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 very difficult to read, so typed-out versions of the articles are provided.


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

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