Sunday, May 23, 2021

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1997-98 TV Season

Below are the full weekly ratings results for the entire 1997-98 television season. There are four different sets of data posted below and there is a chart at the bottom of the post to help make clear what types of data are available in each of the season's 51 weeks. The first document includes clippings from the USA Today which have HH rating/share and viewership to 1-decimal place for every show of the week. This data was previously posted over at the TVAholics blog; however, the links are dead, so I've decided to post them here so they are at least available somewhere on the internet. USA Today clippings were not available for the weeks ending Feb. 15, 1998, Jul. 5, 1998, or Sept. 6, 1998, so HH ratings are provided from Broadcasting & Cable Magazine.

The second document includes weekly viewership results to 2-decimal places from the Los Angeles Times for every week except the week ending Jul. 12, 1998. Note that the dates listed on three of the clippings are incorrect: weeks ending Oct. 26, 1997 (mislabeled Nov. 26), Jun. 14, 1998 (mislabeled May 14), and Jul. 19, 1998 (mislabeled Jul. 12). Beginning with the week ending Mar. 22, 1998 these LA Times clippings also include the top 10 cable programs of the week based on total viewers (instead of households). 

The third document includes the weekly top basic cable ratings (based on households) from Broadcasting & Cable magazine. Note that there are a few scattered weeks in which only the top 15 basic cable ratings were available and two weeks in January in which no cable data is available. The final document includes the weekly top 5 pay cable ratings (essentially just HBO) and they are available for 28/38 weeks up until the w/e Jun. 14, 1998. Utilize the "+" icon to zoom in on any pages that are difficult to read. 


USA TODAY WEEKLY RESULTS

TWO-DECIMAL VIEWERSHIP

BASIC CABLE RATINGS

PAY CABLE RATINGS

RATINGS AVAILABLE BY WEEK
Week EndingRatingsData
Available
September 28, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
October 5, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
October 12, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
October 19, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
October 26, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 50
Top 5
November 2, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 25
Top 5
November 9, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Missing
November 16, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 15
Top 5
November 23, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 25
Top 5
November 30, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 25
Top 5
December 7, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 25
Top 5
December 14, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 15
Top 5
December 21, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 15
Top 5
December 28, 1997Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 25
Missing
January 4, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 25
Top 5
January 11, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Missing
Missing
January 18, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Missing
Missing
January 25, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 15
Missing
February 1, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 25
Top 5
February 8, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
February 15, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Missing
February 22, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
March 1, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
March 8, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
March 15, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Missing
March 22, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
Yes
March 29, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
No
April 5, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Missing
Yes
April 12, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Missing
Yes
April 19, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
Yes
April 26, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
Yes
May 3, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
Yes
May 10, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Missing
Yes
May 17, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
Yes
May 24, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
Yes
May 31, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
No
June 7, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
Yes
June 14, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
Pay cable ratings - final week
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Top 5
Yes
June 21, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 25
Yes
June 28, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Yes
July 5, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Yes
July 12, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership to 1-decimal place
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
No
July 19, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Yes
July 26, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Yes
August 2, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Yes
August 9, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Yes
August 16, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Yes
August 23, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Yes
August 30, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
Yes
September 6, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Full Week
Top 
25
No
September 13, 1998Broadcast HH rating/share
Viewership
Basic cable ratings
LA Times Cable Top 10
Full Week
Top 20
Top 
25
Yes

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

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