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Listing entries from Monday 14th December 2015

EpisodeBroadcast  Viewers Share Pos
The Power Of Three Mon 14 Dec 2015 10:00am  EST    
The Angels Take Manhattan Mon 14 Dec 2015 11:00am  EST    
The Snowmen Tue 15 Dec 2015 10:00am  EST    
The Bells of Saint John Tue 15 Dec 2015 11:00am  EST    
The Rings of Akhaten Wed 16 Dec 2015 10:00am  EST    
Cold War Wed 16 Dec 2015 11:00am  EST    
Hide Thu 17 Dec 2015 10:00am  EST    
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS Thu 17 Dec 2015 11:00am  EST    
The Crimson Horror Fri 18 Dec 2015 10:00am  EST    
Nightmare in Silver Fri 18 Dec 2015 11:00am  EST    
New Earth Mon 21 Dec 2015 10:00am  EST    
Tooth and Claw Mon 21 Dec 2015 11:00am  EST    
Love & Monsters Tue 22 Dec 2015 6:00am  EST    
Fear Her Tue 22 Dec 2015 7:00am  EST    
Army of Ghosts Tue 22 Dec 2015 8:00am  EST    
Doomsday Tue 22 Dec 2015 9:00am  EST    
Smith and Jones Tue 22 Dec 2015 10:00am  EST    
The Shakespeare Code Tue 22 Dec 2015 11:00am  EST    
Gridlock Tue 22 Dec 2015 12:00pm  EST    
Daleks in Manhattan Tue 22 Dec 2015 1:00pm  EST    
Evolution of the Daleks Tue 22 Dec 2015 2:00pm  EST    
The Lazarus Experiment Tue 22 Dec 2015 3:00pm  EST    
42 Tue 22 Dec 2015 4:00pm  EST    
Human Nature Tue 22 Dec 2015 5:00pm  EST    
The Family of Blood Tue 22 Dec 2015 6:00pm  EST    
Blink Tue 22 Dec 2015 7:00pm  EST    
Utopia Tue 22 Dec 2015 8:00pm  EST    
The Sound of Drums Tue 22 Dec 2015 9:00pm  EST    
Last of the Time Lords Tue 22 Dec 2015 10:00pm  EST    
Midnight Tue 22 Dec 2015 11:00pm  EST    
Turn Left Wed 23 Dec 2015 12:00am  EST    
The Stolen Earth Wed 23 Dec 2015 1:00am  EST    
Journey's End Wed 23 Dec 2015 2:00am  EST    
New Earth Wed 23 Dec 2015 3:00am  EST    
Tooth and Claw Wed 23 Dec 2015 4:00am  EST    
School Reunion Wed 23 Dec 2015 5:00am  EST    
Partners in Crime Wed 23 Dec 2015 6:00am  EST    
The Fires of Pompeii Wed 23 Dec 2015 7:00am  EST    
Planet of the Ood Wed 23 Dec 2015 8:00am  EST    
The Sontaran Stratagem Wed 23 Dec 2015 9:00am  EST    
The Poison Sky Wed 23 Dec 2015 10:00am  EST    
The Doctor's Daughter Wed 23 Dec 2015 11:00am  EST    
The Unicorn and the Wasp Wed 23 Dec 2015 12:00pm  EST    
Silence in the Library Wed 23 Dec 2015 1:00pm  EST    
Forest of the Dead Wed 23 Dec 2015 2:00pm  EST    
Midnight Wed 23 Dec 2015 3:00pm  EST    
Turn Left Wed 23 Dec 2015 4:00pm  EST    
The Stolen Earth Wed 23 Dec 2015 5:00pm  EST    
Journey's End Wed 23 Dec 2015 6:00pm  EST    
The Christmas Invasion Wed 23 Dec 2015 7:00pm  EST    
The Runaway Bride Wed 23 Dec 2015 8:00pm  EST    
A Christmas Carol Wed 23 Dec 2015 9:00pm  EST    
The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe Wed 23 Dec 2015 10:20pm  EST    
The Next Doctor Wed 23 Dec 2015 11:40pm  EST    
Deep Breath Thu 24 Dec 2015 1:00am  EST    
Into the Dalek Thu 24 Dec 2015 2:30am  EST    
Robot Of Sherwood Thu 24 Dec 2015 3:30am  EST    
Listen Thu 24 Dec 2015 4:30am  EST    
Doctor Who: Earth Conquest: The World Tour (Factual) Thu 24 Dec 2015 5:30am  EST    
The Caretaker Thu 24 Dec 2015 6:00am  EST    
Kill The Moon Thu 24 Dec 2015 7:00am  EST    
Mummy On The Orient Express Thu 24 Dec 2015 8:00am  EST    
Flatline Thu 24 Dec 2015 9:00am  EST    
Deep Breath Thu 24 Dec 2015 10:00am  EST    
The Christmas Invasion Thu 24 Dec 2015 11:30am  EST    
The Runaway Bride Thu 24 Dec 2015 12:30pm  EST    
Voyage of the Damned Thu 24 Dec 2015 1:30pm  EST    
The Next Doctor Thu 24 Dec 2015 3:00pm  EST    
A Christmas Carol Thu 24 Dec 2015 4:20pm  EST    
The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe Thu 24 Dec 2015 5:40pm  EST    
The Snowmen Thu 24 Dec 2015 7:00pm  EST    
The Time of the Doctor Thu 24 Dec 2015 8:20pm  EST    
Last Christmas Thu 24 Dec 2015 9:45pm  EST    
The Snowmen Thu 24 Dec 2015 11:00pm  EST    
The Time of the Doctor Fri 25 Dec 2015 12:20am  EST    
Last Christmas Fri 25 Dec 2015 1:45am  EST    
Flatline Fri 25 Dec 2015 3:00am  EST    
In The Forest Of The Night Fri 25 Dec 2015 4:00am  EST    
Dark Water Fri 25 Dec 2015 5:00am  EST    
Death in Heaven Fri 25 Dec 2015 6:00am  EST    
Last Christmas Fri 25 Dec 2015 7:15am  EST    
The Magician's Apprentice Fri 25 Dec 2015 8:30am  EST    
The Witch's Familiar Fri 25 Dec 2015 9:30am  EST    
Under the Lake Fri 25 Dec 2015 10:30am  EST    
Before The Flood Fri 25 Dec 2015 11:30am  EST    
The Girl Who Died Fri 25 Dec 2015 12:30pm  EST    
The Woman Who Lived Fri 25 Dec 2015 1:30pm  EST    
The Zygon Invasion Fri 25 Dec 2015 2:30pm  EST    
The Zygon Inversion Fri 25 Dec 2015 3:30pm  EST    
Sleep No More Fri 25 Dec 2015 4:30pm  EST    
Face The Raven Fri 25 Dec 2015 5:30pm  EST    
Heaven Sent Fri 25 Dec 2015 6:30pm  EST    
Hell Bent Fri 25 Dec 2015 7:45pm  EST    
The Husbands of River Song Fri 25 Dec 2015 9:00pm  EST  1.24m  5Premiere
The Day of The Doctor Fri 25 Dec 2015 10:15pm  EST    
The Husbands of River Song Sat 26 Dec 2015 12:00am  EST    
A Christmas Carol Sat 26 Dec 2015 1:15am  EST    
The Day of The Doctor Sat 26 Dec 2015 2:15am  EST    
The Magician's Apprentice Sat 26 Dec 2015 4:00am  EST    
The Witch's Familiar Sat 26 Dec 2015 5:00am  EST    


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