For the guy who used to post daily ratings, the reality that made me stop is explained in this Hollywood Reporter article Introducing Live-Plus … 35-Day Ratings(!) as TV's New Normal Struggles: One thing is very clear to me about American home entertainment in the 21st Century - ratings reflect the fact that there are 300+ million viewers watching their own screens when they feel like it. A good example is this headline TV Ratings: 'Roots' Returns With a Robust 5.3 Million Viewers. Here are the ratings for the 1977 "Roots" miniseries: In 1977 the population was 220.2 million, in 2016 323.7 million - 47% higher. In 1977 30+ million viewers, 15% of the population, watched "Roots" as it aired, sharing a common experience. The 2016 version has "robust" ratings at 5+ million, 1.5% of the population. Now whether in 2016 the new version will have been viewed by 15% of the population 35 days out, who knows? But I rather doubt that anyone but the network and the advertisers will care. One thing is certain, it won't be a shared experience or even a "water cooler" subject.