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Listing entries from Thursday 14th August 2014


EpisodeBroadcast  Viewers Share Pos
Random Shoes (TW) Thu 14 Aug 2014 10:00am  EDT    
The Women of Doctor Who (Factual) Fri 15 Aug 2014 8:00am  EDT    
The Timey-Wimey of Doctor Who (Factual) Fri 15 Aug 2014 9:00am  EDT    
Out of Time (TW) Fri 15 Aug 2014 10:00am  EDT    
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion (Factual) Sat 16 Aug 2014 9:00pm  EDT    Premiere
The Real History of Science Fiction: Time (Factual) Sat 16 Aug 2014 10:00pm  EDT    Premiere
The Fires of Pompeii Sat 16 Aug 2014 11:00pm  EDT    
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion (Factual) Sun 17 Aug 2014 12:00am  EDT    
The Real History of Science Fiction: Time (Factual) Sun 17 Aug 2014 1:00am  EDT    
The First Doctor (Factual) Mon 18 Aug 2014 8:00am  EDT    
The Second Doctor (Factual) Mon 18 Aug 2014 8:30am  EDT    
The Third Doctor (Factual) Mon 18 Aug 2014 9:00am  EDT    
The Fourth Doctor (Factual) Mon 18 Aug 2014 9:30am  EDT    
The Fifth Doctor (Factual) Mon 18 Aug 2014 10:00am  EDT    
The Sixth Doctor (Factual) Mon 18 Aug 2014 10:30am  EDT    
The Seventh Doctor (Factual) Mon 18 Aug 2014 11:00am  EDT    
The Eighth Doctor (Factual) Mon 18 Aug 2014 11:30am  EDT    
The Ninth Doctor (Factual) Mon 18 Aug 2014 12:00pm  EDT    
The Tenth Doctor (Factual) Mon 18 Aug 2014 12:30pm  EDT    
The Christmas Invasion Mon 18 Aug 2014 1:00pm  EDT    
New Earth Mon 18 Aug 2014 2:00pm  EDT    
Tooth and Claw Mon 18 Aug 2014 3:00pm  EDT    
School Reunion Mon 18 Aug 2014 4:00pm  EDT    
The Girl in the Fireplace Mon 18 Aug 2014 5:00pm  EDT    
Rise of the Cybermen Mon 18 Aug 2014 6:00pm  EDT    
The Age of Steel Mon 18 Aug 2014 7:00pm  EDT    
An Adventure In Space And Time (Misc) Mon 18 Aug 2014 8:00pm  EDT    
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord (Factual) Mon 18 Aug 2014 10:00pm  EDT    Premiere
An Adventure In Space And Time (Misc) Mon 18 Aug 2014 11:00pm  EDT    
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord (Factual) Tue 19 Aug 2014 1:00am  EDT    
The Impossible Planet Tue 19 Aug 2014 2:00am  EDT    
The Satan Pit Tue 19 Aug 2014 3:00am  EDT    
Love & Monsters Tue 19 Aug 2014 4:00am  EDT    
Fear Her Tue 19 Aug 2014 5:00am  EDT    
Army of Ghosts Tue 19 Aug 2014 8:00am  EDT    
Doomsday Tue 19 Aug 2014 9:00am  EDT    
The Runaway Bride Tue 19 Aug 2014 10:00am  EDT    
Smith and Jones Tue 19 Aug 2014 11:00am  EDT    
The Shakespeare Code Tue 19 Aug 2014 12:00pm  EDT    
Gridlock Tue 19 Aug 2014 1:00pm  EDT    
Daleks in Manhattan Tue 19 Aug 2014 2:00pm  EDT    
Evolution of the Daleks Tue 19 Aug 2014 3:00pm  EDT    
The Lazarus Experiment Tue 19 Aug 2014 4:00pm  EDT    
42 Tue 19 Aug 2014 5:00pm  EDT    
Human Nature Tue 19 Aug 2014 6:00pm  EDT    
