Friday, December 31, 2021

2021 in review

    As 2021 comes to a close, I just wanted to say a few words regarding where this blog is at right now and where we're heading in the future. I am just 1 person and I've been running this blog solo for the last year while being a full-time college student and having a job. I do it because I really enjoy tracking the Nielsen ratings and because I'm committed to building a comprehensive Nielsen ratings archive. 

    I experimented with posting Music Industry data this year as well because I became interested in the data in late 2020, but I've recently lost that spark, so I'm going to be limiting the scope of the data I post to just 1 post per week with the Billboard Top 10 albums (and items of note below the top 10) and the top songs on top 40 radio. The last week of full data to be posted will be the week ending Dec. 30, 2021. Going forward, I'm hoping to reclaim some of that time and reallocate it to working on old TV ratings weeks.

    A very welcome development this year was being given access to the full weekly cable ratings data courtesy of DarkUFO over at SpoilerTV. Having this data has made it so much easier for me to track the lower-rated cable shows I'm interested in and has made it so much more efficient to do the weekly cable ratings recap post. I remain unsure how long I will continue to have access to the data, but as long as I do then I will happily still respond to any requests.

    I have big plans and big goals for 2022 which include (at the very least) finishing the 1999-00, 2000-01, 2005-06, 2009-10, and 2010-11 seasons. If I can do even more than that then I will certainly put in the effort to do that. Additionally, I am planning to put more of an emphasis on streaming ratings. Right now that is being done with the weekly Nielsen (SVOD) top 10 lists, but I soon hope to incorporate Netflix's global top 10 lists as well in some way.

    Underscoring everything though is college. I am entering my final semester of college this spring and obviously that is going to be my top priority: both academically and socially. I feel like I did a pretty good job at balancing everything in 2021 and I hope to bring that same balance into 2022. 

Ryan

Song Ratings: Week Ending December 23, 2021

Below is a breakdown of the top songs in the week ending December 23, 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 chart based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 50 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales and streaming consumption (based on total revenue generated), the top 40 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay according to Nielsen, and an additional radio chart with the top 50 songs of the week according to Mediabase. 

Album Ratings: Week Ending December 23, 2021

Below is a breakdown of the top albums in the week ending December 23, 2021. Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard charts 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 Billboard (and usually a small select number albums below the top 10). The 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.

Nielsen SVOD Ratings: Amazon Prime Video Originals

Below is an archive of Nielsen streaming/video-on-demand (SVOD) ratings organized by program title (A-Z). This post in particular includes only Amazon Prime Video programs that are listed as "originals," but there are/will be also posts for "acquired" programs, and for "original" programs from other platforms. These tables include every single week of SVOD data that Nielsen has put out since the week of Aug. 3-9, 2020 and also includes three weeks of data from March 2020 (w/e Mar. 15th, Mar. 22th, & Mar. 29th) that were also made available by Nielsen. The first sheet is an index which lists of all of the available shows with data, how many weeks each has appeared in the Nielsen chart, as well as both the most-recent week they've appeared and the first week they appeared. Each show page can be accessed by clicking its hyperlink at the top of the sheet. (This is not the prettiest organization in the world, but it's the best that can be done as of right now).

Nielsen SVOD Ratings: Hulu Originals

Below is an archive of Nielsen streaming/video-on-demand (SVOD) ratings organized by program title (A-Z). This post in particular includes only Hulu programs that are listed as "originals," but there are/will be also posts for "acquired" programs, and for "original" programs from other platforms. These tables include every single week of SVOD data that Nielsen has put out since the week of Aug. 3-9, 2020 though Hulu did not make its first appearance until the w/e Mar. 28, 2021. The first sheet is an index which lists of all of the available shows with data, how many weeks each has appeared in the Nielsen chart, as well as both the most-recent week they've appeared and the first week they appeared. Each show page can be accessed by clicking its hyperlink at the top of the sheet. (This is not the prettiest organization in the world, but it's the best that can be done as of right now).

