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TV Ratings: Men’s NCAA Final Falls Short of Women’s Title Game for First Time

The audience for the NCAA men’s basketball championship ticked up from last year’s low — but for the first time, the men’s game drew a smaller TV crowd than the women’s final. Connecticut’s 75-60 victory over Purdue on Monday — a result that was not in doubt for most of the second half — averaged 14.82 […]

TV Ratings: NCAA Women’s Final Sets Another Record

For the third time in seven days, the NCAA women’s basketball tournament drew its largest audience ever. Some 18.87 million people watched South Carolina cap an undefeated season by beating Iowa, 87-75, in Sunday’s championship game, according to final same-day Nielsen ratings (that’s an uptick from 18.7 million in preliminary results). The audience is the […]

Streaming Ratings: ‘The Gentlemen’ Has Solid Opening on Netflix

Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen opened with a bang on Netflix. The series, a spinoff of Ritchie’s 2019 film, delivered almost 1.21 billion minutes of viewing over its first four days (it premiered March 7), according to Nielsen’s streaming rankings for March 4-10. It ranked second among all streaming series for the week, behind Love Is […]

TV Ratings: Iowa-LSU NCAA Rematch Sets All-Time Record for Women’s Basketball

Last year’s NCAA women’s basketball championship set an all-time ratings record for a women’s game on ESPN. A rematch of that game — albeit two rounds earlier in the tournament — on Monday night drew an even bigger crowd. Iowa’s 94-87 victory over LSU averaged 12.3 million viewers for ESPN, the largest TV audience ever for […]

Streaming Ratings: ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Premieres at No. 1

The live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender had a big premiere week. The remake of the beloved Nickelodeon animated series opened at No. 1 overall on Nielsen’s streaming charts for Feb. 19-25. Avatar had 2.56 billion minutes of viewing in the United States over its first four days (it premiered Feb. 22), the second biggest week […]

Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version)’ Movie Has Solid Debut for Disney+

The phenomenon that is Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour has extended to Disney+. The music superstar’s concert movie, The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version), had a solid opening weekend on the streamer. The movie amassed 4.6 million views (defined as total viewing time divided by run time) worldwide over its first three days, making it the No. […]

Super Bowl Sunday Sets Viewing Time Record, But TV Use Falls in February

Americans spent more time with their TV sets on Super Bowl Sunday than any day in the past three years — but despite that, overall TV usage declined some in February. On Feb. 11, viewers in the United States spent a collective 111 billion minutes watching TV — fueled, obviously, by Super Bowl 58’s record-breaking audience of […]

Streaming Ratings: ‘Love Is Blind’ Scores With Season 6 Debut

Netflix debuted the sixth season of Love Is Blind on Valentine’s Day, and the show captured a lot of viewers’ hearts — or at least their eyes. The dating show easily led Nielsen’s original streaming series rankings for Feb. 12-18, drawing 907 million minutes of viewing time in the United States. It also finished third […]

Strikes Delayed TV’s Top Hits, But Audiences Came Back

The six months of labor action in Hollywood last summer and fall led to a host of network series having to shorten their seasons, with premieres four to five months later than their usual fall spots. The good news, though, is that viewers didn’t abandon their favorites: Viewer totals for a host of shows are […]

TV Ratings: Oscars Score Post-Pandemic Highs

The 2024 Oscars were the most watched in four years. The Jimmy Kimmel-hosted telecast on ABC averaged 19.5 million viewers, according to time zone-adjusted fast national ratings from Nielsen. That’s a 4 percent increase from a year ago. The 96th Academy Awards scored the biggest audience for any awards show since 2020, when that year’s […]

TV Ratings: State of the Union Address Draws 32M, Up Double Digits

The 2024 State of the Union address drew a larger TV audience than the 2023 address. President Joe Biden’s speech to Congress averaged 32.23 million viewers across 14 broadcast and cable outlets, almost 5 million more viewers than the 2023 State of the Union. Viewership rose on all of the largest outlets as Biden’s address […]

Streaming Ratings: ‘One Day’ Debuts in Top 10 During Light Super Bowl Week

The week of the Super Bowl was a relatively light one for streaming in the United States — but that allowed a couple of shows to score solid positions in the top 10 despite relatively modest viewing times. Netflix’s romance One Day, which premiered Feb. 8, was one of them — finishing fifth among original shows […]