January 4, 1997 |
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 |
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.
July 13, 1994 |
Newsmagazines made another strong showing in the television ratings last week, led by "60 Minutes," which topped the popularity list released Tuesday by the A. C. Nielsen Co. The long-running CBS series was seen in 14.6 million homes on Sunday night. Other newsmagazines finishing among the week's Top 20 were ABC's "20/20," "PrimeTime Live" and "Turning Point," and two installments of "Dateline NBC."
June 21, 1994 |
O.J. Simpson's flight from police and his subsequent capture in front of his home last Friday earned bonanza television ratings, attracting almost as many viewers locally as last year's brush fires and the 1992 Los Angeles riots, according to figures released Monday by station researchers and the A. C. Nielsen Co.
July 30, 2001 |
With the possible exception of David Duval, nothing in the world of golf is hotter than the sand in the bunkers at Bighorn, which is pretty much guaranteed to melt the soles of your shoes. The temperature for the third Battle at Bighorn late this afternoon is going to be high, we know that, but the actual reason there is even a third edition is the chance that the television ratings are going to be right up there too.
February 2, 1999 |
Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, which was essentially over early in the second half, drew one of the worst Super Bowl TV ratings. Fox's 3-hour 20-minute telecast of Denver's 34-19 victory got a 40.2 national rating, the lowest since 1990, and a 61 share, which matched the lowest for the Super Bowl. San Francisco's 55-10 victory over Denver in 1990 drew a 39.0, which was the lowest since Super Bowl III in 1969 got a 36.0.
June 20, 2000 |
It didn't matter that there was never a doubt who would win. The average overnight rating for Sunday's final round of the U.S. Open was the highest ever for an Open--an 8.8 with a 21 share of the audience. In L.A., the numbers were 8.7/23 for Tiger Woods' 15-stroke victory. An overnight rating represents 48 of the nation's largest markets, or 63% of the country. National ratings will be out later this week. The record national rating for golf is a 14.
February 28, 1996 |
Like parties to a peace treaty ending a bitter war, President Clinton and the leading moguls of the entertainment industry will step before the cameras separately Thursday to announce the creation of a ratings system that may change forever how families use their television sets and mark a milestone in the nation's struggle over popular values.
July 17, 1991 |
The U.S. Olympic Festival's first three ESPN telecasts, which featured primarily boxing and figure skating, have been seen by an average of 0.9% of the 58.8 million households nationwide, according to figures released Tuesday by the A.C. Nielsen Co. The best rating, 1.2 (about 705,000 households), was for Saturday afternoon's telecast, seen from 1-4 p.m. PDT. Saturday night's 9-11 p.m. telecast drew an 0.5 rating (294,000 households), and Sunday afternoon's 1:30-3:30 p.m.
July 10, 1991 |
Independence Day notwithstanding, last week provided no cause for celebration at the major networks. Ratings released Tuesday by the A. C. Nielsen Co. showed that ABC, CBS and NBC combined to attract only 50% of the people watching prime-time television last week. Fox accounted for another 11%, leaving 39% who were viewing cable or independent stations. Only four of the week's 91 programs garnered more than a 25% share of the audience, and only 18 others registered even a 20% share.