Ratings Archive by Season

Click on a Year to see a list of all its archived weeks on this blog.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SECTION IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND IS BEING CONSTANTLY UPDATED

FULL TV SEASONS

SeasonRatingsWeeks
Archived
Summer 1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGS22/22
1981-1982CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1982-1983CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1983-1984CLICK TO SEE RATINGS53/53
1984-1985CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1985-1986CLICK TO SEE RATINGS53/53
1986-1987CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1987-1988CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1988-1989CLICK TO SEE RATINGS8/52
1989-1990
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1990-1991
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS53/53
1991-1992
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1992-1993
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1993-1994
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1994-1995
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1995-1996
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1996-1997CLICK TO SEE RATINGS53/53
1997-1998CLICK TO SEE RATINGS51/51
1998-1999
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS53/53
1999-2000
COMING SOON0
2000-2001
COMING SOON0
2001-2002
COMING SOON0
2002-2003
COMING SOON0
2003-2004
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
2004-2005
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS42/52
2005-2006
COMING SOON0
2006-2007
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS53/53
2007-2008
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
2008-2009
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
2009-2010
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS0/52
2010-2011
COMING SOON0
2011-2012
COMING SOON0
2012-2013
COMING SOON0
2013-2014
COMING SOON0
2014-2015
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS17/52
2015-2016
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS35/52
2016-2017
COMING SOON0/53
2017-2018
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS49/52
Fall 2018
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS16/17
No Ratings from Jan. 21, 2019 thru May 24, 2020
Summer 2020CLICK TO SEE RATINGS17/17
2020-2021CLICK TO SEE RATINGS35

Total Weeks Archived (not including 2020-21 season): 1,303

9 comments:

  1. I have nielsen ratings for entire 1985-86 and 86 TV season but unfortunately I can't find viewership numbers for 87-88 and 88-89 TV season.

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    1. I believe the first time that viewership figures were available in USA Today was the week ending July 31, 1988 which would be the very end of the 1987-88 season. I think I have the HH ratings/shares for the 1985-86, 1986-87, and 1987-88 seasons, but for 1988-89, I need to get to a library at some point to grab those USA Todays on microfilm, but can't do that yet until COVID restrictions go away unfortunately.

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  2. I have viewership numbers for premiere week of 87-88 TV season (both Cosby and ADW had 43.4 million viewers) and HH rating/share (but without number of viewers). Data for both weeks are from USA Today.

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    1. Hi, if you are willing to share your data, please feel free to email me at: consultantsmtl@gmail.com. I don't have any USA Todays prior to Sept 1989, so anything you have would be very helpful. I just put together & posted the weekly results for 1985-86. They are all in HH because that's all I have, but if you have the viewership numbers for those years (I didn't think those were available?), I'd love to have those as well.

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    2. Viewership numbers started with 1987-88 season, I'll send you HH and shares for 1986-87 TV season and first 2 weeks from 87-88 from USA Today. I can't access ProQuest therefore I can't get my hand on USA Today articles on nielsen ratings for 87-88 and 88-89 TV season.

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    3. Wow! Since Cheers was on the same day as Cosby's premiere of that season, do you mind sharing how many viewers the season 6 premiere of Cheers had? Assuming the data exists of course.

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    4. Hi, please note that the viewership for the 1987-88 TV season does not come from Nielsen. Nielsen did not begin releasing viewership figures until July 1988, so for the 1987-88 season USA Today used viewership from a different company called AGB Television Research. With that being said, on September 25, 1987 "Cheers" had 37.4 million viewers (AGB) and a 28.4/44 HH rating (Nielsen).

      I have not published data for the 1987-88 season yet because I have not yet decided whether or not to include the AGB numbers. I am inclined not to because I want all the data here to be from Nielsen, but I may change my mind on that, so we'll see. In the meantime, if there are any additional numbers you want from either 1987-88 or 1988-89, just let me know!

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  3. Thanks for the info! I can understand why you would not want to include them, as it's best to have a consistent source.

    With that being said, I certainly wish you'd reconsider. After all, AGB was the only source for viewership for the 1987-1988 season, so in that case, we wouldn't really have another choice (Nielsen) to compare against.

    Now, I wonder, how come the total viewers for the M*A*S*H finale, for example, are known? Was that calculated by a different source than Nielsen? Cause if it was Nielsen, were they only doing so for big events? Just something I have been wondering.

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    1. If I recall correctly, Nielsen didn't launch the people meter until 1987 so all viewership figures prior to that would be purely estimates derived from the total number of households. So for M*A*S*H finale, the ~106 million figure is an estimate of the average viewers and the ~121 million figure is an estimate of the total number of unduplicated viewers I believe.

      And yeah I hear what you're saying. If you want the AGB figures included then I can certainly do that with a clarification included in the post. The only issue is that I don't actually have the physical USA Today clippings from either 1987-88 or 1988-89, just the raw data in a digital format on Excel, so it will take some time to format correctly and then figure out how to best present it. I will probably pick up working on that when I finish up with the summer 1999 weeklys.

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