Below are the Nielsen ratings for the first week of the 1998-99 television broadcast season; reruns are excluded from the list. The first chart includes household (HH) ratings and viewership (in millions) for all first-run broadcast programs. The second chart has the viewership figures for the 15 most-watched programs on cable during the week. Please note that viewership in the broadcast table is measured on Persons 2+, while viewership in this cable chart is measured on total households. Available 18-49 data is included in a separate chart below the cable ratings.
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Monday, December 30, 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019
On a week with the most of the networks back to originals, CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' again led the seven-day DVR gains, up 1.51 in the demo to 3.91, and 4.48 million viewers to 18.01 million. NBC's 'Manifest' was an extremely close second in the demo, 1.50 to 2.55, but led the week in viewership gains, rising 5.74 million viewers to 11.58 million. On that same net, 'New Amsterdam' had a strong L+7 jump, up 5.17 million viewers to 10.52 million. On the cable side, Bravo's 'Dirty John' led both the three-day demo and viewership gains, up 0.45 to 1.04 and 1.41 million viewers to 3.25 million. The only other cable program to rise more than 1 million viewers was History's 'Vikings' which was up 1.22 million.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
In the first week of 2019 with only about 2/3 of the usual programming line-up airing originals, CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' was the week's top time-shifted program in L+7. It rose 1.44 in the demo to 3.65, and was up 4.41 million viewers to 17.21 million in seven-day DVR viewing. FOX's 'The Masked Singer' had the week's second-best DVR rise, up 1.2 in the demo to a strong 4.17 and 3.6 million viewers to 12.97 million. FOX has another hit on its hands. On the cable side, Bravo's new series, 'Dirty John' had the best three-day DVR numbers, up 0.47 in the demo to 0.9 and rising nearly 1.5 million viewers to almost 3 million. History's 'Vikings' also did well, up 0.37 in the demo and 1.26 million viewers.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
On a busy Sunday night on cable TLC's '90 Day Fiance' topped the ratings charts. The show edged out Bravo's 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' in adults 18-49 (0.91 rating v. 0.87), just barely in women 18-49 (1.24 v. 1.23), but fairly handedly in total viewers (2.67 million v. 2.23 million). Lead-out 'Return to Amish' lost more than half of its lead-in, down to 0.31/0.45 in those demos and 1.05 million viewers. Bravo's other entries; however, saw strong retention with 'Married to Medicine' at 0.61 in 18-48/0.89 in W18-49 with 1.64 million viewers and 'Dirty John' at 0.59/0.83 with 1.84 million viewers. On HBO, after a nearly three-and-a-half year wait, 'True Detective' returned for its third season with two episodes averaging 0.48/0.33 among 18-49 and 1.44 million/1.19 million total viewers. This was down hugely from the 2015 premiere (1.42 rating/3.17 million viewers) and finale (1.21/2.73 million) and is actually a series-low for the show (previous low was 0.68/1.67 million for the second episode of the first season). Other programs of note include: Nickelodeon's 'Spongebob' (1.05 million), Showtime's 'Ray Donovan' (1.21 million), and Starz's 'Outlander' (1.27 million).
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
ESPN's coverage of 'College Basketball' between Duke and Florida State led a low-rated Saturday among both adults 18-49 (0.69 rating) and total viewers (2.28 million). A second game, between Louisville and North Carolina was slightly lower at 0.45 with 1.78 million viewers. Among men 18-49, the two games delivered 0.99/0.65 ratings, and among males 12-34, they were at 0.69/0.42 respectively. On Nickelodeon, an episode of Henry Danger' pulled solid numbers among males & females 12-34 at 0.27/0.30 and delivered 1.11 million total viewers. Other notable airings from the day include Food Network' line-up of 'Trisha's Southern Kitchen' (1.34 million), 'Pioneer Woman' (1.3 million) & more, MTV's 'Growing Up Lohan' (162,000), and HBO' 'Sesame Street' (109,000). Finally, Showtime aired the film 'I Feel Pretty' to an audience of 276,000.
