Fear the Sun! What Will Daylight Saving Time Do To Your Favorite Show's Ratings?

Categories: Broadcast TV,TV Ratings Reference

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March 5th, 2014

With the advent of Daylight Saving Time at 2am Sunday, expect to see early primetime TV ratings get a haircut next week as people stay away from home a bit later in the evenings.

In 2012, the first Monday after DST saw a reduction in adults 18-49 watching TV in the 8pm hour, and a smaller reduction in adults 18-49 watching TV in the 9pm hour vs. the previous (standard time) Monday.

Was it all due to Daylight Saving Time? Your guess is good as mine.

Will that excuse save your show? Or is it futile #FanExcuseBingo? Only time will tell.

First Monday AFTER DST (3/12/12) - Daylight Saving Time
Portion of Adults 18-49 watching TV from 8-9pm: 34.5%
Portion of Adults 18-49 watching TV from 9-10pm: 40.1%

Last Monday BEFORE DST (3/5/12) - Standard Time
Portion of Adults 18-49 watching TV from 8-9pm: 37.0%
Portion of Adults 18-49 watching TV from 9-10pm: 41.1%

 
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