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
1972-1973CLICK TO SEE RATINGS29/29
1977-1978CLICK TO SEE RATINGS53/53
1978-1979CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1979-1980CLICK TO SEE RATINGS53/53
1980-1981CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
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 RATINGS52/52
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 RATINGS52/52
1998-1999
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
1999-2000
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS54/54
2000-2001
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS32/51
2001-2002
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS41/52
2002-2003
COMING SOON0
2003-2004
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
2004-2005
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
2005-2006
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
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 RATINGS52/52
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 RATINGS40/52
2016-2017
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS0/53
2017-2018
CLICK TO SEE RATINGS52/52
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 RATINGS52/52
2021-2022CLICK TO SEE RATINGS34

Total Weeks Archived: 1,898

Note: because of the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2000-01 TV season was pushed back a week and as a result only had 51 weeks, while the 1999-00 season had an extended 54 weeks.

18 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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  4. Are full weekly ratings before 1981 available on Los Angeles Times or some other newspaper?

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    1. With a few sporadic exceptions, the week of Apr. 13-19, 1981 was essentially the very first week that full weekly ratings were published. Prior to that, the LA Times published only the top 10 (I believe). I have the full weekly rankings (without the ratings) for most of the weeks of 1980-81 and I have the ratings for the top 20 & bottom 5 for each week of that season. Still building out ratings for earlier seasons, but I'm hoping to have the top 15 weekly programs for most of the weeks of the 1970s.

      The one exception is the 1972-73 season (Oct. 1972-Apr. 1973) where there actually are full weekly ratings available for most weeks. I will post those at some point.

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    2. Do you have numbers (rating and share) for Rhoda's wedding. On wiki it says "it had become the second most-watched television episode of all time, surpassed only by the birth of Little Ricky on I Love Lucy in 1953". I found the list of most watched TV episodes, there are few Beverly Hillbilies episodes, The Cosby Show (41.3 rating) but no Rhoda, so I assumed that numbers for that episodes weren't that high.

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    3. Hi, yes: "Rhoda's Wedding" (Oct. 28, 1974) was the top-rated program in the week ending Nov. 3, 1974. It had a 35.1 rating/51 share and 24 million households. The first-half hour did a 34.6/50 and the second half-hour did a 35.6/53

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    4. Thank you for Rhoda's wedding numbers. Do you have ratings for episodes of ST:TNG that are missing on its wiki paige: 2x3: Elementary, Dear Data, 2x4: The Outrageous Okona, 3x1: The Ensigns of Command, 4x22: Half a Life, 5x1: Redemption, Part II and 5x2: Darmok?

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    5. Hi, unfortunately I don't. I checked the source from the Wiki page and I don't know where those numbers were compiled from. I'm sure they're correct, but I don't know what the original source was. The only place I've been able to find weekly syndication ratings in that period is from the old archives of Variety magazine, and Variety did not report every single week. Also did a check of some other publications and also was unable to dig anything up. Sorry!

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  5. Hi,

    Do you have syndicated ratings from the 80s? And any daytime soap opera ratings from tbe 80s?

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    1. Hi, I have some of that data. I don't think syndicated data was reported weekly until the late 1980s and before then I believe they were only posted on a monthly bases. Is there a particular show you're looking for?

      As for soap operas, this forum: https://boards.soapoperanetwork.com/forum/46-198039s/, has the yearly average ratings for Soaps from the 1980s, but I don't think the ratings were posted on a weekly basis back then unfortunately. But again, if there's a particular show you're interested in, I can see what's available.

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  6. Yes I was interested on how well Star Search did in syndication.

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