It’s hard to believe that Dateline has been on the air for 23 seasons. Many NBC news shows have come and gone but this one keeps chugging along — and is sometimes one of the top-rated shows on Friday nights. It’s hard to imagine that the series would be cancelled but you never know. Stay tuned.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
5/13 update: NBC has renewed Dateline for the 2015-16 season.
9/19 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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For comparisons: The 22nd season of Dateline averaged a 1.2 rating in the demo and 6.23 million viewers.
Note: Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you still like the Dateline TV series? Would you like to see it cancelled or renewed for a 24th season?