December 31, 2018

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.

  • Friday Dec 21 nationals available Wednesday Dec 26 afternoon
  • Saturday Dec 22 nationals available Thursday Dec 27 morning
  • Sunday Dec 23 nationals available Thursday Dec 27 morning
  • Monday Dec 24 nationals available Thursday Dec 27 afternoon
  • Tuesday Dec 25 nationals available Friday Dec 28 morning
  • Wednesday Dec 26 nationals available Friday Dec 28 afternoon
  • Thursday Dec 27 nationals available Friday Dec 28 afternoon* (cable*) & Monday Dec 31 morning (broadcast)
  • Friday Dec 28 nationals available Monday Dec 31 afternoon*
  • Saturday Dec 29 nationals available Wednesday Jan 2 morning
  • Sunday Dec 30 nationals available Wednesday Jan 2 morning
  • Monday Dec 31 nationals available Wednesday Jan 2 afternoon
  • Tuesday Jan 1 nationals available Thursday Jan 3 morning
  • Wednesday Jan 2 nationals available Thursday Jan 3 afternoon* (cable*) & Friday Jan 4 (broadcast)
  • Thursday Jan 3 nationals available Friday Jan 4 afternoon* (cable*) & Monday Jan 7 (broadcast)

* denotes normal release time

The schedule will return to normal with the release of cable and broadcast nationals for Friday Jan 4 on Monday Jan 7 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.