The TV Ratings Guide

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The TV Ratings Guide
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Available in104 Languages
Alexa rankIncrease 351,230[1]
LaunchedFebruary 2015 (2015-02)
Current statusActive

The TV Ratings Guide (often stylized as TVRG) is a website devoted to collecting and analyzing television ratings data in the United States. The site also offers critical reviews of series on broadcast, network and online programming, historic Nielsen ratings data and authors scripting original series.


The forum website debuted via wordpress as a collective, independent writers sought an outlet to report daily ratings and television show developments. By the close of the first year, 652 articles were published since the May transition to Blogger[2]. The following November debuted the first podcast with online blogger Gerald Glassford via his Pop Culture Cosmos broadcast. November 26, 2016 marked 2,000 articles published on the site.[2].

May 2017 marked a record yield for TVRG in articles as 301 pieces were published in lieu of the renewal and cancellation announcements mid-month for the broadcast networks[2]. June 9, 2017 marked the beginning of the site's Historic Ratings article series, profiling all available Nielsen data from 1950-present[2].[3] Publishing efforts for the remains of the 2017 calendar year left TVRG holding the largest conglomeration of 20th Century Nielsen ratings data available to readers.[4] January 8, 2018 marked the debut of TVRG Originals, featuring contributors publishing scripts for original series ideas to the readers on select evenings[2]. TVRG made Feedspot's Top 50 Television websites for television lovers in March 2018, ranking 29th and noting an average weekly yield of articles at 56.[5]


Alexa reports that 75% of the site's visits come from popular google searches[6], and also reports that the site ranks in the top three-hundred thousand sites in all of the United states, and in the top 1.3 million in the world.[7] The site has also been referenced by numerous well known internet websites, including TV By The Numbers, The Observer[8], TrendsMap[9],Feedspot[10], and BlastingNews[11], among many others. Rank, who reports official status on every prominent site, reports the site is worth $102 thousand dollars.[12]

The site has also attracted attention from celebrities including The Good Place star Jameela Jamil[13], The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey[14], Dr. Ken star and creator Ken Jeong[15], American Housewife star Diedrich Bader[16], and the writers of FOX series The Last Man on Earth[17]. The creator of Lethal Weapon, Matt Miller, has also directly cited and discussed work from TVRG.[18] Nashville star, Ed Amatrudo has also credited the site and spoken of the site.[19]


The site has partnered with high-profile sites, including TVTime[20] and number-two rated radio podcast show, Pop Culture Cosmos, who gives The TV Ratings Guide exposure to Google Play, iTunes, TuneIn, YouTube, and several other sites.[21] The site has also partnered with review based site, A Virtual Scrawl.[22]


The TV Ratings Guide has a diverse and select range of features. Most focus on television ratings and the analysis of those ratings, as well as critical reviews of scripted series.

News categories[edit]

The site is well known for its coverage of Nielsen ratings[23]. The following is a list of all of the types of ratings covered by the site:

Broadcast Overnight
Daily preliminary rating reports for television series airing in prime time on the five major broadcast television networks – ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC; ratings in this category are published the day after a program airs.
Cable Final
Rating reports for cable networks, posted each weekday; the site list the top 25 programs on cable, as well as highlights. TVRG is also home to a database that houses the ratings of various notable programs across cable.[24]
Rebecca Takes On the Cable News
Site contributor "Rebecca Bunch" writes a weekly series chronicling the weekly happenings in cable news ratings, covering series such as Erin Burnett OutFront, Morning Joe, and Hannity.[25]
Sitcom Scorecard
Ratings for programs broadcast sitcoms; published exclusively by Bridger Cunningham on Fridays.

Other News[edit]

TV Ratings Guide publishes news stories about schedule changes & ratings in television. On select, impactful occasions, TVRG reports other cultural and social issues such as the Weinstein effect and how it impacted readers' shows and viewing habits[26]. The site also examined mental health issues in lieu of celebrity deaths relating to television in 2017.[27]

Renew/Cancel Index[edit]

The Renew/Cancel Index is a metric and gauge for shows' performances. The Renew/Cancel Index is a metric and gauge for shows' performances. Selected reviews of predictions include broadcast networks ABC[28], CBS[29], The CW[30], FOX[31] and NBC[32]. Selected Cable Networks are reviewed[33], and the site also indexes Renew/Cancel predictions for Reality Television[34]. The site boasts its accomplishment of having correct predictions being more accurate than any other predicting site on the internet for two years in a row, 2016 and 2017.

