Answered By: Annmarie Boyle
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2017     Views: 8136

You can obtain television ratings by visiting the Nielsen Company website. Nielsen is a private company that collects data on consumer trends and consumer use of media and technology across the spectrum. While much of Nielsen's data is for purchase only, Nielsen does release ratings and rankings, as well as in-depth reports to the public.  Ratings from the past two weeks only are available through the Nielsen website. Visit Top Tens & Trends:, to obtain information on:

o Prime Broadcast Network TV - United States
o Cable Network TV - United States
o Syndication Network TV - United States
o Prime Broadcast Programs Among African-Americans - United States
o Prime Broadcast Programs Among Hispanics - United States

You can obtain historic ratings data in the Academic One File database.  Please go to the Library homepage at and click on the Research Databases link.  You will be prompted for your username and password.  After entering your username/password, you will arrive at a screen where you can access databases either by subject area or alphabetically by name of database.  Choose the alphabetical listing and click on A to access Academic One File.  See the instructions and graphic here: LibGuide

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