Wikipedia:List of U.S. television ratings archives

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This is a list of U.S. weekly (or smallest available unit for time period) television ratings archives from 1948 through 1996. (Primarily Nielsen ratings)

National Nielsen ratings for United States television viewing began in March 1950. Although annual data for the Top-rated United States television programs by season is readily available online, the weekly (or bi-weekly in early years) reports are scattered in various archives and newspapers, and are generally not organized. This list is intended to include links to all publicly available weekly lists of Nielsen ratings from 1950 through 1996. (Subsequent to 1996, there have been other archives created such as that at tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com and other sites, though archive.org may need to be used to access this information. There is no reason this page cannot be expanded past 1996 if useful links can be compiled.)

If you find links to missing weeks or better/alternate links, please add to the list. Indicate how many shows are listed in the link, e.g., "(Top 10) or (Top 84)", etc.

Note that many newspapers on Google news archive are good sources for lists, though locating them often requires sifting through various papers and days, because newspapers were not compelled to publish data every week, or to publish the same information every week. When some newspapers had available space, they sometimes listed all the shows for the week. What is listed in newspaper likely also varied over time based on what information Nielsen (or competitors) were releasing at that time.

Many newspapers on newspapers.com also include Nielsen lists, but these are behind a paywall, except for the sometimes-readable OCR text on the page. Use these links only when there is no other link yet identified.

Sources used to compile this list also include materials compiled at www.tvobscurities.com/ (links included below where applicable).

In the very early years of United States TV ratings, note that radio listenership was still dominant over TV. About 0.4% of American homes had TV in 1948, rising to 55.7% in 1954 and 83.2% by 1958.[1]

1940s[edit]

1948[edit]

1949[edit]

1950s[edit]

1950[edit]

1951[edit]

1952[edit]

1953[edit]

1954[edit]

  • December 27, 1954-January 9, 1954 (Top 10) [113] (#1 I Love Lucy)
  • January 10-23, 1954 (Top 10) [114]
  • January 31-February 13, 1954 (Top 10) [115] (and other service reports)
  • February 14-27, 1954 (Top 10) [116] (#1 I Love Lucy)
  • March 1-7, 1954 (ARBITRON TOP 10) [117]

1955 (all but 3 reports)[edit]

1956[edit]

1957[edit]

1958[edit]

1959[edit]

1960s[edit]

1960[edit]

1961[edit]

1962[edit]

1963[edit]

1964[edit]

1965[edit]

1966[edit]

1967[edit]

  • December 26, 1966 - January 8, 1967 (Top 10) [308]
  • January 9-22, 1967 (Top 10) [309]
  • January 23-February 5, 1967 (Top 10) [310]
  • February 6-19, 1967 (Top 10) [311]
  • February 20-March 5, 1967 (Top 10) [312]
  • March 6-19, 1967 (Top 10) [313]
  • March 20-April 2, 1967 (Top 10) [314] (#1 The Robe (1953 film))
  • April 3-16, 1967 (Top 10) (Via Tvobscurities.com which has more lists from this time period: [315]) (#1 The Red Skelton Hour)
  • April 17-23, 1967 (no ratings - black week) [316]
  • June 19-25, 1967 (no ratings - black week) [317]
  • September 11-17, 1967 (text) [318] (#1 The Great Escape (Part II)) [319]
  • October 9-22, 1967 (Top 10) [320], p. 62 (#1 The Lucy Show)
  • November 6-19, 1967 (Top 10 - but not in order) [321], p.47
  • November ?13-19, 1967 (Top 12) [322] (#1 The Beverly Hillbillies)
  • November 20-December 3, 1967 (only #1) [323], p. 56 (#1 Tennessee Ernie Ford Special, Dec. 3)
  • December 18-24, 1967 (no ratings - black week) [324]

1968[edit]

1969[edit]

1970s[edit]

1970[edit]

1971[edit]

1972[edit]

1973[edit]

1974[edit]

1975 (all weeks)[edit]

1976 (all weeks)[edit]

1977 (all weeks)[edit]

1978 (all weeks)[edit]

1979 (all weeks)[edit]

1980s[edit]

1980 (all weeks)[edit]

1981 (all weeks)[edit]

1982 (all weeks)[edit]

1983 (all weeks)[edit]

1984 (all weeks)[edit]

1985 (all weeks)[edit]

1986 (all weeks)[edit]

1987 (all weeks)[edit]

1988 (all weeks)[edit]

1989 (all weeks)[edit]

1990s[edit]

1990 (all weeks)[edit]

1991 (all weeks)[edit]

1992 (all weeks)[edit]

