This isn’t actually news. Not exactly. It is interesting, however. From 7:30-8PM ET on Sunday, January 31st exactly 846,000 viewers watched an episode of M*A*S*H on digital specialty network MeTV.
Which episode? I have no clue. But does it matter? The fact that so many viewers were watching a decades-old episode of M*A*S*H–one that was edited for syndication and included way too many commercials–is impressive. Or at least I think so.
Here are the full ratings for the broadcast in question, courtesy of Programming Insider:
M*A*S*H (R) (MeTV, 7:30 PM, 30 min.)
0.846 million viewers
Range: 0.084-0.097 million adults 18-49
0.07 A18-49 (0.04 F18-49, 0.10 M18-49)
0.03 A18-34 (0.04 F18-34, 0.02 M18-34)
0.12 A25-54 (0.09 F25-54, 0.14 M25-54)
By comparison, from 7-8PM ET that same night 9.356 million viewers watched 60 Minutes on CBS, 5.074 million watched a repeat of America’s Funniest Home Videos on ABC from 7-8PM ET, 2.231 million watched a repeat of The Weakest Link on NBC, 1.730 million watched an episode of Hawaii Five-0 in off-network syndication on ION, and 0.996 million watched a repeat of Name That Tune on FOX.
(Technically, some of these viewers may have recorded M*A*S*H from 7:30-8PM ET and watched it later that night. That’s because Nielsen “live-plus-same-day” ratings include delayed viewing until 3AM.)
It’s incredibly rare to see ratings for M*A*S*H in syndication, so I thought I’d share this. M*A*S*H airs weekdays and on Sunday nights from 7-8PM ET on MeTV.
I wonder if anyone reading this was one of the 846,000 watching M*A*S*H that night.