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TVRG's Ratings History Library

Written Educating The Masses With Published Reports by Bridger Cunningham

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President Donald Trump's statements regarding the ratings may lead several to question the validity of the system.  However, they have remained the leading measure since 1950 to see whose eyeballs were glued to their sets each season.  TV Ratings Guide's Ratings History project came underway late in May and yielded ratings data dating back to 1964.  The project is ongoing, and much is left to complete.  However, TVRG has successfully pioneered one location where readers can see the yearly results, season by season.  Data for several seasons is insufficient, particularly prior to 1983.  In their place, the Top 30 shows have been published, along with several years such as 1965-67, 1977-78 and 1981-82 presenting partial data with rankings sans Nielsen Ratings.  This achievement broke the 1984 hard-data wall of complete ratings, pushing it back to 1964 (that report is in the works).  Thanks to old Newspaper archives, 9 of the 20 years in this range have been recovered and are now available for your reading pleasure.

Please also note a shift in measures occurred in the late 90's/early 2000's as 18-49 Adult Demographics vs. overall Household Ratings became the valued data published.  Several seasons have yet to be published and remain on the list to resume in the near future so readers may experience a complete library/vault of Ratings History.  And perhaps the President will research and enjoy an educational history lesson (stated with heartfelt satire of course....).

Ratings data available dates back to the Autumn 1950 Season, meaning America is currently in its 68th season of measured television.  As of 12.4.17 TVRG has collected 56 season of data, with 5 seasons of Top-30 posts to deliver, plus 5 full-fledged reports and one partial-data report on the way.  Enjoy the ride, and cruise one location for a landmark in television history!

1950-58 -- Color-Free, Simple Television

1950-51 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/12/1950-51-and-1951-52-top-30-nbc-rules.html
1951-52 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/12/1950-51-and-1951-52-top-30-nbc-rules.html
1952-53 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/12/1952-53-and-1953-54-top-30-cbs-gains.html
1953-54 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/12/1952-53-and-1953-54-top-30-cbs-gains.html
1954-55 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/12/1954-55-and-1955-56-top-30-cbs-manages.html
1955-56 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/12/1954-55-and-1955-56-top-30-cbs-manages.html
1956-57 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/12/1956-57-and-1957-58-top-30-cbs.html
1957-58 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/12/1956-57-and-1957-58-top-30-cbs.html

1958-64 -- Picture-Esque America and Western Skillets

1958-59 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/12/1958-59-and-1959-60-westerns-and.html
1959-60 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/12/1958-59-and-1959-60-westerns-and.html
1960-61 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/12/1960-61-and-1961-62-top-30-rise-and.html
1961-62 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/12/1960-61-and-1961-62-top-30-rise-and.html
1962-63 COMING SOON
1963-64 COMING SOON

1964-71 -- Westerns, Sitcom Silliness and Variety

1964-65 COMING SOON
1965-66 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/09/1965-66-ratings-history.html
1966-67 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/09/1966-67-ratings-history-early-50s.html
1967-68 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/11/1967-68-top-30-cbs-reigns-as-nbc-and.html
1968-69 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/11/1968-69-top-30-nbc-gives-cbs-challenge.html
1969-70 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/11/1969-70-top-30-cbs-marks-its-15th.html
1970-71 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1970-71-top-30-rural-purge-shoots.html

1971-76 -- A Play For Social Relevance

1971-72 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1971-72-ratings-fallout-of-rural-purge.html
1972-73 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1972-73-top-30-unwarranted-religious.html
1973-74 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1973-74-top-30-abc-wrangles-10-entries.html
1974-75 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1974-75-top-30-gunsmoke-ends-20-year.html
1975-76 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1975-76-top-30-tv-ratings-123-1st-times.html

1976-84 -- Fantasy, Sauciness and Suds

1976-77 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1976-77-top-30-ratings-new-record-as.html
1977-78 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1977-78-top-30-ratings-abc-does-its.html
1978-79 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1978-79-top-30-ratings-abc-enjoys.html
1979-80 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1979-80-top-30-ratings-cbs-reclaims-1st.html
1980-81 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1980-81-top-30-cbs-rules-top-abc-comes.html
1981-82 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1981-82-top-30-primetime-is-awash-in.html
1982-83 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1982-83-top-30-soap-bubbles-rise.html
1983-84 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/09/1983-84-ratings-history-networks-are.html

1984-92 -- Sitcoms Place Family First

1984-85 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/06/1984-85-season-nielsens-nbc-breaks-its.html
1985-86 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/06/1985-86-nielsens-nbc-bubbles-to-new.html
1986-87 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/06/ratings-history-1986-87-edition-overall.html
1987-88 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/06/ratings-history-1987-88-downward-trends.html
1988-89 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1988-89-ratings-history-wga-writers.html
1989-90 COMING SOON
1990-91 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1990-91-ratings-history-abc-reclaims.html
1991-92 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1991-92-ratings-history-political.html

1992-99 -- Sophistication and NBC Prominance

1992-93 COMING SOON
1993-94 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1993-94-ratings-history-abc-sitcoms-go.html
1994-95 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1994-95-ratings-history-abc-again-in.html
1995-96 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1995-96-ratings-history-nbc-reclaims.html
1996-97 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/1996-97-ratings-history-no-changes-in.html
1997-98 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/1997-98-ratings-history-nbc-in-front.html
1998-99  http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/06/ratings-history-1998-99-edition.html

1999-2004 -- Competition of Reality and Games

1999-00 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/ratings-history-1999-2000-gameshow.html
2000-01 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/ratings-history-2000-01-survivor.html
2001-02 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2001-02-ratings-history-reality-tv.html
2002-03 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/07/2002-03-scorecard-power-struggles-rope.html
2003-04 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2003-04-ratings-history-new-records-as.html

2004-10 -- Reality Checks and ABC Resurgence

2004-05 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2004-05-ratings-history-abc-builds.html
2005-06 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2005-06-ratings-history-upn-and-wb-take.html
2006-07 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/11/2006-07-ratings-history-first-season-of.html
2007-08 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/09/2007-08-ratings-history-wga-strike.html
2008-09 COMING SOON
2009-10 COMING SOON

2010-17 -- Reality Bites and Sitcom Resurgence

2010-11 COMING SOON
2011-12 COMING SOON
2012-13 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/09/2012-13-ratings-history-cbs-and-nbc.html
2013-14 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/09/2013-14-ratings-history.html
2014-15 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2014-15-ratings-history-abc-experiences.html
2015-16 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2015-16-ratings-history-abcs-brief.html
2016-17 http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/08/2016-17-ratings-history-nbc-makes.html
2017-18 COMING SOON