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Nielsen SVOD Ratings: Netflix Originals (first charting in 2021)

Below is an archive of Nielsen streaming/video-on-demand (SVOD) ratings organized by program title (A-Z). This post in particular includes only Netflix programs that had their first appearance on the charts in 2021. There are simply too many different Netflix programs to include all of the originals in one table, so they are being divided by the year they first appeared on the chart. There is another post for Netflix "originals" that first charted in 2020, and there are additional posts for "acquired" programs, and for "original" programs from other platforms. These tables include every single week of SVOD data that Nielsen has put out since the week of Aug. 3-9, 2020 and also includes three weeks of data from March 2020 (w/e Mar. 15th, Mar. 22th, & Mar. 29th) that were also made available by Nielsen. The first sheet is an index which lists of all of the available shows with data, how many weeks each has appeared in the Nielsen chart, as well as both the most-recent week they've appeared and the first week they appeared. Each show page can be accessed by clicking its hyperlink at the top of the sheet. (This is not the prettiest organization in the world, but it's the best that can be done as of right now).

Nielsen SVOD Ratings: Netflix Originals (first charting in 2020)

Below is an archive of Nielsen streaming/video-on-demand (SVOD) ratings organized by program title (A-Z). This post in particular includes only Netflix programs that had their first appearance on the charts in 2020. There are simply too many different Netflix programs to include all of the originals in one table, so they are being divided by the year they first appeared on the chart. There is another post for Netflix "originals" that first charted in 2021, and there are additional posts but for "acquired" programs, and for "original" programs from other platforms. These tables include every single week of SVOD data that Nielsen has put out since the week of Aug. 3-9, 2020 and also includes three weeks of data from March 2020 (w/e Mar. 15th, Mar. 22th, & Mar. 29th) that were also made available by Nielsen. The first sheet is an index which lists of all of the available shows with data, how many weeks each has appeared in the Nielsen chart, as well as both the most-recent week they've appeared and the first week they appeared. Each show page can be accessed by clicking its hyperlink at the top of the sheet. (This is not the prettiest organization in the world, but it's the best that can be done as of right now).

Nielsen SVOD Ratings: Disney+ Originals Archive

Below is an archive of Nielsen streaming/video-on-demand (SVOD) ratings organized by program title (A-Z). This post in particular includes only Disney+ programs that are listed as "originals," but there are/will be also posts for "acquired" programs, and for "original" programs from other platforms. These tables include every single week of SVOD data that Nielsen has put out since the week of Aug. 3-9, 2020 though Disney+ did not make its first appearance until the w/e Sept. 6, 2020 ("Mulan"). The first sheet is an index which lists of all of the available shows with data, how many weeks each has appeared in the Nielsen chart, as well as both the most-recent week they've appeared and the first week they appeared. Each show page can be accessed by clicking its hyperlink at the top of the sheet. (This is not the prettiest organization in the world, but it's the best that can be done as of right now).

Nielsen SVOD Ratings: Acquired Programs Archive

Below is an archive of Nielsen streaming/video-on-demand (SVOD) ratings organized by program title (A-Z). This post in particular includes only programs that are listed as "acquired" or "licensed" but there are/will be also posts for "original" programs on each of the measured streaming platforms. These tables include every single week of SVOD data that Nielsen has put out since the week of Aug. 3-9, 2020 and also includes three weeks of data from March 2020 (w/e Mar. 15th, Mar. 22th, & Mar. 29th) that were also made available by Nielsen. The first sheet is an index which lists of all of the available shows with data, how many weeks each has appeared in the Nielsen chart, as well as both the most-recent week they've appeared and the first week they appeared. Each show page can be accessed by clicking its hyperlink at the top of the sheet. (This is not the prettiest organization in the world, but it's the best that can be done as of right now).

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

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

Below are the weekly streaming/video-on-demand (SVOD) ratings for the week ending November 21, 2021. The chart below includes the top 10 original programs, top 10 movies, and top 10 acquired programs from Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV+ measured on total minutes of watch-time. The data represents only viewing within the U.S. and comes from Nielsen Media Research.

Amazon Prime's 'The Wheel of Time' launched atop the weekly chart, scoring over 1.16 billion minutes of watch-time in its first 3 days of availability. This easily out-did the second season launch of Netflix's 'Tiger King' which began with 685 million minutes in its first 5 days (it was released on Tuesday of the tracking week). This is down from the first season launch which logged 760 million minutes in its first 3 days back in March 2020. On the movie-front, Netflix's 'Red Notice' delivered an additional 1.71 billion minutes in its second week (from 1.84 billion its first week) to lead that chart, while Disney+'s 'Shang Chi' ranked just below with 878 million minutes in its second outing (from 1.07 billion). Finally, on the acquired front, 'Cocomelon' led for a fourth consecutive week.

