Nielsen: What Time is Really Primetime?

Traditional primetime is eight to 11 o’clock at night, Monday through Friday, but Nielsen finds that more Americans tune in from 9:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. than any other period during primetime. The tail end of primetime—10:45 to 11:00 p.m.—is when the fewest viewers use their televisions.

Although there are no differences between when men and women watch TV during primetime, age is a factor. Viewers ages 18-49 typically tune in later. For this demographic, 9:45 to 10:00 p.m. is prime viewing time, while they use TV the least at the beginning of primetime, from 8:00 to 8:15pm.


  1. i cannot get over the soaps are ending i look forward to amc and others i will not watch the chew i hope it sinks to the bottomof the ratings im a big fan of amc and others im going to miss the soaps . abc you suck .

  2. Please rethink Ryan's Hope--THAT is a classic.

  3. The quality of the writing and performances on "Ryan's Hope" is unsurpassed in daytime television, and is in fact superior than most of current prime-time programming. Please reconsider your decision to remove "Ryan's Hope" from the SOAPnet schedule.