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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 Thursday Ratings
Easy Victory for CBS; Struggling NBC

Thursday 3/14/13
Metered Market Results

Household
Rating/Share
CBS 8.9/15
Fox 5.8/ 9
ABC 4.2/ 7
NBC 2.3/ 4
CW 1.4/ 2

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-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 3/16/12:
CBS: +162, CW: -22, Fox: -26, NBC: -30, ABC: -38

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-Winners:
“The Big Bang Theory (CBS), , “Two and a Half Men (CBS), “American Idol” (Fox), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Elementary” (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Community” (NBC), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “The Office” (NBC), “1600 Penn” (NBC), “Beauty and the Beast” (CW)

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-Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy Thursday overnight victory for CBS, which topped the night, of course, with red-hot “The Big Bang Theory” at an 11.0 rating/18 share at 8 p.m. Next was veteran “Two and a Half Men” at an 8.4/14 at 8:30 p.m. (tied with the 8:30 p.m. portion of “American Idol” on Fox), followed by sophomore “Person of Interest” (#1: 9.5/15) and freshman “Elementary” (#1: 7.6/13) from 9-11 p.m. Keep in mind that the stellar overall growth of 162 percent was a reflection of First Round – Day 1 of 2012 NCAA Basketball airing on the year-ago evening.

“Elementary”, which held an improved 79 percent of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “Person of Interest” (9.6/15) benefited opposite a repeat of “Scandal” on ABC (#2: 3.2/ 6).

“American Idol” on Fox, which featured the surprise departure of Curtis Finch Jr., finished second overall from 8-9 p.m., with a 7.9/13 in the overnights. And facing “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS means that “Idol” will also finish second in adults 18-49 (among other demos). Year-to-year, “American Idol” dipped by 25 percent (versus a 10.5/17 on 3/15/12).

Third-place ABC had only one original last night, “Grey’s Anatomy,” and it averaged a second-place 6.3/10 from 9-10 p.m. sandwiched between encores of “Shark Tank” (#3: 3.3/ 6 at 8 p.m.) and aforementioned “Scandal” (#2: 3.2/ 6 at 10 p.m.). Year-to-year, aging “Grey’s Anatomy” dipped by 15 percent (versus a 7.4/12 on 3/15/12).

It was dismal Thursday business as usual on NBC, meanwhile, care of its combination of “Community” and “Parks and Recreation,” which each finished fourth with a 2.1/ 3, soon-to-conclude “The Office” (#4: 2.6/ 4), recent entry “1600 Penn” (#4: 1.6/ 3), and a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 2.7/ 5). Thankfully, NBC passed on the proposed “The Office” spin-off (“The Farm”) with Rainn Wilson.

The CW capped off the evening in primetime with a below-average 1.8/ 3 in the overnights for “The Vampire Diaries” at 8 p.m., followed by struggling “Beauty and the Beast” at a 1.1/ 2 at 9 p.m. Of the current on the fence CW series, “Beauty and the Beast” is the least likely to return next season.

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.