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending December 19, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending December 19, 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 March 19, 2000

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 26th week of the 1999-00 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 bottom charts include data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending April 18, 2010

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 30th week of the 2009-10 television broadcast season. The first chart includes final household, 18-49, and 25-54 ratings, as well final viewership figures (most to three digits) for all first-run broadcast programs that aired during the weekThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week, and the final charts include time-shifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable programs (if available). Note: most reruns are excluded from these charts.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Top Streaming (SVOD) Ratings: w/e August 15 - November 14, 2021

Throughout the fall TV season, I unfortunately forgot to continue posting the weekly streaming ratings, so I have about 3 months worth of this data piled up that I'm just going to post altogether right here. Netflix's 'Outer Banks' led among original for an additional 2 weeks in August (for a total of 4) and then was replaced by 'Clickbait' (also Netflix) in the week ending Aug. 29th which then ruled the summit for 2 more weeks. 'Lucifer' managed just 1 week atop before being outdone by Netflix's behemoth 'Squid Game' which reached #1 in the tracking week ended Sept. 26th with a huge 1.91 billion minutes of watch-time. 'Squid Game' held the top spot for 4 weeks, reaching as high as 3.26 billion & 3.02 billion minutes in its second & third weeks, and then 2.25 billion in its fourth. A new season of 'You' pushed that program to #1 in the week ending Oct. 24th (2.68 billion) and it stayed atop for 3 weeks before being replaced by 'Narcos: Mexico' in the week ending Nov. 14th (769 million to 675 million). 

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending June 4, 2006

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 37th week of the 2005-06 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 12, 2000

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 25th week of the 1999-00 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 bottom charts include data for cable programs that aired this week.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Weekly Nielsen Ratings: 1980-81 TV Season

UPDATED 2022: the 6 weeks that previously had only the top 15 ratings available now have the top 20 available. Merry Christmas! I previously posted full ratings for summer 1981, but to celebrate the holiday season this year, I decided to fill out the entire 1980-81 season with all of the data I have. So I've removed the old post and all of those scans are available here. 

Below are the weekly Nielsen ratings results for the 1980-81 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 778,000 (through w/e June 28) or 799,000 (w/e July 5 onward) as that is what 1 rating point represents. 

Full weekly household ratings for every show are available beginning with the week ending April 19, 1981 (from the Los Angeles Times), but only partial results are available prior to that point. Some weeks have only the top 20 weekly ratings (from Newsday), but most other weeks have the weekly top 20 and bottom 5 ratings (from Broadcasting Magazine). Additionally, the second document includes full rankings (without ratings) which are available for every week except for w/e Sept. 21, 1980, Dec. 7, 1980, Dec. 21, 1980, Jan. 4, 1981, and Jan. 11, 1981 (from the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram). Also note: the rankings for the w/e Dec. 28, 1980 is mislabeled as "Jan. 22-28".

Friday, December 24, 2021

Evening News Ratings: 2001

Merry Christmas Eve! Below are the weekly average viewership and 25-54 ratings for the evening news programs that aired on ABC, CBS, and NBC in 2001. Note that no 25-54 data was available for the week ending July 20th; and no viewership data was available for the week ending September 7th. No data at all is available for the week ending September 14th as Nielsen did not release any weekly report out of respect for the events of September 11, 2001 that week. 

Song Ratings: Week Ending December 16, 2021

Below is a breakdown of the top songs in the week ending December 16, 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 chart based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 50 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales and streaming consumption (based on total revenue generated), the top 40 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay according to Nielsen, and an additional radio chart with the top 50 songs of the week according to Mediabase. 