The Family of Blood Tue 19 Aug 2014 7:00pm  EDT    
Blink Tue 19 Aug 2014 8:00pm  EDT    
Utopia Tue 19 Aug 2014 9:00pm  EDT    
The Sound of Drums Tue 19 Aug 2014 10:00pm  EDT    
Last of the Time Lords Tue 19 Aug 2014 11:00pm  EDT    
Voyage of the Damned Wed 20 Aug 2014 12:00am  EDT    
The Tenth Doctor (Factual) Wed 20 Aug 2014 1:30am  EDT    
The Sound of Drums Wed 20 Aug 2014 2:00am  EDT    
Last of the Time Lords Wed 20 Aug 2014 3:00am  EDT    
Voyage of the Damned Wed 20 Aug 2014 4:00am  EDT    
Partners in Crime Wed 20 Aug 2014 5:00am  EDT    
The Fires of Pompeii Wed 20 Aug 2014 8:00am  EDT    
Planet of the Ood Wed 20 Aug 2014 9:00am  EDT    
The Sontaran Stratagem Wed 20 Aug 2014 10:00am  EDT    
The Poison Sky Wed 20 Aug 2014 11:00am  EDT    
The Doctor's Daughter Wed 20 Aug 2014 12:00pm  EDT    
The Unicorn and the Wasp Wed 20 Aug 2014 1:00pm  EDT    
Silence in the Library Wed 20 Aug 2014 2:00pm  EDT    
Forest of the Dead Wed 20 Aug 2014 3:00pm  EDT    
Midnight Wed 20 Aug 2014 4:00pm  EDT    
Turn Left Wed 20 Aug 2014 5:00pm  EDT    
The Stolen Earth Wed 20 Aug 2014 6:00pm  EDT    
Journey's End Wed 20 Aug 2014 7:00pm  EDT    
The Next Doctor Wed 20 Aug 2014 8:00pm  EDT    
Planet of the Dead Wed 20 Aug 2014 9:20pm  EDT    
The Waters of Mars Wed 20 Aug 2014 10:40pm  EDT    
The End of Time: Parts 1+2 Thu 21 Aug 2014 12:00am  EDT    
The End of Time: Parts 1+2 Thu 21 Aug 2014 3:00am  EDT    
Tales from the TARDIS (Factual) Thu 21 Aug 2014 8:00am  EDT    
The Eleventh Hour Thu 21 Aug 2014 9:00am  EDT    
The Beast Below Thu 21 Aug 2014 10:00am  EDT    
Victory of the Daleks Thu 21 Aug 2014 11:00am  EDT    
The Time of Angels Thu 21 Aug 2014 12:00pm  EDT    
Flesh and Stone Thu 21 Aug 2014 1:00pm  EDT    
The Vampires of Venice Thu 21 Aug 2014 2:00pm  EDT    
Amy's Choice Thu 21 Aug 2014 3:00pm  EDT    
The Hungry Earth Thu 21 Aug 2014 4:00pm  EDT    
Cold Blood Thu 21 Aug 2014 5:00pm  EDT    
Vincent and the Doctor Thu 21 Aug 2014 6:00pm  EDT    
The Lodger Thu 21 Aug 2014 7:00pm  EDT    
The Pandorica Opens Thu 21 Aug 2014 8:00pm  EDT    
The Big Bang Thu 21 Aug 2014 9:00pm  EDT    
A Christmas Carol Thu 21 Aug 2014 10:00pm  EDT    
An Adventure In Space And Time (Misc) Thu 21 Aug 2014 11:00pm  EDT    
The Pandorica Opens Fri 22 Aug 2014 1:00am  EDT    
The Big Bang Fri 22 Aug 2014 2:00am  EDT    
A Christmas Carol Fri 22 Aug 2014 3:00am  EDT    
An Adventure In Space And Time (Misc) Fri 22 Aug 2014 4:00am  EDT    
The Impossible Astronaut Fri 22 Aug 2014 8:00am  EDT    
Day of the Moon Fri 22 Aug 2014 9:00am  EDT    
The Curse of the Black Spot Fri 22 Aug 2014 10:00am  EDT    
The Doctor's Wife Fri 22 Aug 2014 11:00am  EDT    
The Rebel Flesh Fri 22 Aug 2014 12:00pm  EDT    
The Almost People Fri 22 Aug 2014 1:00pm  EDT    
A Good Man Goes to War Fri 22 Aug 2014 2:00pm  EDT    

