Sunday, April 11, 2021

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending April 4, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending April 4, 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.

News Ratings: Week Ending April 4, 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 TV Ratings: Week Ending April 4, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending April 4, 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.  

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending March 25, 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 40 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay. An additional radio chart is also included with the top 50 songs of the week according to Mediabase which uses different methodology than Nielsen who compiles the regular chart. 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending July 13, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 42nd 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. DVR ratings are not available this week and won't be included again until the week ending August 10th.

Top Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: Week Ending March 7, 2021

For the second consecutive week, Netflix's 'Ginny & Georgia' led all original programs on the streaming platforms with 1.16 billion minutes of watch-time in the week ending March 7. This was the second-most watched program overall behind Amazon's new movie 'Coming 2 America' which scored 1.41 billion minutes, more than a billion ahead of the week's second-ranked movie, Netflix's 'Bigfoot Family' which had 363 million. Back to the originals, Disney+'s 'Wandavision' concluded its run on March 5 and logged 924 million minutes in the week while Netflix premiered 'Murder Among the Mormons' which had 587 million in its first 5 days. Finally, 'Criminal Minds' (929 million) and 'Grey's Anatomy' (858 million) led all acquired programming. 

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending March 28, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending March 28, 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.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

News Ratings: Week Ending March 28, 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 TV Ratings: Week Ending March 28, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending March 28, 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.  

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Album Ratings: Week Ending March 25, 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 three 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.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending July 6, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 41st 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, March 28, 2021

Top Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: Week Ending February 28, 2021

Netflix's new series 'Ginny & Georgia' was the most-viewed program on streaming in the week ending Feb. 28. Despite only having five full days of availability in the week, the show managed 953 million minutes of watch-time, comfortably beating out Disney+'s 'Wandavision' (732 million) among originals. 'Bridgerton' remained in the weekly top 5 originals (294 minion) along with 'Firefly Lane' (383 million), and 'Behind Her Eyes' (383 million) in its first full week of availability. On the movie front, 'I Care A Lot' saw a nice week-to-week rise from 790 million to 898 million, and the debut of 'Bigfoot Family' scored 335 million in its first three days. Elsewhere in movies, Hulu saw pretty solid returns from the first three days of their new film 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday' which logged 124 million minutes. Finally, on the acquired front, 'Good Girls,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' and 'Criminal Minds' all remained in the top 3.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending November 14, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the eighth week of the 2004-05 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, March 27, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending March 18, 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 40 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay. 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending June 29, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 40th 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 November 7, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the seventh week of the 2004-05 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, March 25, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending June 22, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 39th 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 March 21, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending March 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.

News Ratings: Week Ending March 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. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending March 21, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending March 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.  

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending June 15, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 38th 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.

Bored to Death (HBO): Ratings Recap

HBO's 'Bored to Death' premiered September 20, 2009 to an OK 0.5/1 adults 18-49 rating/share and just over 1 million viewers. It struggled to retain those figures, only logging above 1 million on one other occasion in the first season, and fell to 633,000 for the finale. It was somehow renewed for a second season which aired in 2010 and was surprisingly up in the ratings over its first season, averaging a 0.44 adults 18-49 rating (vs. 0.38) and 927,000 viewers (vs. 775,000). The third-to-last episode also had the show's series-high in viewership at 1.1 million. Things looked promising for the third season, but when it aired 2011 it had dismal numbers. The new season dropped to just 240,000 viewers, fell as low as 153,000, and averaged only 225,000 - a huge drop from the first two seasons. It was cancelled after three seasons.

Deadwood (HBO): Ratings Recap

HBO's 'Deadwood' premiered March 21, 2004 behind the third-episode of the fifth season of 'The Sopranos'. The program logged an impressive 5.8 million viewers, holding more than half of its 'Sopranos' lead-in (10.1 million). The first season remained pretty solid, averaging about 4.5 million viewers, but concluded on a low-note (3.21 million) without a 'Sopranos' lead-in. A second season aired in 2005 and did have an expected viewership drop with the loss of a strong lead-in, but the show remained above 2 million viewers for every episode and averaged 2.4 million throughout the run. A third and final season premiered in 2006 and very little ratings data is available for this season. The season premiered right where the latter season left off - 2.4 million - but fell to a series-low by episode 4 (1.7 million) and ultimately concluded with just over 2 million viewers. It was not renewed for a fourth season, but HBO aired a 'Deadwood' movie in May 2019 which found 931,000 viewers.  

