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Update: 15:20 Today's Ratings are currently delayed due to processing issues at Nielsen.

Today's Early Overnight Ratings

This table shows the early overnight ratings. These ratings are normally adjusted later in the day when all the ratings have been consolidated to take into account any local preemptions and/or overruns. You can find all the final adjusted numbers in our Ratings Database. (See the About section below for details about ratings)



Early Ratings Analysis

The analysis below is based on the early household numbers and are NOT the same as the numbers that will be posted in the above table later. (See the About section below)

For more information on the Nielsen Ratings see this Wikipedia Entry.

NOTE: The opinions expressed here are NOT those of SpoilerTV but of the Author of this Article, Marc Berman.

Metered Market Tuesday Ratings
CBS Leads Despite the “NCIS” Franchise Encores

Tuesday 3/12/13

Household
Rating/Share
CBS 7.0/12
Fox 4.2/ 7
ABC 3.9/ 6
NBC 2.1/ 4
CW 0.6/ 1

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-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 3/14/12:
Fox: +40, CBS: + 3, ABC: no change, CW: -40, NBC: -45

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-Winners:
“NCIS” R (CBS), “NCIS: Los Angeles” R (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (NBC), “The Taste” (ABC), “Smash” (NBC)

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-Ratings Breakdown:
Despite airing two-hours of repeats, it was an easy overnight Tuesday victory for CBS, which bested No. 2 Fox by 2.8 rating points. But Fox could be the network to beat among adults 18-49 courtesy of young adult demo favorite “Hell’s Kitchen,” which returned with a typical 4.2/ 7 from 8-10 p.m.

An encore of “NCIS” on CBS was the top-rated option of the evening, with an 8.1/14 from 8-9 p.m. Next was compatible “NCIS: Los Angeles” at an also dominant 7.5/12 at 9 p.m. And the third Tuesday 10 p.m. telecast of “Golden Boy” also topped its time period, with a 5.5/10. But retention for “Golden Boy” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of the “NCIS: Los Angeles” encore (7.4/12) was lacking at 74 percent. And the expected older audience skew is not expected to bode well for renewal. CBS…enough with the cookie-cutter crime solvers.

On ABC, episode three of the new season of “Celebrity Wife Swap” perked up to a second-place 4.1/ 7 in the overnights at 8 p.m. (which tied the first half of competing “Hell’s Kitchen”). Comparably, that was 17 percent above the 3.5/ 5 from one week earlier. But the season (or series) finale of cooking competition “The Taste” dipped to third, with a 2.8/ 5 in the overnights at 9 p.m. And that, no doubt, will not bode well for renewal.

Older-skewing “Body of Proof” on ABC rose to second, with a 4.7/ 8 at 10 p.m. And that was, comparably, 68 percent above lead-in “The Taste.”

Elsewhere, NBC had another abysmal Tuesday showing (minus “The Voice”) with its line-up of two episodes (repeat and original) of “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (8 p.m.: #4, 2.5/ 4; 8:30 p.m.: #4: 2.4/ 4), repeats of “Go On” (#4: 1.9/ 3) and “The New Normal” (#4: 1.6/ 3) from 9-10 p.m., and sophomore “Smash” (#3: 2.3/ 4). The moral of the “Smash” story: Good intentions do no always results in an audience. As for “Go On” and “The New Normal” minus the lead-in support from “The Voice”: Yes, lead-in still matters.

The CW capped off this second Tuesday in March with encores of “Hart of Dixie” (#5: 0.7/ 1), which is 50/50 on renewal for next season, and a repeat of “Beauty and the Beast” (#5: 0.5/ 1).

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Source: Marc Berman@tvmediainsights

About the Daily Ratings

Each day (except Sunday) we post the TV Ratings for the previous night.

The first item that gets posted (normally around 2pm GMT) is the early overnight analysis based on the early household numbers (these are not the same as the Total Viewers and 18-49 Demo numbers that are posted later).

Later on (normally between 4pm-5pm GMT) we post the official early overnight Total Viewers and 18-49 Demo numbers in the table above.

Finally, later in the evening (10pm-11pm GMT) or the following day, the final adjusted ratings numbers are released, these are then posted in the Ratings Database. The Final Adjusted numbers are what we use for all our Renew/Cancellation Tables, Full Season Tables, Ratings Scorecards etc (see below)

Additional Ratings Resources

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Renew/Cancel
Our Cancellation/Renewal predictions for the current season.
Ratings Database
Historical Ratings Database for nearly all major US shows going back to their first episodes.
Full Season Tables
The current season full ratings tables for both Total Viewers and 18-49 Demos
Ratings Scorecard
See how all the shows stack up against each other in the Ratings Scorecard Table.

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