  • December 30, 1991-January 5, 1992 (Top 10) [1,369] (#1 60 Minutes)
  • January 6-12, 1992
  • January 13-19, 1992
  • January 20-26, 1992
  • January 27-February 2, 1992
  • February 3-9, 1992 (Top 10) [1,370] (#1 60 Minutes)
  • February 10-16, 1992 (Top 20) [1,371] (#1 60 Minutes)
  • February 17-23, 1992 (Top 10) [1,372] (#1 1992 Winter Olympics - Friday)
  • February 24-March 1, 1992 (Top 10) [1,373] (#1 60 Minutes)
  • March 2-8, 1992 (Top 10) [1,374] (#1 60 Minutes)
  • March 9-15, 1992 (Top 96) [1,375] (#1 60 Minutes)
  • March 16-22, 1993
  • March 23-29, 1992 (Top 10) [1,376] (#1 Roseanne)
  • March 30-April 5, 1992 (Top 10) [1,377] (#1 64th Academy Awards
  • April 6-12, 1992
  • April 13-19, 1992
  • April 20-26, 1992 (Top 10) [1,378] (#1 Roseanne)
  • April 27-May 3, 1992
  • May 4-10, 1992
  • May 11-17, 1992
  • May 18-24, 1992 [1,379] (#1 Murphy Brown) (episode after Dan Quayle comments)
  • May 25-31, 1992
  • June 1-7, 1992 (Top 71) [1,380] (#1 Roseanne)
  • June 8-14, 1992
  • June 15-21, 1992
  • June 22-28, 1992
  • June 29-July 5, 1992
  • July 6-12, 1992
  • July 13-19, 1992 (Top 91) [1,381]
  • July 20-26
  • July 27-August 2, 1992 (Top 20) [1,382] (#1 1992 Summer Olympics - Thursay; Olympics took slots 1-7)
  • August 3-9, 1992
  • August 10-16, 1992
  • August 17-23, 1992
  • August 24-30, 1992 (Top 9) [1,383] (#1 48 Hours - report on Hurricane Andrew)
  • August 31-September 6, 1992
  • September 7-13, 1992
  • September 14-20, 1992 (Top 10) [1,384] (#1 Roseanne)
  • September 21-27, 1992
  • September 28-October 4, 1992
  • October 5-11, 1992
  • October 12-18, 1992
  • October 19-25, 1992 (Top 20) [1,385] or (no list, but all rankings) (#1 60 Minutes) (2-4, 6 was 1992 World Series)
  • October 26-November 1, 1992
  • November 2-8, 1992
  • November 9-15, 1992 (Top 10) [1,386]
  • November 16-22, 1992
  • November 23-29, 1992
  • November 30-December 6, 1992
  • December 7-13, 1992
  • December 14-20, 1992 (Top 10, bottom 5) [1,387]
  • December 21-27, 1992
  • December 28, 1992-January 3, 1993

1993 (all weeks)[edit]

  • January 4-10, 1993
  • January 11-17, 1993
  • January 18-24, 1993
  • January 25-31, 1993[1,388] (#1 Super Bowl XXVII)
  • February 1-7, 1993
  • February 8-14, 1993
  • February 15-21, 1993
  • February 22-28, 1993
  • March 1-7, 1993
  • March 8-14, 1993
  • March 15-21, 1993
  • March 22-28, 1993
  • March 29-April 4, 1993
  • April 5-11, 1993
  • April 12-18, 1993
  • April 19-25, 1993
  • April 26-May 2, 1993
  • May 3-9, 1993
  • May 10-16, 1993 (Top 60) [1,389] (#1 Cheers)
  • May 17-23, 1993 (Top 49) [1,390] (#1 Cheers)
  • May 24-30, 1993 (Top 84) [1,391] and (Top 20) [1,392] (#1 20th Daytime Emmy Awards
  • May 31-June 6, 1993
  • June 7-13, 1993
  • June 14-20, 1993
  • June 21-27, 1993
  • June 28-July 4, 1993
  • July 5-11, 1993 (Top 20) [1,393] (#1 Home Improvement)
  • July 12-18, 1993
  • July 19-25, 1993
  • July 26-August 1, 1993
  • August 2-August 8, 1993
  • August 9-15, 1993
  • August 16-22, 1993
  • August 23-29, 1993
  • August 30-September 5, 1993
  • September 6-12, 1993
  • September 13-19, 1993
  • September 20-26, 1993
  • September 27-October 3, 1993 (Top 20) [1,394]
  • October 4-10, 1993
  • October 11-17, 1993
  • October 18-24, 1993
  • October 25-31, 1993
  • November 1-7, 1993 (Top 97) [1,395] or (Top 10) [1,396]
  • November 8-14, 1994
  • November 15-21, 1993
  • November 22-28, 1993
  • November 29-December 5, 1993
  • December 6-12, 1993
  • December 13-19, 1993
  • December 20-26, 1993 (Top 20) [1,397]
  • December 27, 1993-January 2, 1994