Discovery's 'Gold Rush' led a rather slow Friday on cable, logging a 0.66 rating among adults 18-49 (including 0.88 among men of that demo) and 2.64 million viewers. Lead-out, 'Gold Rush: White Water' was at 0.51/0.64 in those demos with 1.87 million viewers. On ESPN, two 'NBA Basketball' games were at 0.56/0.42 in 18-49, 0.81/0.61 in M18-49, 0.63/0.42 in M12-34, and 1.37 million/1.03 million among total viewers. The top rating among women 18-49 came from A&E's 'Live PD' which notched a 0.69 rating in that demo with 1.96 million viewers. That program also delivered the second-best rating among females 12-34 (0.44) behind Disney Channel's airing of 'Moana' (0.59, 1.54 million viewers). Over at MTV, three episodes of 'Ridiculousness' delivered 0.14/0.14/0.18 ratings from 8-9:30pm in F12-34 (0.17/0.17/0.16 in males of that demo) and 544,000/519,000/528,000 viewers. Other programs of note include WEtv' 'Love After Lockup' (641,000), VH1's 'RuPaul's All Stars' (512,000), and Reelz's 'World's Most Evil Killers' (194,000).
Sunday, January 13, 2019
TLC's 'Dr. Pimple Popper' easily topped the Thursday cable ratings with a 0.71 A18-49 rating and 2.79 million viewers, including the day's best ratings among women 18-49 (0.9) and females 12-34 (0.53). Coverage of 'NBA Basketball' between the Thunder and Spurs, on TNT, scored the day's best numbers in M18-49 (0.83) and M12-34 (0.61) with 1.45 million viewers, while the lead-in game, Celtics/Heat, was at 0.64/0.48 in those demos with 1.17 million viewers. On MTV, 'Floribama Shore' notched a 0.40 F12-34 rating with 719,000 viewers, while lead-in 'Ex on the Beach' was slightly higher at 0.45 in that demo with 683,000 viewers. Over at Bravo, 'Top Chef' averaged a 0.41 W18-49 rating with 977,000 viewers, while at Lifetime, two episodes of 'Rap Game' were at 0.28/0.25 in that demo with 512,000/434,000 total viewers. Other programs of note include: two episodes of WEtv's 'Growing Up Hip Hop' (623,000 & 555,000), TruTV's 'The Carbonaro Effect' (328,000), UP's 'Bringing Up Bates' (293,000), and two episodes of CMT's 'Music City' (107,000 & 65,000).
ESPN's coverage of 'NBA Basketball' between the Bucks and Rockets topped the cable ratings Wednesday, scoring a 1.15 M18-49 rating, a 0.97 M12-34 rating, and 1.73 million viewers. The lead-out game, Pistons/Lakers, was at 1.08/0.90 in those demos with 1.46 million viewers. On VH1, 'Black Ink Crew Chicago' brought in the day's best ratings in the F12-34 demo (0.49), in addition to a 0.69 W18-49 rating and 960,000 viewers, while 'Love and Hip Hop Miami' was at 0.47/0.62 in those respective demos with 873,000 viewers. Over at Bravo, 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' notched the best W18-49 rating (0.7) on the day with 1.29 million total viewers, while at MTV, 'Catfish' was at 0.41 in that demo (0.36 in F12-34) with 531,000 viewers, and at E!, 'Botched' managed 0.33/0.21 with 696,000 viewers. Finally, the fifth season premiere of FXX's 'You're the Worst' averaged a 0.08 A18-49 rating with 265,000 viewers, down a bit from it's fourth season premiere back in 2017 (0.14/298,000).
FOX News's coverage of Trump's first Oval Office speech via 'Hannity' topped the Tuesday cable ratings with a 1.36 P25-54 rating in the key news demo and 7.13 million viewers. The program also brought in a huge 5.11 P50+ rating. Over at CNN, 'Cuomo Prime Time' saw a 1.09 P25-54 rating with 3.54 million viewers, and on MSNBC, 'The Rachel Maddow Show' notched a 0.72 rating in that demo with 4.36 million viewers. 'The Curse of Oak Island,' on History, had the highest numbers among all non-cable news ratings with a 0.83 A18-49 rating with 3.27 million viewers, while lead-out 'Project Blue Book' saw a 0.43 rating with 2.27 million viewers. On Bravo, 'Below Deck' scored a 0.69 W18-49 rating with 1.45 million viewers, and on OWN, 'The Haves and the Have Nots' was at 0.61 in that demo with 1.69 million viewers. Elsewhere, the Freeform premiere of 'Good Trouble' notched a 0.26 F12-34 rating with 413,000 viewers, and TLC's 'I Am Jazz' was at 0.19 in that demo (0.30 in W18-49) with 707,000 viewers.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
The second season premiere of FOX's 'The Orville' topped the L+7 raw demo gains for notoriously slow final week of the year. The show rose 0.80 among adults 18-49 to 2.33, and ticked up 2.56 million viewers to 8.26 million within 7 days. The final 2 episodes of the season (and more than likely) series of 'I Feel Bad' were both up 0.16 in the demo, to 0.69 and 0.57, and rose 472,000 & 508,000 in total viewers to 2.96 million and 2.44 million. The only other scripted broadcast entry on the week was the finale of 'Midnight, Texas,' on NBC, which rose 0.24 to 0.66 in the demo and 818,000 viewers to 3.24 million. On the cable side, Bravo's 'Dirty John' again led the L+3 ratings, up 0.55 in the demo to 0.94 and 1.54 million viewers to 2.91 million. The 10 season 4 episodes of TBS's 'Angie Tribeca' were up between 0.01 and 0.03 in adults 18-49 and 52,000 to 101,000 among total viewers.