Album Ratings: Week Ending December 16, 2021

Below is a breakdown of the top albums in the week ending December 16, 2021. Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard charts 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 Billboard (and usually a small select number albums below the top 10). The 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.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

The Wire (HBO): Ratings Recap

HBO's 'The Wire' premiered June 2, 2002 to 3.7 million viewers and remained at around the 3 million figure for the first few episodes before gaining a strong 'Sex and the City' lead-in on July 21, 2002 which helped it soar into high-3 millions/low-4 millions for the rest of its inaugural season. A second season aired in 2003 with the same 'Sex' lead-in and the ratings actually saw a nice year-to-year rise: averaging 3.73 million viewers vs. 3.43 million in 2002. The show's first real test came in 2004's third season which was the first to air without a strong lead-in. That season began with just 1.83 million viewers - a far cry from the 4.48 million for the second season closer - and averaged just around 1.5 million viewers. Despite this, the show was renewed for a fourth season which aired in 2006 and saw a slight increase in viewership (to 1.6 million on-average), but this gain was erased by the time the fifth season aired in 2008. That final season saw viewership fall to a new low of 534,000 and the season as a whole averaged under 1 million viewers. Note: the only ratings figures available for the fourth season (2006) were for the premiere, finale, and season-average. Also note: averages in the seasons 3, 4, and 5 table come from official published sources and are not calculated from the available data.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending March 5, 2000

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 24th week of the 1999-00 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 bottom charts include data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending April 11, 2010

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 29th week of the 2009-10 television broadcast season. The first chart includes final household, 18-49, and 25-54 ratings, as well final viewership figures (most to three digits) for all first-run broadcast programs that aired during the weekThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week, and the final charts include time-shifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable programs (if available). Note: most reruns are excluded from these charts.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending May 28, 2006

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 36th week of the 2005-06 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 27, 2000

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 23rd week of the 1999-00 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 bottom charts include data for cable programs that aired this week.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending April 4, 2010

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 28th week of the 2009-10 television broadcast season. The first chart includes final household, 18-49, and 25-54 ratings, as well final viewership figures (most to three digits) for all first-run broadcast programs that aired during the weekThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week, and the final charts include time-shifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable programs (if available). Note: most reruns are excluded from these charts.

The 4400 (USA): Ratings Recap

USA Network's 'The 4400' premiered July 11, 2004 to a 2.8/8 adults 18-49 rating/share and 7.41 million viewers which, at the time, were the biggest debut numbers for a basic cable series in history. The record was previously held by 'The Dead Zone' which snagged 6.438 million viewers in 2002, and was broken again by TNT's 'Raising the Bar' which scored 7.7 million viewers for its 2008 premiere. The show did really well throughout its short 5-episode first season - averaging 2.91 million adults 18-49 (2.1 rating) and 5.89 million viewers - so it was renewed for a second season. The second season aired in summer 2005 and despite starting very solid (5.25 million), it soon tumbled down to 3.2 million, and averaged about 3.54 million viewers and 2.07 million adults 18-49 (1.6 rating). The third season (2006) continued the downward trajectory, managing 1.77 million adults 18-49 (1.4 rating) & 3.22 million viewers, and the fourth season (2007) tumbled all the way down to 2.1 million on-average. The show concluded September 16, 2007 having aired a total of 44 episodes. Note: the viewership and 18-49 season averages come from official published sources and are a reflection of the full seasons.

Wakefield (Showtime): Ratings Recap

'Wakefield' is an Australian TV show which aired from April 18, 2021 to June 6, 2021 on ABC TV in Australia; it premiered to 309,000 viewers and concluded with 203,000. In the U.S., the show premiered October 18, 2021 on Showtime to a dead zero adults 18-49 rating (4,000 in the demo) and just 30,000 viewers. The show saw some solid growth in viewership - up to 66,000 by episode 4 - but was completely stagnant in 18-49 - hitting as high as a rounded 0.01 twice. It concluded Dec. 6, 2021 to 45,000 viewers and averaged 49,000 over the course of its 8 episodes. There is no word yet on a second season.

News Ratings: Week Ending December 12, 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 the daily ratings for six hours of evening/night ratings (6pm-12am) on four cable news networks: CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NewsNation. The chart below has four columns of data: the first includes 18-49 ratings, the second and third include viewership among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 (presented in thousands), and the final column includes total viewership (also in thousands),  Data only goes from Monday-Friday as I do not track weekend news ratings.

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending December 12, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending December 12, 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. There is a separate post with cable news ratings from this week.

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending December 12, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending December 12, 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.  

Toonami (Adult Swim) Ratings: December 11, 2021

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the Adult Swim programming line-up Toonami from December 11th/12th. Included below are the ratings for the 11:30pm lead-in program and then the eight half-hours ending at 4am. Viewership is expressed in thousands.

