How do US TV ratings work?

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  1. zeebre12

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    When UK TV shows like Coronation Street get- 6.30m (35.4%). This shows the % of people who are watching TV and are watching Coronation Street. What would the % be for some US shows as some of the big shows seem to have low ratings for the size of the country compared to the UK (how many people in total are watching TV)
    Like last night for BBC One:
    Pointless Celebrities: 5.23m (29.5%)
    Strictly Come Dancing: 10.32m (49.2%)
    Michael McIntyre's Big Show: 5.74m (26.6%)
    Casualty: 3.95m (19.9%)
    What would the % be for some of the top US shows?
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    seems to me UK have more sophisticate TV program's rate metering system then Nelson here
     
  3. zeebre12

    zeebre12 Member

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    What would the % be for like The Big Bang Theory? As seen above Strictly Come Dancing got 10.32 million viewers last night (49.2%). So of all the households watching TV last night when Strictly was on 49.2% were watching Strictly. This means around 21 million households were watching TV when Strictly was on
     
  4. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    The US system has 2 numbers - rating and share. A rating is a percentage of the total number of TV households in the country watching a show and a share is the percentage of households actually watching TV at the time. About the only US show that will get numbers like BBC would be the Super Bowl - 2017 had a 45.3 rating and 73 share
     
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  5. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    I cant find a full rating for Big Bang Theory but in the key 18-49 demo it had a 2.8 rating / 11 share on Dec 7th
     
  6. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    One other point, the actual number is irrelevant due to the different sizes of countries. For example that 2.8/11 for BBT was 14.25 million viewers
     
  7. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Add in hundreds of other choices and how the ratings system counts non-live viewing and cross pond comparisons become even more meaningless.
     

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