Sitcom Scorecard
Ratings for programs broadcast sitcoms; published exclusively by Bridger Cunningham on Fridays. Devoted exclusively to the site's sitcoms, the reportings are color-based in consistent manner with ABC in green, CBS in red, FOX in yellow and NBC in blue. The CW seldom displays sitcoms, and is denoted in magenta when sitcoms are readily available. Rather than doing the base renewals, this feature utilizes percentages from 5%-90% of likely renewals. Renewed is denoted in dominant green, Cancelled is in dominant red, and shows in their final season are denoted in magenta.
Family Guy
Rick Porter of adjacent site TV by the Numbers called out TVRG in May 2016 as one of the first to report FOX's Family Guy being renewed beyond the 2015-16 season as early as August 2015[35]. Porter noted five paragraphs into a press release regarding development of The Orville, a casual announcement of the series' renewal through 2017 was disclosed and TVRG was one of the few outlets to report this accurately[36].

TVRG Ratings Library[edit]

Site contributor Bridger Cunningham formed a conglomeration of Historic Ratings in one location titled the TVRG Ratings Library. Hundreds of articles are compiled featuring historic data.[4]

Ratings history[edit]

Bridger Cunningham undertook efforts to give TVRG a conglomerate rundown of year-by-year ratings history since 1950 on June 9, 2017[2]. Prior to Cunningham's undertaking, ratings could only be located in strewn locations, with little data available prior to 1984 due to Nielsen seldom revealing results until the 1980's. After profiling available data, Cunningham tediously scoured website and other outlets to uncover 13 additional years of data, moving the hard-data wall of available ratings from 1984 to 1964. TVRG now possesses a contiguous data set of historic ratings from 1981-2017, along with 1971-72 and 1973-79. Partial data is available for the 1964-67 seasons with the top 70 rankings. For data-deficient years, Cunningham populated the remaining 21 years with Top-30 Nielsen postings with anticipation of upgrading to full ratings history once data is made readily available.[4]

Historic Sitcom Scorecards[edit]

Years with sufficient ratings data from the Ratings History profile how the sitcoms ranked for the year. Cunningham stated the site's ratings history undertaking was berthed from the current Sitcom Scorecard as he crafted the 1989-90 Historic Sitcom Scorecard as a special feature for readers at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. The library also archives weekly features for readers.[3]

Historic soap ratings[edit]

TVRG has classic soap ratings available from 1964-present, also featuring a visual scheduling of the referenced programming.[37]

Other Features in TVRG's Ratings Library[edit]

Eclectic interests such as Saturday Night Live and Super Bowl ratings are profiled, as well as visualization ratings report The Schedule as We Knew It mark future projects in progress. TVRG's Ratings Library also features collections of miscellaneous profiles of classic shows lined with ratings data such as Spinoff Stories, Retro Recommendations, and Beyond the TV Grave.


The site currently has a large slate of writers, with each taking on various responsibilities to cover the website's large and diverse variety of features.

Writer Year Started Responsibilities
The Ratings Junkie 2015 Broadcast ratings database, TVRGO Writer
Jessica Boggs 2015 CW and Fox Renew/Cancel, TVRGO Writer
Rebecca Bunch 2016 Reviews, Daily Ratings, ABC, NBC, Reality and Summer Renew/Cancel, Cable Ratings Database, TVRGO Writer

TVRG Originals[edit]

TVRG Originals was an online contest that opened the option for readers to pitch series ideas to the site and eventually be able to publish weekly scripts of these series on the site. The site is currently featuring scripted series such as Marietta, Network and Our House[38]. Network has scripted 11 episodes as of April 1, 2018, and will return with eleven more in summer 2018[39], and Marietta will have completed season 1A by April 16th[40]. Fresh off the production mill, Our House delivered its first produced script on March 26, 2018, and will have produced thirteen episodes by summer 2018[41] The site itself boasts that the first series, Network and Marietta, were huge in terms of pageviews for the site, becoming a successful feature.[42]