Top 200 Cable Reruns: Week Ending December 12, 2021

Below are the Nielsen ratings for top 200 cable programs listed as reruns for the week ending December 12, 2021. Reruns are excluded from the regular weekly cable post, but since there is still value in how these programs perform, this data will be posted whenever it is made available to me. Chart is sorted by 18-49 rating and viewership is presented in thousands.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending February 20, 2000

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 22nd week of the 1999-00 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 bottom charts include data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending May 21, 2006

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 35th week of the 2005-06 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, December 18, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending May 14, 2006

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 34th week of the 2005-06 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 28, 2010

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 27th week of the 2009-10 television broadcast season. The first chart includes final household, 18-49, and 25-54 ratings, as well final viewership figures (most to three digits) for all first-run broadcast programs that aired during the weekThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week, and the final charts include time-shifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable programs (if available). Note: most reruns are excluded from these charts.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending February 13, 2000

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 21st week of the 1999-00 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 bottom charts include data for cable programs that aired this week.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending May 7, 2006

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 33rd week of the 2005-06 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 December 9, 2021

Below is a breakdown of the top songs in the week ending December 9, 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 chart based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 50 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales and streaming consumption (based on total revenue generated), the top 40 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay according to Nielsen, and an additional radio chart with the top 50 songs of the week according to Mediabase. 

Album Ratings: Week Ending December 9, 2021

Below is a breakdown of the top albums in the week ending December 9, 2021. Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard charts 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 Billboard (and usually a small select number albums below the top 10). The 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.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending February 6, 2000

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 20th week of the 1999-00 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 bottom charts include data for cable programs that aired this week.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending April 30, 2006

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 32nd week of the 2005-06 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 21, 2010

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 26th week of the 2009-10 television broadcast season. The first chart includes final household, 18-49, and 25-54 ratings, as well final viewership figures (most to three digits) for all first-run broadcast programs that aired during the weekThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week, and the final charts include time-shifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable programs (if available). Note: most reruns are excluded from these charts.

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending January 30, 2000

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 19th week of the 1999-00 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 bottom charts include data for cable programs that aired this week.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending April 23, 2006

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 31st week of the 2005-06 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.

News Ratings: Week Ending December 5, 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 the daily ratings for six hours of evening/night ratings (6pm-12am) on four cable news networks: CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NewsNation. The chart below has four columns of data: the first includes 18-49 ratings, the second and third include viewership among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 (presented in thousands), and the final column includes total viewership (also in thousands),  Data only goes from Monday-Friday as I do not track weekend news ratings.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending December 5, 2021

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending December 5, 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. There is a separate post with cable news ratings from this week.  

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending December 5, 2021

Below is a recap of the broadcast TV ratings for the week ending December 5, 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.  

Audience Breakdown: USA Network Programs w/e Dec. 5, 2021

I've seen some discourse the past week about USA Network's programming performance; in particular the age breakdown of certain shows, so I wanted to dig into it a bit for the week of data I just received. Below are the top 50 programs (by adults 18-49) that aired on USA in the week of Nov. 29 - Dec. 5 and an age breakdown of their viewership. Included below: the percentage of the total audience that was 18-49 and the percentage of the audience that was over 55. In the 18-49 column, the larger percentages correlate to darker green and in the 55+ column, smaller percentages correlate to darker green. I did also include the figures for 3 lower-rated USA originals this week that did not make the top 50.

Some things that immediately popped out:
  • "Chucky" is doing quite well! Nearly half (155K) of its total audience (313K) was adults 18-49, and only 119K were adults over 55. And this trend can also be seen in its reruns throughout the week. The Monday 11:59pm rerun was at 55.22% 18-49, and both the 1:00am & 2:00am reruns that followed were at 50.00%. It is easily USA's youngest-skewing program.
  • "WWE NXT" is skewing a bit older than Monday's "WWE Raw". "NXT" logged 191K adults 18-49 this week and 369K adults 55+. "Raw" did 593K adults 18-49 over its 3 hours and 839K adults 55+.
  • "The Sinner" skews so old! This week the show managed only 82K adults 18-49, but had 320K adults 55+. Absolutely abysmal numbers, though actually not the worst on USA. That honor belongs to "Joel Osteen" (Sunday, 8:30am) which was at 8.97% in adults 18-49 and 80% in P55+.

