September 13, 2017

Irma Delays the Ratings: Update #6

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Update #6 Friday 9.15.2017 10 am PT:

With Wednesday cable and broadcast nationals in this morning, the Thursday nationals are expected to be on time at 1 pm today, ending the disruption caused by Hurricane Irma.

Update #5 Wednesday 9.13.2017 1 pm PT:

Saturday and Sunday cable and broadcast nationals for 9.9-10.2017 should be available late in the afternoon PT today. No word on Monday and Tuesday, but we are assuming they would arrive sometime Thursday, while Wednesday would be a day a late and Thursday on time Friday afternoon.

Update #4 Wednesday 9.13.2017 6 am PT:

Fast affiliate broadcast prime time nationals for Monday and Tuesday 9.11-12.2017 will be posted this morning (Monday within the hour and Tuesday on time at 8 am). Still awaiting revised delivery times for Saturday-Tuesday broadcast and cable nationals.

Update #3 Tuesday 9.12.2017 2:45 pm PT:

Cable and broadcast nationals for Friday 9.8.2017 will arrive by 4 pm PT. Still awaiting revised delivery times for Saturday-Monday broadcast and cable nationals.

Update #2 Tuesday 9.12.2017 12:45 pm PT:

Fast nationals for Sunday 9.10.2017 coming shortly. Still awaiting revised delivery times for Friday-Sunday broadcast and cable nationals, as well as Monday numbers.

Update #1 Monday 9.11.2017, 7 pm PT:

Ratings delays will continue through Tuesday 9.12.2017. The Nielsen data center, where viewing data from the sample homes is processed and validated, remains closed. Nielsen reports that data from sample homes continues to be collected at a back-up facility, but the Florida center and the staff impacted by the storm are required to process the data and verify program line-ups. Check back late Tuesday for another update, possibly including revised release times.

Monday 9.11.2017, 7 am PT :

Ratings for Sunday 9.10.2017 will be delayed, as Nielsen closed it national data center in the Tampa area Sunday with Hurricane Irma approaching. No word yet when the data center will re-open and when the staff will be able to return to work.

Check back later today for revised release times, as well as possible additional related delays the rest of this week as the system gets back to normal.


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.


  1. Amaury

    That’s unfortunate and hope everyone’s okay there. Thankfully, Friday and Saturday will still be on time. :)

    • Destiny

      Afraid not. This is one of those proper Nielsen delays. It’ll give Mitch a break from writing up these charts which probably takes a bit of time.

      • Amaury

        Nielsen’s announcement doesn’t specify which dates for the delayed ratings, but both Mitch here and Rick from TV by the Numbers just say Sunday was delayed. I wonder if the original plan was that Friday and Saturday ratings were going to be on time because they had already collected those ratings, but then it changed last minute.

        Even the note at the bottom of the broadcast preliminary charts for Friday and Saturday that mentions when to come back for the finals states the normal day finals are posted, but that was, of course, before they knew how Tampa would be affected.

        • Destiny

          The information available yesterday pretty much implied that there would be a wait for any and all ratings. That was one of the reasons why I mentioned on the Saturday post that it looked like there would be a Nielsen delay coming. I thought more places would be posting about it on Sunday.

          I’m interested to see if Fear the Walking Dead will hit a new series low, it has dropped for its entire run despite Season 3 being really good.

  2. Destiny

    Nielsen actually issued a statement about this on Sunday.

  3. Shan

    Thanks to Nielsen that still employ people in manual data processing jobs with no redundancy that can and should be automated. Data processing folks should really being doing REAL jobs that actually produce something useful. I bet the networks are grateful the storm didn’t hit during the actual fall premiere week.

    • Amaury

      You’re never satisfied, are you? Here you are resorting to basically insults to people you don’t even know.

      I’m interested in how the shows I watch did (Raven’s Home, Power Rangers: Ninja Steel, Game Shakers) as much as the next person, but I’m not going to get upset about it. Maybe a little disappointed, but not upset. I don’t disagree entirely that there should be more up-to-date methods of collecting ratings, but insulting them is not the way. We managed to survive the delay that happened back in March due to a power outage at Nielsen when Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards were going on, so we can handle this as well.

      • Shan

        I’m not insulting anyone. Manual data processing jobs are inefficient and pointless. And if this had happened fall premiere week there would have been a massive unset with the networks.

        • Amaury

          Either way, you seem to get annoyed at any inconvenience, whether it’s delays or other sites rounding the figures. Relax a little.

          • Shan

            No, I think the way Nielsen runs it’s busines and the whole ratings industry is the pits. And I do have a point that zap2it rounding broadcast finals makes absolutely no sense and is used as justification for editors on sites like wikipedia to force all figures to stupidity of what zap2it does.

          • Amaury

            Well, if you want to waste your time and energy being mad over frivolous things, then I can’t really stop you.

            There’s no point in replying further.

  4. Destiny

    Someone posted this on TV By the Numbers.
    “I wouldn’t be surprised if several days’ worth of ratings never gets released.”

    Nielsen delays make people post the funniest stuff. Everything will be released in time.

  5. Russell

    I think The Orville probably premiered pretty well, between Son of Zorn and The Mick. I’m guessing a 2.6. Sunday Night Football was probably in the mid 6s or low 7s last night.

    • Destiny

      The ratings for The Orville are meaningless until it premieres in its Thursday timeslot. NFL boosted numbers did nothing for 24 Legacy. I’m wondering though if the network will cap the episode order at 13 and not order additional episodes, or order a few more.

  6. Amaury

    Yay! An update! Look forward to a possible revised schedule tomorrow!

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