Coverage of the 'College Football Championship' between Alabama and Clemson brought in huge numbers for ESPN on Monday cable, scoring a massive 7.63 A18-49 rating with over 24.32 million viewers. The game also easily topped every major sub demo on the day: men & women 18-49 (10.04/5.24 ratings), males & females 12-34 (7.47/3.67), people 18-34 (6.22), and people 25-54 (8.61). Three hours of 'WWE Entertainment,' on USA Network, were at 1.19/1.03/0.92 in M18-49, 0.74/0.61/0.57 in M12-34, and 2.61 million/2.29 million/2.07 million among total viewers. On Bravo, 'Vanderpump Rules' notched a 0.77 W18-49 rating with 1.3 million viewers, while on VH1, 'Love & Hip Hop' was at 1.0 in that demo with 1.33 million viewers and 'Cartel Crew' hit 0.7 with 953,000 viewers. Over at MTV, 'Teen Mom OG: Backstage' hit a 0.30 F12-34 rating with 506,000 viewers and 'Teen Mom OG: Ask Moms' managed a 0.24 rating with 390,000 viewers. Elsewhere was A&E's 'Gangland' (385,000), History's 'Ancient Aliens' (822,000), and Smithsonian's 'Eight Days that Made Rome' (71,000).
TLC's '90 Day Fiancé' took victory on Sunday cable with a 0.9 A18-49 rating and 2.59 million viewers, also leading the day in W18-49 (1.23 rating) and females 12-34 (0.83). On Bravo, 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' led-off the night with a 1.21 W18-49 rating and 2.12 million viewers, 'Married to Medicine' brought in a 0.77 rating in that demo with 1.47 million viewers, and drama-series 'Dirty John' stayed strong with a 0.62 demo rating and 1.49 million viewers. Over on premium cable, Showtime aired only 'Ray Donovan' (1.04 million), while Starz had both 'Outlander' (1.16 million) and 'Counterpart' (244,000). Other notables on the day include: Food Network's 'Worst Cooks' (1.68 million), Oxygen's 'Snapped' (407,000) & 'Snapped: Killer Couples' (372,000), and Smithsonian's 'Air Disasters' (223,000) & 'Eight Days that Made Rome' (129,000).
ESPN's coverage of the Colts/Texans AFC Wildcard game dominated the Saturday cable ratings, leading in adults 18-49 (2.09 rating), men 18-49 (2.98), males 12-34 (2.3), people 18-34 (1.94), and total viewers (6.1 million). On Lifetime, the final 2 episodes of 'Surviving R. Kelly' found the best ratings yet: scoring 1.20/1.29 ratings among women 18-49, twin 0.76 ratings in females 12-34, and 2.26 million/2.29 million in total viewers. Over at Hallmark Channel, 'Winter Castle' was at 0.5 in W18-49, 2.16 in P50+, and averaged 2.97 million viewers. Other programs of note include: Nickelodeon's 'Henry Danger' (926,000) & 'Cousins for Life' (675,000), HBO's 'Sesame Street' (113,000), and Oxygen's 'Dateline: Secrets Uncovered' (319,000).
