Ratings Archive

     Welcome to my archive of Nielsen Ratings! This has been a project of mine since June of 2015, and my goal is archive all of ratings for every episode of every broadcast series and as many cable series as possible from 1998-2019. These are two arbitrary years; however, having this 21-year constraint makes this project feel possible. It's impossible for me to keep up with the daily ratings and at the same time work backwards, therefore, January 20, 2019 is the upper-bound for this archive. 

    I originally was never going to post the ratings for fall 1989 through 1997 because they were already posted over at the TV Aholics blog; however, as of mid-2020, the blog has ceased to be updated and the links to the USA Today Archives from February 4, 1991 through 1997 are all dead. I do have copies of them all and I will eventually add them all here in addition to cable ratings. I will also add continue to add weekly ratings results from the 1980s as I do have a lot of that data as well. 

     There are 2 parts of this archive, the first of which is an archive of individual program ratings, and the second of which is an archive of the weekly ratings organized by TV season. As of right now, the first archive is only being used to archive cable programs, though my current plan is to add ratings for individual broadcast programs at some point in the future. For now, www.spottedratings.com is the best resource for episode-by-episode ratings for broadcast programs. The second archive does include both broadcast and cable ratings. 

Data TypeFirst  Available
(week ending)
Full week broadcast ratings 
by Household rating
April 19, 1981
Full week broadcast ratings 
with viewership (P2+) to 1-decimal place
July 31, 1988
Cable ratings by Household rating & number of homesFebruary 22, 1993
Full week broadcast ratings 
with viewership (P2+) to 2-decimal places
January 5, 1997
Top cable ratings by total 
viewers (P2+) instead of homes
March 22, 1998
Full week broadcast ratings
with all or most 18-49 ratings
September 22, 2003
Broadcast & cable DVR ratings by viewership (P2+)August 26, 2007

Projects in-progress:
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the 2004-05 TV season
  • Broadcast, cable, & DVR for the 2007-08 TV season
  • Update the daily ratings posts from July 17 - November 25, 2015 to add broadcast ratings and 18-49 ratings for cable shows (July 17 - August 30 and September 21 - November 25, 2015 completed)
  • Broadcast, cable, & DVR ratings for the summer 2018 season (broadcast & DVR completed; cable in progress through w/e July 8)
  • Updating the Ratings Recaps to include data from 2019 and 2020

Upcoming projects (not in order):
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the summer 1999 TV season
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the summer 2009 TV season
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the 1999-00 TV season
  • Broadcast, cable, & DVR for the 2016-17 TV season
  • Broadcast ratings for the 1986-87 through 1988-89 TV seasons
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the 1996-97 and 1997-98 TV seasons

Recently completed projects:
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the 1998-99 TV season (completed: 7/6/20)
  • Broadcast ratings for the summer 1981 TV season (completed: 7/6/20)
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the 2015-16 TV season (completed: 8/26/20)
  • Broadcast, cable, & DVR for the 2008-09 TV season (completed: 8/27/20)
  • Finish the weekly broadcast and cable ratings posts for spring 2018
  •  (completed: 12/30/20)
  • Broadcast ratings for the 1981-82 TV season (completed: 1/14/21)
  • Broadcast ratings for the 1991-92 TV season (completed: 1/15/21)
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the 2006-07 TV season (completed: 1/16/21)
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the 1992-93 TV season (completed: 1/17/21)
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the 1993-94 TV season (completed: 1/19/21)
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the 1994-95 TV season (completed: 1/21/21)
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the 1995-96 TV season (completed: 1/24/21)
  • Broadcast ratings for the 1982-83 TV season (completed: 2/4/21)
  • Broadcast ratings for the 1983-84 TV season (completed: 2/7/21)
  • Broadcast & cable ratings for the 2003-04 TV season (completed: 3/1/21)
  • Broadcast ratings for the 1984-85 TV season (completed: 3/22/21)
  • Broadcast ratings for the 1985-86 TV season (completed: 5/1/21)
  • Broadcast ratings for the 1986-87 TV season (completed: 5/4/21)

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