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March 23, 2001
Networks sell advertising time based principally on their performance among key demographic groupings, which vary based on the time of day. Ratings performance in these categories gives a rough indication of network revenue in the given period, though profitability can vary based on programming costs and other factors. Prime Time Ratings for adults 18-49 Size of group: 124 million * Sources: Nielsen Media Research, networks Note: Each rating point equals 1% of group.
January 29, 1998
Allegations surrounding President Clinton resulted in the biggest audience for a State of the Union address since the first year of his presidency. Year: Millions of viewers 1998: 53 1997: 41 1996: 41 1995: 42 1994: 46 1993: 67 Source: Nielsen Media Research
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.
February 24, 2010 | By city news service
The first full week of Winter Olympics coverage gave NBC its most-watched week since the 2008 Summer Olympics and its widest margin of victory in the prime-time ratings race during the official television season since the 2002 Winter Olympics. With the Winter Olympics accounting for seven of the week's 10 most-watched programs, NBC averaged 24.75 million viewers for its prime-time programming between Feb. 15 and Sunday. Fox Broadcasting was second, averaging 8.68 million viewers, according to figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co. NBC averaged 26 million viewers for the first 10 nights of Vancouver, Canada, Olympics coverage through Sunday, 27% more than the 20.4 million average for the 2006 Winter Games, which were held in Turin, Italy.
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.
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