January 4, 2021

Ratings Delays Caused by Christmas & New Year’s Holidays

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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The Christmas and New Year’s holidays will cause delays for daily national ratings (live+same day cable and broadcast) for several days.  This is how the ratings should roll out the next two weeks.

  • Thursday 12/24 nationals available Monday 12/28 afternoon
  • Friday 12/25 nationals available Tuesday 12/29 morning
  • Saturday 12/26 nationals available Wednesday 12/30 morning
  • Sunday 12/27 nationals available Wednesday 12/30 morning
  • Monday 12/28 nationals available Wednesday 12/30 afternoon
  • Tuesday 12/29 nationals available Thursday 12/31 morning
  • Wednesday 12/30 nationals available Monday 1/4 morning
  • Thursday 12/31 nationals available Monday 1/4 afternoon
  • Friday 1/1 nationals available Tuesday 1/5 morning
  • Saturday 1/2 nationals available Wednesday 1/6 morning
  • Sunday 1/3 nationals available Wednesday 1/6 morning
  • Monday 1/4 nationals available Wednesday 1/6 afternoon
  • Tuesday 1/5 nationals available Thursday 1/7 morning
  • Wednesday 1/6 nationals available Friday 1/8 afternoon
  • Thursday 1/7 nationals available Monday 1/11 morning

The schedule will return to normal with the release of cable and broadcast nationals for Friday 1/8 on Monday 1/11 afternoon.

As usual, the “fast affiliate nationals” will continue to be released each morning at 8 am for the previous night’s preliminary prime time ratings on the broadcast networks.


About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.