 10 Ratings:

Source: Nielsen Media Research via The Los Angeles Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram & Pittsburgh Press

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