9:27am PT by Kate Stanhope
Ratings for 'The Orville,' 'Sunday Night Football' Delayed Due to Hurricane Irma
As Hurricane Irma continues to hit Florida and other parts of the southeast, primetime ratings have also been impacted by the storm.
Nielsen confirmed Monday that ratings for Sunday's primetime lineup, which included one of the first Sunday Night Football matches of the season, a special preview of Seth MacFarlane's sci-fi series The Orville and 60 Minutes' highly anticipated Steve Bannon interview, will be delayed as a result of the storm. Due to Irma, one of the company's ratings teams was forced to evacuate the Tampa Bay area.
“Our first priority and thoughts are for the safety of our clients, Nielsen associates and communities in which we operate and serve," a Nielsen spokesperson said in a statement. "The team that reports ratings has evacuated the Tampa Bay area due to Hurricane Irma. Therefore, our ratings will be delayed in the near term. We are actively monitoring the situation in Florida and will provide another update as soon as we know more.”
No estimated time of arrival was given for the delayed ratings. Nielsen last faced a major delay in primetime ratings delivery back in March, which was caused by a power outrage at one of the company's Florida-based facilities. The delay lasted three full days, and causing delayed reporting on ratings for the This Is Us season one finale and The Bachelor, among others.