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Subject Guide for Journalism and Mass Communication

Finding Nielsen Ratings

 

If you're looking for Nielsen Ratings, you have two options:

Search Internet Resources (Recent Nielsen ratings)

Most of the Internet resources will only give you the most recent Nielsen ratings (usually the past week). Click on "Search Internet Resources" to see the list of websites where ratings are available. For older ratings, use publications at the CU Libraries.

 

Search Publications/Databases @ the CU Libraries (Older Nielsen Ratings)

By searching the publications we have at the library, you'll be able to search for older Nielsen ratings (prior to the last week). This is important for older shows, if you want to look at ratings over time, or if a particular show is on hiatus.

 

Search Internet Resources (Recent ratings)

 

USAToday.com

Includes the current week's Nielsen ratings for the top 20 broadcast programs (previous weeks not available). Also includes the current week's top 15 cable shows, the top 20 shows among ages 18-49, the top network news programs, and the top cable news talk shows.

 

Zap2it.com

Includes the current weekly primetime ratings (Top 20 shows, Nielsen ratings by channel), season-to-date rankings (for primetime shows), current top 15 cable series, the current top 25 syndicated series, and the current top sports events. Each of these lists is sortable by total viewers or by number of households. Also includes news headlines featuring Nielsen ratings.

 

TV by the Numbers

Blog that publishes broadcast, cable and DVR ratings.

 

The Futon Critic

Includes the Nielsen Ratings for primetime programs on a daily (M, T, W, T, F, S, S) and week basis. Each day also includes the Nielsen primetime program ratings from one year ago. Includes key to explain what the numbers mean.

 

 

Search Publications/Databases @ the CU Libraries (Older ratings)

 

Variety (Publication)
Online The full text of the publication Variety is available through many of the CU Libraries databases. Visit the Chinook catalog record for Variety to see the list of databases (and their listed dates of coverage). Once you've chosen a database, you can search by keywords such as Nielsen, Nielsen ratings, Nielsen ratings report, Nielsen primetime ratings report, etc.
Print The current issues of Variety are available to browse in the Research Services area on the second floor of Norlin. You can request the full run of Variety on microfilm from 1905 - present at the Norlin Circulation Desk (first floor).

 

Broadcasting and Cable (Publication)
Online The full text of the publication Broadcasting and Cable is available through many of the CU Libraries databases. Visit the Chinook catalog record for Broadcasting and Cable to see the list of databases (and their listed dates of coverage). Once you've chosen a database, you can search by keywords such as nielsen AND ratings.

 

 

Have additional questions? Contact:

 

Juliann Couture
Research and Instruction Librarian
Norlin Library, CU Boulder
303-492-9716
juliann.couture@colorado.edu

Updated 12/2013