1994 (all weeks)[edit]

  • January 3-9, 1994
  • January 10-16, 1994
  • January 17-23, 1994
  • January 24-30, 1994
  • January 31-February 6, 1994 (Top 10) [1,398]
  • February 7-13, 1994
  • February 21-27, 1994
  • February 28-March 6, 1994
  • March 7-13, 1994
  • March 14-20, 1994 (Top 10) [1,399]
  • March 21-27, 1994 (Top 86) [1,400]
  • March 28-April 3, 1994
  • April 4-10, 1994
  • April 11-17, 1994
  • April 18-24, 1994 (Top 89) [1,401]
  • April 25-May 1, 1994 (Top 10) [1,402]
  • May 2-8, 1994 (Top 10) [1,403]
  • May 9-15, 1994
  • May 16-22, 1994
  • May 23-29, 1994 (Top 84) [1,404]
  • May 30-June 5, 1994 (Top 87) [1,405]
  • June 6-12, 1994 (Top 91) [1,406]
  • June 13-19, 1994 (Top 92) [1,407]
  • June 20-26, 1994 (Top 89) [1,408]
  • June 27-July 3, 1994 (Top 96) [1,409]
  • July 4-10, 1994 (Top 91) [1,410]
  • July 11-17, 1994 (Top 87) [1,411]
  • July 18-24, 1994 (Top 90) [1,412]
  • July 25-31, 1994 (Top 86) [1,413]
  • August 1-7, 1994 (Top 92) [1,414]
  • August 8-14, 1994 (Top 88) [1,415] or (Top 10) [1,416]
  • August 15-21, 1994
  • August 22-28, 1994 (Top 10) [1,417]
  • August 29-September 4, 1994 (Top 89) [1,418] or (Top 10) [1,419]
  • September 5-11, 1994 (Top 86) [1,420]
  • September 12-18, 1994
  • September 19-25, 1994 (Top 92) [1,421]
  • September 26-October 2, 1994 (Top 95) [1,422]
  • October 3-9, 1994 (Top 93) [1,423]
  • October 10-16, 1994 (Top 94) [1,424]
  • October 17-23, 1994 (Top 95) [1,425]
  • October 24-30, 1994 (Top 94) [1,426]
  • October 31-November 6, 1994 (Top 88) [1,427]
  • November 7-13, 1994 (Top 88) [1,428]
  • November 14-20, 1994
  • November 21-27, 1994 (Top 81) [1,429]
  • November 28-December 4, 1994
  • December 5-11, 1994 (Top 50) [1,430] or (Top 10) [1,431] (#1 Home Improvement)
  • December 12-18, 1994
  • December 19-25, 1994 (Top 21) [1,432] or (Top 10) [1,433]
  • December 26, 1994-January 1, 1995

1995 (all weeks)[edit]

1996 (all weeks)[edit]

Post-1996[edit]

  • May require searching on Archive.org as archives at sites like tvbythenumbers.com are no longer live.
  • Sample archive.org links:

1997[edit]

  • see, e.g., [1,494]
  • January 6-12, 1997 [1,495] (#1 Seinfeld, 23.0 rating, 33 share, 34.48 million households)
  • January 13-19, 1997 [1,496] (#1 ER, 24.4 rating, 39 share, 35.85 million households)

1998[edit]

  • see, e.g., [1,497]
  • April 13-19, 1998 [1,498] (#1 ER, 20.6 rating, 33 share, 20.240 million audience)

1999[edit]

  • see, e.g., [1,499]
  • January 4-10, 1999 [1,500] (#1 ER, 21.7 rating, 34 share, 21.55 million audience)
  • January 11-17, 1999 [1,501] (#1 AFC Championship Post Game, 19.6 rating, 33.0 share, 19.49 million audience)

2000[edit]

2001[edit]

  • see, e.g., [1,508]
  • March 26-April 1, 2001 [1,509] (#1 Survivor, 16.6 rating, 26.0 share, 16,992,000 audience, 28,121,000 viewers)
  • September 10-16, 2001 - No ratings (see [No ratings "black week" [1,510]] due to September 11 attacks
  • November 5-11, 2001 (Top 20, via usatoday.com at archive.org) [1,511] (#1 ER, 17.5 rating)

2007[edit]

2010[edit]

  • December 20-26, 2010 [1,519] (#1 NCIS, 12.25 million, 7.7 rating, 13 share)

2013[edit]

2014[edit]