January 20, 2020

Ratings Delays Due to MLK Day

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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The MLK holiday weekend 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 several days.

We will update this schedule if anything changes.  (All times Pacific.)

  • Friday January 17 nationals available Tuesday January 21 by 2 pm
  • Saturday January 18 nationals available Wednesday January 22 by 8 am
  • Sunday January 19 nationals available Wednesday January 22 by 8 am
  • Monday January 20 nationals available Wednesday January 22 by 2 pm
  • Tuesday January 21 nationals available Thursday January 23 by 8 am

Then for a few days, broadcast ratings will follow cable ratings.

  • Wednesday January 22 nationals
    • Cable available Thursday January 23 by 2 pm*
    • Broadcast available Friday January 24 by 8 am
  • Thursday January 23 nationals
    • Cable available Friday January 24 by 2 pm*
    • Broadcast available Monday January 27 by 8 am

* denotes normal release time

The schedule will return to normal with the release of Friday January 24 cable and broadcast nationals by 2 pm Monday January 27.

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.