Hurricane Irma Is Delaying Sunday's Nielsen Ratings ‘in the Near Term’

The company's Tampa-area facility was evacuated, putting NFL numbers on hold

Nielsen announced that its ratings starting with Sunday—including the first Sunday NFL games of the season—will be delayed “in the near term” because of Hurricane Irma. The company’s employees were forced to evacuate its main processing facility near Tampa, Fla., which was in the path of the storm on Sunday. Nielsen said that ratings will not resume until its employees are able to safely return.