Notes


A breakdown of the different types of rating figures found for US Television. We show the total viewer figure and the mosrt commonly used Nielsen A18-49 chart position.

 

Rating: Ratings are essentially percentages, measuring the portion of a given group — be it households, adults 18-49 or women 25-54 — watching a given show. Adults 18-49 is the primary demographic by which ad rates are set for entertainment programming, so it's the most commonly reported (one point in that demo equals 1.28 million people). So a 2.0 rating for The Masked Singer means that 2 percent of people in that age range, roughly 2.56 million people, watched the show.

Share: The percentage of a given group who are watching TV at that time and are tuned into a given program. Wednesday's Masked Singer had a 10 share in adults 18-49 (10 percent of adults under 50, who had their TVs on at that hour, watched it). It's typically written as "rating/share," so 2.0/10 for The Masked Singer.

Total viewers: Pretty self-explanatory — the average number of people watching a program in any given minute while it airs.

Overnight metered market ratings: These are the first ratings released each morning — or they were, anyway, until Oct. 3. Nielsen is planning to include out-of-home viewing in these numbers from now on (the first day of the new system didn't go well), which means they'll be released around midday now. Metered market ratings only take measurements from 44 markets (56 previously) for households and 25 markets for adults 18-49, so they're best considered as a first draft on how programming performed rather than definitive. They had been useful for gauging live events since they measure programs instead of just time periods.

Live-plus-same-day: The ratings that get reported each day, first as "fast nationals" in the morning and then as final numbers in the afternoon. They include both live viewing from the previous night and delayed viewing until 3 a.m. local time. Fast nationals are generally pretty accurate for entertainment programs, with occasional small adjustments in the finals.

Live-plus-3: Same-day ratings with three additional days of DVR and on-demand viewing added in. The majority of delayed viewing that Nielsen measures happens in this timeframe, with most shows growing their audiences by a good amount.

Live-plus-7: The same as live-plus-3, extended to a full week. In the 2018-19 season, two dozen series at least doubled their 18-49 ratings after seven days.

C3 and C7 ratings: Arguably the most important ratings numbers that the public doesn't usually see. These ratings track the number of viewers who actually watch commercials — which is why Nielsen ratings exist in the first place — over three or seven days. They play a big role in setting rates for advertisers buying commercial time. The occasional glimpses at C3 and C7 ratings in recent years have suggested they're higher than same-day numbers but a good distance short of live-plus-3 and live-plus-7 numbers.

Live-plus-35: An even longer-tail measurement that takes into account viewing that happens up to five weeks after a show airs. It's not a huge piece of the viewing pie, but it's not tiny, either.

Multiplatform ratings: Things can get a bit fuzzy here, as multiplatform ratings can include streaming and digital viewing via a network's app or third-party service like Hulu, plus on-air replays. The digital audience is growing — some shows get more viewers there than from their on-air showings — but no company in the business willingly offers up definitive streaming or digital viewership. It's only included as part of a whole. (It is possible to subtract, say live-plus-7 ratings from a multiplatform total to get a rough estimate of how many people watch something via nontraditional platforms).

Furthermore, each network has its own way of calculating cross-platform viewing, and timeframes can get murky. HBO touted a massive audience of 44 million viewers for the final season of Game of Thrones, but that included up six weeks of streaming and replays of the season premiere, five weeks of episode two and so on.

Streaming ratings: Are not really a thing. Nielsen does measure the audience for streaming shows, but Netflix and other platforms have disputed the ratings service's numbers as they don't take into account viewing on other devices.

Netflix has reported some viewership figures in recent quarterly earnings reports, but they're not really analogous to Nielsen ratings. Netflix considers a piece of content as having been "viewed" when a member account watches at least 70 percent of one episode of a series or 70 percent of a feature film. It also counts subscribers around the world rather than just the domestic viewers that Nielsen measures. The numbers can be useful in comparing one Netflix show to another, but the service has thus far only publicly released highlights, not a full tally.

For live events that include a streaming option, networks or other providers will often cite an "average minute audience" for a live stream. That's the closest thing to Nielsen's average total viewers statistic.

Social ratings: Nielsen measures social engagement around TV shows, counting the number of posts about a given episode and the reach of the conversation. As with all ratings, higher is better, but heavy social conversation and high on-air ratings don't necessarily go hand in hand.

Third-party measurements: A number of companies measure things like out-of-home viewing or binge viewing, but they can rely on users to opt in to sharing data, which can lead to a less representative sample.

LinkCredit: Hollywood Reporter 
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