Top 200 Cable Reruns: Week Ending December 4, 2021

Below are the Nielsen ratings for top 200 cable programs listed as reruns for the week ending December 4, 2021. Reruns are excluded from the regular weekly cable post, but since there is still value in how these programs perform, this data will be posted whenever it is made available to me. Chart is sorted by 18-49 rating and viewership is presented in thousands.

Toonami (Adult Swim) Ratings: December 4, 2021

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the Adult Swim programming line-up Toonami from December 4th/5th. Included below are the ratings for the 11:30pm lead-in program and then the eight half-hours ending at 4am. Viewership is expressed in thousands.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending March 14, 2010

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 25th week of the 2009-10 television broadcast season. The first chart includes final household, 18-49, and 25-54 ratings, as well final viewership figures (most to three digits) for all first-run broadcast programs that aired during the weekThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week, and the final charts include time-shifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable programs (if available). Note: most reruns are excluded from these charts.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending January 23, 2000

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 18th week of the 1999-00 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 bottom charts include data for cable programs that aired this week.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending December 2, 2021

Below is a breakdown of the top songs in the week ending December 2, 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 chart based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 50 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales and streaming consumption (based on total revenue generated), the top 40 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay according to Nielsen, and an additional radio chart with the top 50 songs of the week according to Mediabase. 

Album Ratings: Week Ending December 2, 2021

Below is a breakdown of the top albums in the week ending December 2, 2021. Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard charts 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 Billboard (and usually a small select number albums below the top 10). The 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.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending April 16, 2006

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 30th week of the 2005-06 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 16, 2000

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 17th week of the 1999-00 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 bottom charts include data for cable programs that aired this week.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending April 9, 2006

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 29th week of the 2005-06 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 7, 2010

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 24th week of the 2009-10 television broadcast season. The first chart includes final household, 18-49, and 25-54 ratings, as well final viewership figures (most to three digits) for all first-run broadcast programs that aired during the weekThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week, and the final charts include time-shifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable programs (if available). Note: most reruns are excluded from these charts.

Monday, December 6, 2021

News Ratings: Week Ending November 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 the daily ratings for six hours of evening/night ratings (6pm-12am) on four cable news networks: CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NewsNation. The chart below has four columns of data: the first includes 18-49 ratings, the second and third include viewership among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 (presented in thousands), and the final column includes total viewership (also in thousands),  Data only goes from Monday-Friday as I do not track weekend news ratings.

Cable TV Ratings: Week Ending November 28, 2021

Note: beginning this week, cable sports ratings will not be separated into a second chart.

Below is a recap of the cable TV ratings for the week ending November 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. 
There is a separate post with cable news ratings from this week.

Broadcast TV Ratings: Week Ending November 28, 2021

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

Top 200 Cable Reruns: Week Ending November 28, 2021

Below are the Nielsen ratings for top 200 cable programs listed as reruns for the week ending November 28, 2021. Reruns are excluded from the regular weekly cable post, but since there is still value in how these programs perform, this data will be posted whenever it is made available to me. Chart is sorted by 18-49 rating and viewership is presented in thousands.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending January 9, 2000

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 16th week of the 1999-00 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 bottom charts include data for cable programs that aired this week.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Song Ratings: Week Ending November 25, 2021

Below is a breakdown of the top songs in the week ending November 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 chart based on three major metrics: sales, streaming, and airplay. Below are three charts: the top 50 songs of the week based on total U.S. sales and streaming consumption (based on total revenue generated), the top 40 songs of the week based on U.S. pop radio airplay according to Nielsen, and an additional radio chart with the top 50 songs of the week according to Mediabase. 

Album Ratings: Week Ending November 25, 2021

Below is a breakdown of the top albums in the week ending November 25, 2021. Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard charts 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 Billboard (and usually a small select number albums below the top 10). The 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 February 28, 2010

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 23rd week of the 2009-10 television broadcast season. The first chart includes final household, 18-49, and 25-54 ratings, as well final viewership figures (most to three digits) for all first-run broadcast programs that aired during the weekThe second chart includes data for cable programs that aired this week, and the final charts include time-shifted DVR ratings for both broadcast and cable programs (if available). Note: most reruns are excluded from these charts.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending April 2, 2006

Below are the Nielsen ratings for the 28th week of the 2005-06 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.