Answered By: Bobray Bordelon
Last Updated: May 04, 2020     Views: 244

The following has been adapted for Princeton from the Pennsylvania State University Guide to Television Ratings.

USA Today publishes a Nielsen ratings chart in its Life section (Section D) each week. Titled "Prime-Time Nielsen Ratings", this chart does not appear on the same day each week, so you need to check each day's paper to find the weekly chart. Databases containing the text of USA Today do not include the Nielsen ratings chart due to its format. posts the current Nielsen ratings. Ratings for previous weeks are not available.  2009+ is included in ProQuest Digitized Newspapers.

For the period prior to 2009, use Broadcasting & Cable (Firestone - Oversize HE8689 .B79q). 1993-2000 is available in the ProQuest Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (search Nielsen Ratings).  For 2001-February 10, 2003 use ProQuest Central.  Online equivalents after this period omit the charts so must use the paper.

Nielsen Media Research provides free brief demographic information on the latest "Top 10" television programs for different groups: Broadcast TV, Cable TV, Syndication, African Americans, and Hispanics. We have not been successful at getting details from A.C. Nielsen over time due to the proprietary nature of their business.

Each week's Nielsen Ratings are also available at and Futon Critic.
The annual publication International Television & Video Almanac in Firestone stacks, call number HE8675.I66, also has ratings information.

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