Title Genre Premiere Seasons Status
Woah Folks, I Had Another Dream Horror drama June 7, 2018 2 seasons, 18 episodes TBD
Terror In America Political drama February 7, 2018 1 season, 1 episode Not ordered to series



Title Genre Premiere Seasons Status
Marietta Political comedy; family comedy January 8, 2018 3 seasons, 51 episodes Airing
Network Romantic comedy, Workplace January 8, 2018 3 seasons, 52 episodes Airing
Our House Family comedy March 26, 2018 3 seasons, 32 episodes Airing
The Bullpen Sports comedy August 1, 2018 2 seasons, 34 episodes Renewed
College Hangout comedy March 6, 2019 2 seasons, 23 episodes On hiatus
Bake Your Heart Out Workplace comedy September 1 season, 6 episodes Airing
Finally Together Family comedy March 2019 2 seasons, 20 episodes Ended
Finally Apart Family comedy October 11, 2019 1 season, 10 episodes Ended
Finally Back Home Family comedy January 10, 2020 1 season, 2 episodes Ended
Delta! Comedy-drama February 7, 2018 1 season, 2 episodes Ended
Raymond Island Political comedy; family comedy June 11, 2020 2 seasons, 14 episodes On hiatus
Working as a Family Workplace comedy June 16, 2020 1 season, 2 episodes On hiatus
Frances In the Kitchen Workplace comedy August 17, 2020 1 season, 8 episodes On hiatus
Always Right Workplace comedy September 8, 2020 1 season, 6 episodes Ended
8 Years Later Political comedy November 6, 2020 1 season, 2 episodes Airing

Future original series[edit]

The following projects have all been announced as being in development, but do not have a specific release date known at this time.[45][46][47][48]

Title Genre Fate
5666 Horror; thriller Ordered to series
The Average American Family Family comedy In development
Not Her Father's Daughter Soap opera; thriller In development
Closure Police procedural In development
Woodland Hills Horror anthology series In development
Tammy Political comedy; Workplace comedy Not moving forward
Nightmare on 99 Thriller Not moving forward
The Music In Me Comedy Not moving forward


TV Shows[edit]

TVRG profiles several series weekly and seasonally such as Mom, The Middle, The Goldbergs, American Housewife, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Roseanne, Great News, Feud, Splitting Up Together, Bull, Superior Donuts, American Horror Story and Nashville (for which the site has the special feature of advanced previews of weekly episodes). Online platforms reviewed seasonally include high-profile Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Grace and Frankie, One Day at a Time, and Santa Clarita Diet.[49]


Through partners and contributors alike, the site also publishes in-depth and detailed movie reviews from the most popular movies playing at any given time such as critically acclaimed blockbusters Star Wars, Spiderman: Homecoming, Black Panther, Wonder Woman, and La La Land.[50]


Under the title, A Simple Music Review, popular bands and singers are showcased, explored, and discussed.[51]

See also[edit]

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Other articles of the topic Television in the United States : Mystery Science Theater 3000, Glen Meadows, Kim Kardashian, Jeff the Diseased Lung, Untitled Marvel female television series, American Broadcasting Company, Fox Broadcasting Company
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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Happy 3rd Anniversary to TVRG
  3. 3.0 3.1 Happy Anniversary to the Sitcom Scorecard!
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  23. Broadcast Ratings Database
  24. The TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database
  25. Bunch, Rebecca (December 1, 2018). "Rebecca Takes on the Cable News, Week of November 27: Deadline: White House & MSNBC Have a Pretty Good Week". The TV Ratings Guide. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  26. How Are Our Shows Affected? The Sexual Assault Dumpster Fire Continues to Kindle
  28. ABC Renew/Cancel
  29. CBS Renew/Cancel
  30. CW Renew/Cancel
  31. FOX Renew/Cancel
  32. NBC Renew/Cancel
  33. Cable Renew/Cancel
  34. Reality TV Renew/Cancel
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  49. The TV Ratings Guide's Review Database
  50. The TV Ratings Guide's Review Database
  51. The TV Ratings Guide's Review Database

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