July 12, 2019

Ratings Delays Due to Independence Day

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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The Independence Day 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. Also, * denotes normal release time.)

  • Wednesday July 3 nationals available Monday Jul 8 afternoon
  • Thursday July 4 nationals available Tuesday Jul 9 morning
  • Friday July 5 nationals available Tuesday Jul 9 afternoon
  • Saturday July 6 nationals available Wednesday Jul 10 morning
  • Sunday July 7 nationals available Wednesday Jul 10 morning
  • Monday July 8 nationals available Wednesday Jul 10 afternoon
  • Tue July 9 nationals available Wed Jul 10 afternoon (cable*) & Thur Jul 11 morning (broadcast)
  • Wed July 10 nationals available Thur Jul 11 afternoon (cable*) & Fri Jul 12 afternoon (broadcast)
  • Thur July 11 nationals available Fri Jul 12 afternoon (cable*) & Mon Jul 15 morning (broadcast)

The schedule will return to normal with the release of Friday July 12 cable and broadcast nationals at 1 pm Monday July 15.

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.


  1. Amaury

    That’s quite the delay. The holiday is today, not this weekend. So, like, it would make more sense for Nielsen to release the ratings for yesterday, July 3, tomorrow, the ratings for today on Monday, etc.

    • Shan

      That’s the antiqued monopoly that’s Nielsen. If the broadcast industry had any brains they would call for a the DOJ to launch an anti-trust investigation and eventual breakup of the data gathering operation to wholesale the data to competitors. As the rating results need to come through faster than they do if the broadcast industry is to survive streaming competition.

      • Chris L

        You two care entirely too much about ratings delays.

        • Shan

          I care that Nielsen is an unchecked monopoly that has gone unchecked for far too long.

          • Marie

            This! and the old school agencies just rollover and take it because Nielsen’s the only game in town. Having worked with Rentrak(comScore) for local stuff and having such a wonderful, foward-thinking team there Nielsen should be scared (or at the very least think about innovating!)

  2. Mitch Metcalf

    To be fair, many U.S. companies recognize a four-day holiday weekend when July 5 falls on a Friday. Nielsen is definitely one of those employers. In case you were wondering, the next four-day weekend for Independence Day will come in 2023, when Monday, July 3 will be another quasi-national holiday.

    • Shan

      To be fair, should there really be a celebration of a violent British insurrection war that caused much death. There isn’t a celebration over the civil war!

      • DC

        Honestly, winning the Civil War should probably be celebrated more than July 4.

        If we lose the Revolution, we end up more or less like Canada eventually… meh, OK.

        If we lose the Civil War, we end up like the Confederate States of America… shudder.

        • Shan

          And going to war (causing much death) instead of using diplomacy shows how infantile the U.S. is at handling both internal and external affairs.

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