Album Ratings: Week Ending March 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 three 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.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Carnivàle (HBO): Ratings Recap

HBO's 'Carnivàle' premiered September 14, 2003 behind the mid-season finale of 'Sex and the City' and was able to retain a sizable chunk of that lead-in - logging a 2.6/7 adults 18-49 rating/share with 5.33 million viewers vs. 4.0/10 & 7.65 million for 'Sex'. The numbers remained relatively strong throughout the first season, only dropping below 3 million once, and averaging 3.6 million viewers over 12 episodes. A second season aired in 2005 to disappointing results - premiering with just 1.81 million viewers (& 1.5/3 in 18-49) and averaging just 1.7 million viewers over its run. It concluded on a high-note with 2.4 million, but that wasn't enough to warrant a renewal so the program was cancelled after just 2 seasons. Note: viewership average for season 2 comes from official published sources and is not calculated from the available data in the table.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Big Love (HBO): Ratings Recap

HBO's 'Big Love' premiered March 12, 2006 behind the sixth season premiere of the hit series 'The Sopranos.' The program logged a solid 2.2/6 adults 18-49 rating/share and 4.56 million viewers though this was only about half of its 'Sopranos' lead-in (4.5/10 & 9.47 million). The show remained relatively stable through its first season, falling as low as only 3.4 million, but concluded on a strong note with 4.55 million. A second season aired in the summer of 2007 but aired on Mondays instead of Sundays without any notable lead-in or lead-out. As a result, the numbers tumbled, averaging just 1.93 million viewers vs. 4 million the year before. A third season aired in early 2009 and began quite low with just 1.16 million viewers, but steadily rose throughout the season and concluded up to 2.7 million, averaging about the same as the second season. The numbers trended downward in both the fourth season (2010) and fifth season (2011) with the latter averaging 1.15 million. The show was cancelled after five seasons. Note: very little 18-49 information is known for seasons 1 and 3, so averages are not included in the tables. 

Top Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: Week Ending February 21, 2021

Netflix's acquired program 'Good Girls' led all programming on the streaming platforms in the week ending February 21, 2021. The show logged nearly 1.08 billion minutes of watch-time in the week and was the only program to have over 1 billion minutes. Netflix's other acquired programs, 'Grey's Anatomy' (892 million), 'Criminal Minds' (877 million), and 'iCarly' (862 million) ranked 2-4 on the week, and their original program 'The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel' rounded out the top 5 with 806 million. Also performing well this week was the second full week of the new season of 'Firefly Lane' (780 million) and Disney+'s 'Wandavision' which was up over 100 million minutes from last week to 720 million. Finally, Netflix's Feb. 19 drop of 'I Care A Lot' had 790 million minutes in its first three days, easily leading all streaming movies. 

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending June 8, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 37th 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: 1984-85 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1984-85 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 849,000 as that is what 1 rating point represents. The following are newspaper clippings from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Miami Herald, and The Los Angeles Times, which were some of the only newspapers in the United States to publish full weekly TV ratings results. 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending October 31, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the sixth week of the 2004-05 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.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending March 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 June 1, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 36th 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, March 17, 2021

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending March 14, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending March 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 & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending May 25, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 35th 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, March 16, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending May 18, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 34th 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.

News Ratings: Week Ending March 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. 

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending March 14, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending March 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.  

Monday, March 15, 2021

Album Ratings: Week Ending March 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 three 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 October 24, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the fifth week of the 2004-05 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, March 14, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending May 11, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 33rd 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, March 13, 2021

Top Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: Week Ending February 14, 2021

The first full week of availability for the new season of Netflix's 'Firefly Lane' narrowly topped the streaming service ratings in the week ending February 14, 2021. The show scored 1.288 billion minutes of watch-time, slightly more than second-ranked 'The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel' which logged 1.286 billion in the Feb. 10 - Feb. 14 frame. Disney+'s 'Wandavision' retained its third position and was on par with last week's numbers (596 million vs. 589 million), but Netflix's 'Bridgerton' fell to 409 million minutes (from 659 million). On the movie front, the 2016 film 'War Dogs' launched on Netflix Feb. 7 and was the top streaming film in its first full week of availability, logging 326 million minutes. Finally, 'The Sinner' (1.23 billion) and 'Criminal Minds' (948 million) led all acquired programming. 

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending May 4, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 32nd 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 17, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the fourth week of the 2004-05 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.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending March 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. 

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending April 27, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 31st 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, March 11, 2021

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending March 7, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending March 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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

News Ratings: Week Ending March 7, 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 TV Ratings: Week Ending March 7, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending March 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.  

