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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.

Monday 3/18/13 Metered Markets
Solid Return for “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC

Household
Rating/Share
ABC 10.6/17
CBS 5.6/ 9
Fox 4.8/ 7
NBC 4.0/ 6
CW 0.6/ 1

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-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 3/20/12
Fox: +37, CW: no change, ABC: - 9, CBS: -15, NBC: -40

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-Winners:
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “Castle” (ABC)

-Honorable Mention:
“How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “Mike & Molly” (CBS), “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS)

-Losers:
“The Carrie Diaries” (CW), “Deception” (NBC)

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-Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy opening week victory for ABC, which bested the No. 2 network, CBS, by a hefty 89 percent in the overnights. Third overall was Fox, followed by NBC and, of course, The CW, which barely registered courtesy of “The Carrie Diaries” (#5: 0.8 rating/1 share) and a repeat of “Hart of Dixie” (#5: 0.4/ 1).

Before we begin our analysis, there are two immediate observations. The scenario will change next week once “The Voice” opens its new season on NBC (the network is counting the minutes at this point). And the gap among adults 18-49 will decrease once the fast affiliate results are released.

The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC was off and successfully running, with a 12.1/18 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, this dipped by only 10 percent from the year-ago season opener (13.4/20 on 3/19/12, which translated into 18.79 million viewers and a 3.5 rating/9 share among adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data). And the fluctuation in the four half-hours was only three-tenths of a rating point (peaking at a 12.3/18 at 9 p.m.). Congratulations, Tom Bergeron and company. And sorry D.L. Hughley, who trailed the pack with a mere 12 points from the judges in total.

“Castle,” which at this point can totally stand on its own, followed “Dancing With the Stars” with a dominant 7.7/13 in the overnights at 10 p.m. (which was six percent below the 8.2/14 one year earlier).

In season-finale news, two hours of “The Biggest Loser” on NBC paled in comparison to “Dancing With the Stars,” with a 4.8/ 7 from 8-10 p.m. But this was a jump of 26 percent week to week (versus a 3.8/ 6 on March 11). And “The Biggest Loser” should have no trouble remaining filler for “The Voice” in between seasons.

Billed as the season-finale, drama “Deception” on NBC remained out of the competitive loop with a distant third-place 2.5/ 4 at 10 p.m. Comparably, that dropped from year-ago occupant “Smash” (4.9/ 8 on 3/19/12) by a considerable 49 percent. Don’t be fooled…”Deception” is over.

Over at CBS (and opposite “Dancing With the Stars”), “How I Met Your Mother” opened with a respectable 5.5/ 8 in the overnights at 8 p.m. (#2), which could still win the time period among adults 18-49. Next was “Rules of Engagement” (#3: 4.6/ 7 at 8:30 p.m.), which looks like it will be finally ending this spring, followed by “2 Broke Girls” (#2: 6.0/ 9) and compatible “Mike & Molly” (#2: 5.8/ 9) from 9-10 p.m. The next time you hear the expression “sophomore slump,” think of “2 Broke Girls” which seems to be grasping for cheap jokes way too early in its run.

“Hawaii Five-O” closed the night for the Eye net with a second-place 5.8/10 at 10 p.m., which fully maintained its “Mike & Molly” lead-in.

Over at Fox, it was business as usual care of veteran “Bones” (#3: 5.1/ 8) and freshman “The Following” (#4: 4.7/ 7), which were both officially renewed for next season.

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

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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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