Sunday, February 7, 2021

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 838,000 as that is what 1 rating point represents. The following are newspaper clippings from the Los Angeles Times, which was one of the only newspapers in the United States to publish full weekly TV ratings results. Full ratings for the weeks ending Jan. 29, Mar. 4, and Mar. 11 were not available in the LA Times, so full ratings were provided from The Fort Worth Star Telegram. Full ratings for the week ending May 20 were provided from the Miami Herald.


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

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