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Flipping Out (Bravo): Ratings Recap

Bravo's 'Flipping Out' premiered July 31, 2007 to a 0.3/1 adults 18-49 rating/share and 470,000 viewers, rose as high as 830,000 and averaged 741,000 viewers and 544,000 18-49 (0.4 rating) over the course of its 7 episodes. A second season premiered in 2008 to 672,000 viewers and though viewership wasn't available for the next three episodes, it was reported that the first four episodes of the season together averaged 722,000 viewers and 500,000 18-49. It crossed the 1-million viewer threshold for the first time on July 15, 2008 when it logged 1.14 million viewers, and the season as a whole averaged 949,000 viewers and 664,000 18-49 (0.5). The ratings continued increasing in the next three seasons, ultimately peaking in the fifth season (2011) when it averaged a 0.7 rating and around 1.35 million viewers. The next several seasons all averaged just around the 1 million viewer mark, but the most-recent 11th season delivered the lowest-numbers since season 1 (764,000). There has been no official renewal or cancellation, but the program has been off the air since 2018. Note: viewership & 18-49 averages for seasons one and two come from official published sources and are not calculated from the available data in the respective tables.

Album Ratings: Week Ending March 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 three 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.

Dirt (FX): Ratings Recap

FX's 'Dirt' premiered January 2, 2007 to a 1.8/5 adults 18-49 rating/share and 3.74 million viewers, ranking as one of the top cable shows of the week. It fell to 2.4 million viewers in week two, and was down to just 1.4 million by its 9th episode. The season finished up on a high note - back to 2.4 million due to a famous cameo, but the season as a whole was reported to have averaged 1.9 million viewers. A short second season premiered in 2008 to 1.7 million viewers, but saw another downward trajectory, finishing just above 1 million viewers and averaging just about 1.4 million. It was cancelled after 2 seasons.

Monday, March 8, 2021

The Riches (FX): Ratings Recap

FX's 'The Riches' premiered March 12, 2007 to a strong 1.9/5 adults 18-49 rating/share and over 3.8 million viewers - solid numbers for a cable premiere at the time. The show was unable to retain that audience though and tumbled to under 2 million viewers by its third episode and seemed to hover around just above the 1.5 million viewer figure for the remainder of its first season based on the little data that's available. A short 7-episode second season aired in 2008 and bowed to 1.51 million viewers, on par with the previous season, but the numbers fell again and the season ultimately concluded with only 805,000 viewers. It was cancelled after two seasons. Note: averages are not included in these tables because there isn't enough available data to provide any accurate reflection of the true averages.  

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending April 20, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 30th 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 10, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the third week of the 2004-05 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.

Top Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: Week Ending February 7, 2021

The premiere of Netflix's 'Firefly Lane' easily topped the streaming chart for the week ending February 7, 2021. The program logged over 1.3 billion minutes of watch-time, a healthy margin over the second-ranked 'Criminal Minds' which was at 904 million. Among originals, 'Bridgerton' totaled half of 'Firefly' with about 659 million minutes, and Disney+'s 'Wandavision' was just behind at 589 million. Elsewhere among originals was 'The Crown' (305 million), 'Longmire' (296 million), and 'Fate: The Winx Saga' (256 million). Netflix took the top two spots among movies with 'The Dig' (403 million) and 'Finding Ohana' (367 million) and Disney+ scored top 10 performances with 'Moana,' 'Frozen,' and 'Frozen 2'. 

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending April 13, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 29th 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, March 6, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending October 3, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the second week of the 2004-05 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 April 6, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 28th 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, March 5, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending September 26, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the first week of the 2004-05 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 25, 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. 

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending February 28, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending February 28, 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.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

News Ratings: Week Ending February 28, 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 TV Ratings: Week Ending February 28, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending February 28, 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.  

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending March 30, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 27th 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, March 1, 2021

Album Ratings: Week Ending February 25, 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 three 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 September 19, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 52nd and final 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 28, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending March 23, 2008

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 26th 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 26, 2021

Top Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: Week Ending January 31, 2021

Netflix's 'Criminal Minds' ranked as the most-watched program on the streaming services in the week ending January 31st with about 984 million minutes of watch-time. This marks the first time that an acquired program ranked atop all of streaming since the week ending Dec. 13 when 'The Office' was at the summit (1.28 billion). The next two spots both went to Netflix originals with 'Bridgerton' ranking second with 936 million minutes (this is the first full week it logged below 1 billion minutes), and the first full week of availability for 'Fate: the Winx Saga' in a close third (918 million). Also of note among originals, Disney+ saw a solid week-to-week rise from 'Wandavision' (up to 431 million from 376 million), but Netflix's 'The Night Stalker' docuseries plummeted to 321 million (from 727 million). Finally, Netflix's 'The Next Three Days' was the top-viewed streaming movie of the week with 646 million minutes. 

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending September 12, 2004

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 51st 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 25, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending February 18, 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. 

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 three 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 three 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 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.

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.