The second two episodes of Lifetime's exposé 'Surviving R. Kelly' easily topped the night in adults 18-49 (0.93/0.92) as well as in a number of different subdemos including women 18-49 (1.24/1.28 ratings), people 18-34 (0.71/0.71), females 12-34 (0.78/0.84), and people 25-54 (1.02/1.02). The two episodes were at 2.09 million and 2.16 million viewers at 9pm and 10pm respectively. Coverage of 'NBA Basketball' between the Thunder and Blazers, on ESPN, topped the night both men 18-49 (0.85) and males 12-34 (0.68) with 1.39 million viewers, while the Mavericks/Celtics game was at 0.78/0.65 in those demos with 1.34 million viewers. Over at MTV, two episodes of 'Ridiculousness' were at 0.23/0.23 among W18-49, 0.19/0.19 in F12-34, and 589,000/597,000 in total viewers. Other programs of note include the 2 premiere episodes of VH1's 'Grown & Sexy' (169,000/119,000), GSN's 'America Says' (526,000), and Reelz's 'World's Most Evil Killers' (144,000).
Sunday, January 6, 2019
'NBA Basketball' between the Rockets and Warriors, on TNT, topped the Thursday cable ratings with a 0.92 A18-49 rating and 2.39 million viewers, leading also men 18-49 (1.29 rating), and males 12-34 (0.93). The lead-in Raptors/Spurs game scored a 1.0 M18-49 rating, a 0.84 M12-34 rating, and 1.81 million viewers. Over on Lifetime, two episodes of 'Surviving R. Kelly' notched the day's best ratings in women 18-49 (1.11/1.26) and females 12-34 (0.63/0.70), as well as 1.8 million/1.97 million among total viewers. MTV's 'Ex on the Beach,' managed a 0.50 F12-34 rating with 751,000 viewers, and 'Floribama Shore' was at 0.49 in that demo with 787,000 viewers. Other programs of note include UP's 'Bringing Up Bates' (305,000), GSN's 'America Says' (416,000), and CMT's 'Music City' (139,000).
Saturday, January 5, 2019
ESPN absolutely dominated the ratings for ad-supported cable networks in the week ending December 30, 2018. The net averaged a massive 5.96 million viewers in primetime, nearly 4 million more than second-placed Hallmark Channel (1.98 million). Despite making the top 10 last week, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries dropped to #19 this week with 737,000 viewers. On the cable news side, FOX News (1.27 million) overtook MSNBC (1.19 million) while CNN tumbled to 650,000. Other news nets include CNBC (321,000), HLN (318,000), and FOX Business (87,000).
Below are the social content ratings for shows on both Broadcast and Cable for the week ending December 30, 2018. 'WWE Smackdown' led the week with 1.02 million total social media interactions and had the weeks best numbers in both Facebook (85K) and Instagram (746,000). 'WWE Monday Night Raw' just narrowly won the week on Twitter (190K). The only scripted series to air this week was Starz's 'Outlander' which delivered 135,000 interactions.
Coverage of 'NBA Basketball' between Oklahoma City and the LA Lakers, on ESPN, took victory on Wednesday cable, notching a 0.75 A18-49 rating, a 1.13 men 18-49 rating, a 0.94 M12-34 rating, and 1.77 million viewers. The lead-in game, Minnesota and Boston, ranked second the day with 0.63/0.93/0.75 ratings respectively in those demos with 1.48 million viewers. On VH1, 'Love & Hip Hop Miami' notched the day's best numbers in women 18-49 (0.81 rating) and females 12-34 (0.65) with 1.09 million viewers, and lead-out, 'Black Ink Crew Chicago' was at 0.75/0.53 in those demos with 1.07 million viewers. Bravo's 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' notched a 0.62 W18-49 rating with 1.18 million viewers, and two season premiere episodes of Freeform's 'grown-ish' were at 0.41/0.38 among F12-34 and 672,000/556,000 among total viewers. Finally, two episodes of 'Catfish,' on MTV, averaged 0.35/0.33 in W18-49, 0.33/0.27 in F12-34, and 556,000/522,000 in total viewers.
Friday, January 4, 2019
ESPN's coverage of the 'Rose Bowl' between the University of Washington and Ohio State topped the cable ratings on the first day of 2019, averaging a 4.16 A18-49 rating with 16.18 million viewers, as well as a 5.37 M18-49 rating and a 3.57 M12-34 rating. The 'Sugar Bowl' scored a 3.79 A18-49 rating, a 4.88 in M18-49, 3.11 in M12-34, and 12.97 million viewers, while the 'Fiesta Bowl' was at 2.35/3.15/1.97 in those demos with 8.47 million viewers. 'The Curse of Oak Island,' on History, was the day's highest-rated non-sports program, with a 0.9 rating in A25-54 and 3.01 million total viewers, while 'WWE Smackdown,' on USA Network, was solid at 0.83 in M18-49 and 2.09 million viewers. Other programs of note include BBC America's 'Doctor Who: Resolution' (983,000), GSN's 'America Says' (431,000), and the fourth-season premiere of TLC's 'I Am Jazz' (789,000).
