Skip to main content
Got a tip?

TV Long View

TV Long View: Even in a Down Year, the NFL’s Ratings Are Untouchable

Despite losing more than a million viewers in the regular season, the league actually increased its margin over other programming in 2020.

TV Long View: ‘Cobra Kai,’ ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ and the Search for Streaming Transparency

Without context, the piecemeal release of data from streamers generates much more heat than light.

TV Long View: 3 Numbers That Explain Broadcast’s Lost Fall

he pandemic-caused late start for most network entertainment shows has severely depressed the output of programming that the five English-language networks have aired through the first third of the season.

TV Long View: Broadcast Nets’ Rent-a-Fall Has Gone About As Well as Expected

Broadcast TV schedules are getting back to normal, but the networks have dug themselves a big hole with their patchwork lineups to start the season.

TV Long View: What If Nielsen Measured Linear TV the Way It Does Streaming?

If Nielsen measured linear and streaming TV the same way, the gulf between the two might not look so big.

TV Long View: Networks’ First-Year Cancellation Rate Stays Low in 2019-20

Networks canceled a little less than half of their first-year scripted series so far in 2019-20, continuing a trend of patience with new shows. With ratings for initial airings becoming a progressively smaller piece of a given show's total audience, the trend has been to keep more series that five to 10 years ago would have been jettisoned.

TV Long View: How Much Network TV Depends on Cop Shows

Crime-solving has been part of the TV landscape for the medium's entire history, but with calls to significantly change or cut such shows, The Hollywood Reporter examined how prevalent they are.

TV Long View: The 2019-20 Season’s Hidden Numbers

The primary portion of the strange 2019-20 TV season — which saw a host of shows end before they planned to, and some never debut, due to the coronavirus pandemic — is over. Here are some hidden numbers from the season.

TV Long View: The 2019-20 Season From Top to Bottom

The most-watched primetime show of the 2019-20 TV season drew 34 times as many viewers as the least-watched one. In the key ad demographic of adults 18-49, the No. 1 program was a whopping 59 times ahead of the one in last place.

TV Long View: 4 Takeaways From the 2019-20 Freshman Class

With the finales of ABC's 'For Life' on Tuesday and The CW's 'Katy Keene' on Thursday, the first-year class of 2019-20 has officially wrapped. While none of the 36 broadcast shows that have made their series premieres since September has entered the zeitgeist in the way that, say, 'The Masked Singer' or 'This Is Us' have in recent years, several have built strong audiences and seem poised to become solid parts of their networks' schedules in the future.

TV Long View: Midseason’s Delayed-Viewing Champs

Among 29 shows that debuted after Jan. 1, NBC's drama 'Manifest' had the largest overall gains in weeks two through five after an initial airing. The portion of its total 35-day audience that came after the first week is also among the biggest for any midseason show.

TV Long View: The Paradox of Delayed Viewing During Coronavirus Quarantines

Amid a boom in TV usage during coronavirus quarantines, one aspect of viewing has barely budged: Delayed viewing, as measured by Nielsen, is almost exactly the same as it was prior to the pandemic.