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September 11, 1998
Networks sell advertising time based principally on their performance among key demographic groups, which vary based on the time of day. Ratings performance in these categories gives a rough indication of network revenues in the given time period, though profitability can vary based on programming costs and other factors. Prime Time Ratings for adults 18-49 NBC Last week: 4.2 Season to date: 6.0 * Fox Last week: 3.3 Season to date: 4.4 * ABC Last week: 3.2 Season to date: 4.4 * CBS Last week: 2.
October 15, 1988
An average 56% of the audience in 17 major cities watched the second presidential debate on the three major networks, the A.C. Nielsen Co. said Friday. Initial figures showed that Thursday's debate was seen in 13.4 million homes in the 17 cities, averaging a 37.1 rating. But the three-network rating and audience share were lower in Los Angeles, where the 90-minute debate was held. The debate was seen in 1.6 million homes here, averaged a 51% share of the audience and got a 32.3 rating.
October 24, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The World Series is looking solid in the television ratings so far, at least compared with last year. Wednesday night's Game 1, in which the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-1, drew an average of 14.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen, up 18% compared to last year's comparable game.  The Fox telecast drew also drew a household rating of 8.6, up 13% from last year. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings But keep in mind the 2012 World Series, a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers by the San Francisco Giants, was the least-watched Fall Classic ever.
October 29, 2012 | Wire reports
The San Francisco Giants' sweep of the Detroit Tigers set a record low for the World Series' television ratings. The four games on Fox averaged a 7.6 rating and 12 share, Nielsen Media Research said Monday. The previous low was an 8.4 for the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies-Tampa Bay Rays and 2010 Giants-Texas Rangers series, which each went five games. Last year's St. Louis Cardinals-Rangers World Series went seven games and built momentum to average a 10.0/16. The Giants' 2-0 win in Game 3 on Saturday earned a 6.1/11, and their 4-3, 10-inning victory in the clincher Sunday drew an 8.9/14.
Although the TV ratings system was conceived at the behest of lawmakers and was launched at a high-profile White House meeting, the actual unveiling on Thursday will occur without politicians.
October 30, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
The five Republican candidates who attended Thursday's town meeting in New Hampshire attracted almost as many television viewers as did the Democrats the night before, according to Nielsen Media Research. Aired on CNN, the GOP forum averaged 1.5 million viewers, just under the estimated 1.6 million people who watched the Democrats on Wednesday. But neither town meeting was any competition for programs that aired at the same time on other networks.
October 13, 1993
The weekly television ratings that normally appear Wednesday will be delayed until Saturday this week because of additional time needed to compile the information, the A.C. Nielsen Co. said. The delay stemmed from changes that many cable systems made in their channel lineups within the past week, a Nielsen spokesman said. The company expects to be back on its normal reporting schedule next week.
June 9, 1992 | STEVEN HERBERT
An all-Southern California matchup for the College World Series title game boosted its local television ratings 60%, while preliminary national figures were up 13.6% over a year ago, according to statistics released Monday by the A.C. Nielsen Co. Pepperdine's 3-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton Saturday drew a 3.2 rating on KCBS Channel 2. With each local rating point being equivalent to 48,751 households, it meant about 156,000 households were tuned in.
January 4, 1997 | LARRY STEWART
For the second year in a row, the Jan. 2 national championship game did not do as well in the television ratings as the tradition-rich Rose Bowl. The national Nielsen rating for Florida's 52-20 victory over Florida State in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday night on ABC was a 17.9 with a 29% share of the audience.
December 1, 1992 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
Last Friday's aftershock near Big Bear sent local television ratings jumping: An additional 645,000 households looking for news switched on their TV sets immediately following the temblor. KTLA-TV Channel 5, which was on the air with its morning news show when the quake hit just after 8 a.m., led all stations in total ratings, picking up an additional 165,000 homes after the ground shook and averaging about 420,000 homes for the first hour following the quake.
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