Finally A New Post...And Finally, Nielsen Speaks!

First of all, I'M SORRY for not being on for 9 months. I was fertilizing this post. 

Second, this post isn't mostly mine. It's mostly Nielsen's. Nielsen, as you know, keeps the viewership ratings for TV and has since the 1950s. They have disclosed the Top 10 most-watched telecasts of the 2018-2019 season (which they are defining as July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.) Nielsen emphasizes that the following statistics have not been finalized, and there may be errors, but there is only a 5% margin of error with the following tallies. So, here is my analysis of what was most watched over the previous season.

1. SUPER BOWL LIII
Date and Time: Sunday, February 3, 2019, 6:30 to 10:30 pm Eastern
Network: CBS
Viewers: 103 million
Did I watch it? Yes. 

2. LAST EPISODE OF "THE BIG BANG THEORY"
Date and Time: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 8:00 to 9:00 pm Eastern
Network: CBS
Viewers: 50 million
Did I watch it? Yes.

3. GAME 7 OF THE 2019 STANLEY CUP FINALS
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 pm Eastern
Network: NBC
Viewers: 37 million
Did I watch it? Yes.

4. THE 2019 OSCARS
Date and Time: Sunday, February 24, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 pm Eastern
Network: NBC
Viewers: 33 million
Did I watch it? No.

5. LAST EPISODE OF "GAME OF THRONES"
Date and Time: Sunday, May 19, 2019, 9:00 to 10:00 pm Eastern
Network: HBO
Viewers: 32 million
Did I watch it? No. It is impossible for me to watch HBO when it airs at my house.

6. RENT: "LIVE" ON TELEVISION (notice the quotes around the word "Live")
Date and Time: Sunday, January 27, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 pm Eastern
Network: Fox
Viewers: 30 million
Did I watch it? I should tell you, I should tell you...

7. THE 2019 TONYS 
Date and Time: Sunday, June 9, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 pm Eastern
Network: CBS
Viewers: 23 million
Did I watch it? Yes. 

8. THE 2018 MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
Date and Time: Thursday, November 22, 2018, 9:00 to 12:00 am Eastern
Network: NBC
Viewers: 21 million
Did I watch it? No.

9. THE 2018 EMMYS
Date and Time: Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:30 to 11:00 pm Eastern
Network: NBC
Viewers: 20 million
Did I watch it? No. 

10. THE ABC SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE: "THE FORCE AWAKENS"
Date and Time: Sunday, February 17, 2019, 7:00 to 10:00 pm Eastern
Network: ABC
Viewers: 16 million
Did I watch it? No, but that was only because there's so much information out there now that I didn't know it was happening until after it happened
If I had known it was happening before it did, I would absolutely have watched it. 

EVALUATIONS:
1. Quite a normal balance of different types of programs: 2 sporting events, 3 awards shows, 2 movie specials, 2 series finales, and 1...parade.

2. 7 of the 10 were on Sunday nights. 

3. Not only that, but 4 out of 10 took place within a month of each other - and that month wasn't even a stretch in November/December! 


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