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Listing entries including Friday 18th September 2015

EpisodeBroadcast  Viewers Share Pos
Gridlock Thu 13 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
Daleks in Manhattan Fri 14 Aug 2015 10:00am  EDT    
Evolution of the Daleks Fri 14 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
Blink Sat 15 Aug 2015 8:00pm  EDT  0.31m  99
The Waters of Mars Sat 15 Aug 2015 9:15pm  EDT    
Blink Sat 15 Aug 2015 11:00pm  EDT    
The Waters of Mars Sun 16 Aug 2015 12:15am  EDT    
The Lazarus Experiment Mon 17 Aug 2015 10:00am  EDT    
42 Mon 17 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
Human Nature Tue 18 Aug 2015 10:00am  EDT    
The Family of Blood Tue 18 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
Blink Wed 19 Aug 2015 10:00am  EDT    
Utopia Wed 19 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
The Sound of Drums Thu 20 Aug 2015 10:00am  EDT    
Last of the Time Lords Thu 20 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
Voyage of the Damned Fri 21 Aug 2015 10:00am  EDT    
Partners in Crime Fri 21 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
The End of Time: Part 1 & 2 Sat 22 Aug 2015 8:00pm  EDT  0.36m  64
The End of Time: Part 1 & 2 Sat 22 Aug 2015 11:30pm  EDT    
The Fires of Pompeii Mon 24 Aug 2015 10:00am  EDT    
Planet of the Ood Mon 24 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
The Sontaran Stratagem Tue 25 Aug 2015 10:00am  EDT    
The Poison Sky Tue 25 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
The Doctor's Daughter Wed 26 Aug 2015 10:00am  EDT    
The Unicorn and the Wasp Wed 26 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
Silence in the Library Thu 27 Aug 2015 10:00am  EDT    
Forest of the Dead Thu 27 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
Midnight Fri 28 Aug 2015 10:00am  EDT    
Turn Left Fri 28 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
Vincent and the Doctor Sat 29 Aug 2015 8:00pm  EDT    
The Doctor's Wife Sat 29 Aug 2015 9:15pm  EDT  0.25m  88
The Girl Who Waited Sat 29 Aug 2015 10:30pm  EDT    
Vincent and the Doctor Sat 29 Aug 2015 11:30pm  EDT    
The Doctor's Wife Sun 30 Aug 2015 12:45am  EDT    
The Girl Who Waited Sun 30 Aug 2015 2:00am  EDT    
The Stolen Earth Mon 31 Aug 2015 10:00am  EDT    
Journey's End Mon 31 Aug 2015 11:00am  EDT    
The Next Doctor Tue 1 Sep 2015 10:00am  EDT    
Planet of the Dead Tue 1 Sep 2015 11:00am  EDT    
The Eleventh Hour Wed 2 Sep 2015 10:00am  EDT    
The Beast Below Wed 2 Sep 2015 11:00am  EDT    
Victory of the Daleks Thu 3 Sep 2015 10:00am  EDT    
The Time of Angels Thu 3 Sep 2015 11:00am  EDT    
Flesh and Stone Fri 4 Sep 2015 10:00am  EDT    
The Vampires of Venice Fri 4 Sep 2015 11:00am  EDT    
Voyage of the Damned Sat 5 Sep 2015 4:30am  EDT    
The Day of The Doctor Sat 5 Sep 2015 8:00pm  EDT  0.30m  82
The Name of the Doctor Sat 5 Sep 2015 10:00pm  EDT    
The Day of The Doctor Sat 5 Sep 2015 11:00pm  EDT    
The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe Sun 6 Sep 2015 3:40am  EDT    
Amy's Choice Wed 9 Sep 2015 10:00am  EDT    
The Hungry Earth Wed 9 Sep 2015 11:00am  EDT    
Cold Blood Thu 10 Sep 2015 10:00am  EDT    
Vincent and the Doctor Thu 10 Sep 2015 11:00am  EDT    
The Lodger Fri 11 Sep 2015 10:00am  EDT    
The Pandorica Opens Fri 11 Sep 2015 11:00am  EDT    
The Time of the Doctor Sat 12 Sep 2015 8:00pm  EDT    
A Christmas Carol Sat 12 Sep 2015 9:45pm  EDT    
The Time of the Doctor Sat 12 Sep 2015 11:00pm  EDT    
The Big Bang Mon 14 Sep 2015 10:00am  EDT    
A Christmas Carol Mon 14 Sep 2015 11:00am  EDT    
The Impossible Astronaut Tue 15 Sep 2015 10:00am  EDT    
Day of the Moon Tue 15 Sep 2015 11:00am  EDT    
The Christmas Invasion Wed 16 Sep 2015 6:00am  EDT    
New Earth Wed 16 Sep 2015 7:00am  EDT    
Tooth and Claw Wed 16 Sep 2015 8:00am  EDT    
School Reunion Wed 16 Sep 2015 9:00am  EDT    
The Girl in the Fireplace Wed 16 Sep 2015 10:00am  EDT    
Rise of the Cybermen Wed 16 Sep 2015 11:00am  EDT    
The Age of Steel Wed 16 Sep 2015 12:00pm  EDT    
The Idiot's Lantern Wed 16 Sep 2015 1:00pm  EDT    
The Impossible Planet Wed 16 Sep 2015 2:00pm  EDT    
Army of Ghosts Wed 16 Sep 2015 3:00pm  EDT    
Doomsday Wed 16 Sep 2015 4:00pm  EDT    
Gridlock Wed 16 Sep 2015 5:00pm  EDT    
Human Nature Wed 16 Sep 2015 6:00pm  EDT    
The Family of Blood Wed 16 Sep 2015 7:00pm  EDT    
Blink Wed 16 Sep 2015 8:00pm  EDT    
The Stolen Earth Wed 16 Sep 2015 9:00pm  EDT    
Journey's End Wed 16 Sep 2015 10:00pm  EDT    
The Next Doctor Wed 16 Sep 2015 11:00pm  EDT    
Planet of the Dead Thu 17 Sep 2015 12:20am  EDT    
The Waters of Mars Thu 17 Sep 2015 1:40am  EDT    
The End of Time: Part 1 & 2 Thu 17 Sep 2015 3:00am  EDT    
The Eleventh Hour Thu 17 Sep 2015 6:00am  EDT    
The Beast Below Thu 17 Sep 2015 7:00am  EDT    
The Hungry Earth Thu 17 Sep 2015 8:00am  EDT    
Cold Blood Thu 17 Sep 2015 9:00am  EDT    
Vincent and the Doctor Thu 17 Sep 2015 10:00am  EDT    
The Lodger Thu 17 Sep 2015 11:00am  EDT    
The Pandorica Opens Thu 17 Sep 2015 12:00pm  EDT    
The Big Bang Thu 17 Sep 2015 1:00pm  EDT    
The Impossible Astronaut Thu 17 Sep 2015 2:00pm  EDT    
Day of the Moon Thu 17 Sep 2015 3:00pm  EDT    
The Curse of the Black Spot Thu 17 Sep 2015 4:00pm  EDT    
The Doctor's Wife Thu 17 Sep 2015 5:00pm  EDT    
The Rebel Flesh Thu 17 Sep 2015 6:00pm  EDT    
The Almost People Thu 17 Sep 2015 7:00pm  EDT    
A Good Man Goes to War Thu 17 Sep 2015 8:00pm  EDT    
Let's Kill Hitler Thu 17 Sep 2015 9:00pm  EDT    


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