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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.

SUNDAY 3/17/13 Metered Markets

Household
Rating/Share
CBS 6.7/11
ABC 3.9/ 6
NBC 3.8/ 6
Fox 2.2/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 3/19/12:
CBS: - 4, Fox: -12, NBC: -19, ABC: -26

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-Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean Sunday overnight sweep for CBS with its combination of “60 Minutes” (7.6/14 – No. 1 for the evening), “The Amazing Race” (5.9/10), “The Good Wife” (6.9/11) and “The Mentalist” (6.5/12). But the older skew of “60 Minutes” and the two scripted dramas means adult 18-49 dominance for the evening will likely fall elsewhere.

In episode four news, ABC drama “Red Widow” finished a distant third at 10 p.m. with a 3.0/ 5, which trailed the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “Revenge” (4.5/ 7) by 33 percent and failed year-ago occupant “GCB” (4.8/ 8 on 3/18/12) by 37 percent. In other words, the sluggish new midseason series results (excluding “The Following” on Fox) continues.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was a repeat of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at a second-place 3.5/ 6 at 7 p.m., followed by sophomore dramas “Once Upon a Time” (#2: 4.8/ 8) and aforementioned “Revenge” (#2: 4.6/ 7) from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, “Once Upon a Time” dropped by 19 percent from the year-ago telecast (5.9/ 9 on 3/18/12), while “Revenge” slipped by 30 percent from year-ago occupant “Desperate Housewives” (6.6/10).

Over at NBC, two-hours of “Dateline” (3.7/ 6 from 7-9 p.m.) led into guilty pleasure “Celebrity Apprentice” at an improved 4.0/ 7 in the overnights from 9-11 p.m., which increased by eight percent week to week and is poised to win the 10 p.m. hour among adults 18-49.

Fox, of course, is dependent on the young adult demos to keep its animated Sunday block intact. A repeat of Bob’s Burgers opened with a 1.2/ 2 in the overnights at 7 p.m. (#4), followed by “The Cleveland Show” (#4: 1.6/ 3), “The Simpsons” (#4: 2.7/ 4), another episode of “The Cleveland Show” (#4: 2.3/ 4), “Family Guy” (#4: 3.2/ 5) and an original edition of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 2.3/ 4) from 7:30-10 p.m. As always, “Family Guy” is the standout.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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

If you’re interested in Ratings/Renewal/Cancellations then we have a number of resources here at SpoilerTV that we recommend you check out.

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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