ESPN's coverage of 'College Football' between NC State and Texas A&M topped the New Years Eve ratings, notching a 1.38 A18-49 rating and 5.14 million viewers, including a 1.86 M18-49 rating and a 1.23 M12-34 rating. The lead-in game, Missouri vs. Oklahoma State, had a 0.94 A18-49 rating, a 1.31 M18-49 rating, a 0.76 M12-34 rating, and 3.83 million viewers. Over on USA Network, three hours of 'WWE Entertainment' were at 0.78/0.76/0.67 among M18-49, and at 2.04 million/2.03 million/1.84 million among total viewers. Finally, on MTV, 'Teen Mom Reunion Part 2' scored a 0.33 W18-49 rating, a 0.23 F12-34 rating, and 513,000 viewers, while 'Teen Mom II: Ask Moms' had a 0.18 W18-49 rating, a 0.15 F12-34 rating, and 323,000 viewers.
TLC's '90 Day Fiancé' topped the Sunday cable ratings with a 0.78 A18-49 rating and 2.41 million viewers, topping both the women 18-49 demo (1.07) and females 12-34 (0.78). On Bravo, 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' notched a 0.93 W18-49 rating, a 0.47 F12-34 rating, and 1.77 million viewers, 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' was at 0.66/0.36 in those demos with 1.37 million viewers, and 'Dirty John' scored 0.53/0.31 with 1.37 million viewers. The final 5 fourth-season episodes of TBS's 'Angie Tribeca' averaged between 221,000 and 450,000 viewers. Finally, over on premium cable, Showtime aired 'Ray Donovan' (949,000) and 'Escape at Dannemora' (719,000), while Starz had 'Outlander' (1.01 million), and 'Counterpart' (181,000).
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Due to very little original programming airing the week before Christmas, CBS's 'Survivor' led the raw demo gains in 7-day delayed viewing, up 0.58 to 2.08. The show ranked second in total viewership gains, rising 1.97 million viewers to 9.7 million. Leading the raw viewership gains was NBC's 'America's Got Talent: Holiday of Champions' which was up 2.73 million viewers to 8.93 million. Atop both the demo and viewership percentage gains was the series-finale of 'Timeless' which rose 70% in the demo from 0.59 to 1.0, and 51% from 3.24 million viewers to 4.9 million. Over on the cable side, Bravo's 'Dirty John' was on top of both the demo gains and viewership gains, rising 0.42 to 0.71 among adults 18-49, and 1.4 million viewers to 2.44 million.
ESPN's coverage of 'College Football' absolutely dominated the Saturday TV ratings. Leading the way was the 'Orange Bowl' between Oklahoma and Alabama, which scored a massive 5.34 A18-49 rating with 18.49 million viewers - up hugely from last year when it had only a 3.12 rating with 11.73 million viewers. This year's game also saw big numbers among men 18-49 (6.85), males 12-34 (4.88), people 18-34 (4.13), people 25-54 (6.21), and people over 50 (8.94). Coverage of the 'Cotton Bowl' between Notre Dame and Clemson saw the day's second best demo and viewership figures, averaging a 4.15 rating with 16.28 million viewers. That game also saw impressive numbers among M18-49 (5.65), M12-34 (3.76), P25-54 (5.11), and people over 50 (8.66). The day's other big game was the 'Peach Bowl' between Florida and Michigan which scored a 2.03 rating and 8.37 million viewers, including a 2.79 rating among M18-49 and a 1.75 among M12-34. Elsewhere, Hallmark's original movie 'A Midnight Kiss' was middle-of-the-road at 0.45 among W18-49, 1.65 in P50+, with 2.31 million viewers, while the first 5 fourth-season episodes of TBS's 'Angie Tribeca' ranged between 172,000 and 433,000 viewers.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Below are the daily Nielsen ratings for Friday December 28, 2018. In lieu of the daily text, an additional cable subdemos chart has been added below the normal cable ratings chart and includes information that would've otherwise been included in the text
Below are the daily Nielsen ratings for Thursday December 27, 2018. In lieu of the daily text, an additional cable subdemos chart has been added below the normal cable ratings chart and includes information that would've otherwise been included in the text