Thursday, May 6, 2021

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1996-97 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1996-97 television season. There are four different sets of data posted below and there is a chart at the bottom of the post to help make clear what types of data are available in each of the season's 53 weeks. The first document includes clippings from the USA Today which have HH rating/share and viewership to 1-decimal place for every show of the week. 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. USA Today clippings were not available for the weeks ending Dec. 22, 1996, Mar. 9, 1997, or Apr. 13, 1997, so HH ratings are provided from Broadcasting & Cable Magazine.

The second document includes weekly viewership results to 2-decimal places. From w/e Sept. 22, 1996 through w/e Dec. 29, 1996, two-decimal viewership data is only available for the top 20 shows and comes from the archives of UltimateTV.com (note: the documents say "households" but the numbers are actually total viewers/persons 2+). Beginning with the w/e Jan. 5, 1997, two-decimal viewership is available for every broadcast program and comes from the Los Angeles Times. The third document includes the weekly top 50 basic cable ratings from Broadcasting & Cable magazine, but there are a few scattered weeks in which only the top 15 basic cable ratings were available. The final document includes the weekly top 5 pay cable ratings (essentially just HBO) and they are available for 45/53 weeks. Utilize the "+" icon to zoom in on any pages that are difficult to read. 

USA TODAY WEEKLY RESULTS

TWO-DECIMAL VIEWERSHIP

BASIC CABLE RATINGS

PAY CABLE RATINGS

RATINGS AVAILABLE BY WEEK
Week EndingRatingsData
Available
September 22, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 50
Top 5
September 29, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 50
Top 5
October 6, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 50
Top 5
October 13, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 50
Top 5
October 20, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 50
Missing
October 27, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 50
Top 5
November 3, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 50
Top 5
November 10, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 50
Top 5
November 17, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 50
Top 5
November 24, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 15
Top 5
December 1, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 50
Top 5
December 8, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 50
Top 5
December 15, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 15
Top 5
December 22, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Missing
Top 20
Top 15
Top 5
December 29, 1996Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 20
Top 15
Top 5
January 5, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 15
Top 5
January 12, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
January 19, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
January 26, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Missing
February 2, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Missing
February 9, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Missing
February 16, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Missing
February 23, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
March 2, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
March 9, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Missing
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
March 16, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
March 23, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
March 30, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
April 6, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
April 13, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Missing
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
April 20, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
April 27, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
May 4, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Missing
May 11, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
May 18, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
May 25, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Missing
June 1, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
June 8, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Missing
June 15, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
June 22, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 15
Top 5
June 29, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
July 6, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
July 13, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
July 20, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
July 27, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
August 3, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
August 10, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
August 17, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
August 24, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
August 31, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
September 7, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
September 14, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
September 21, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal
Viewership to 2-decimals
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Full Week
Top 15
Top 5

Source: Nielsen Media Research via USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Ultimate TV, and Broadcasting & Cable Magazine

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