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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
Fading “American Idol” Leads Repeat Drenched Night

Thursday 2/28/13
Metered Market Results

Household
Rating/Share
Fox 8.5/14
CBS 6.1/10
ABC 2.9/ 5
NBC 2.2/ 4
CW 0.7/ 1

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-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 3/02/12:
ABC: +12, CW: no change, CBS: - 5, Fox: -31, NBC: -39

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-Winners:
“American Idol” (Fox), “The Big Bang Theory” R (CBS), “Person of Interest” R (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Zero Hour” (ABC), “Community” (NBC), “1600 Penn” (NBC)

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-Ratings Breakdown:
And the password is: repeat. Sixty-nine percent of last night’s line-up was in repeats.

It was an easy victory for the home of “American Idol,” Fox. But the fading singing competition could only muster an 8.5 rating/14 share in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. And that, comparably, was 31 percent below the 12.3/20 one year earlier. By next season, “American Idol” could be in danger of falling out of the top 10.

CBS was in all repeats care of its combination of “The Big Bang Theory” (#2: 7.1/12), which only trailed the 8 p.m. half-hour portion of “American Idol” (7.9/13) by 10 percent, “Two and a Half Men” (#2: 5.5/ 9), “Person of Interest” (#2: 6.5/11) and “Elementary” (#1: 5.4/10). Note to the producers of “Two and a Half Men”: If you do return next season (and that is highly probable), make sure you sign up Miley Cyrus for more guest appearances.

In week three news, ABC drama “Zero Hour” matched its week-ago overnights, with a distant third-place 3.8/ 6 from 8-9 p.m. But this was opposite repeats on CBS and The CW, and last week’s adult 18-49 rating was only a 1.1. Odds of a second season of “Zero Hour” are…well…pretty zero.

Next on the alphabet net was a 9 p.m. encore telecast of “Scandal” (#3: 2.7/ 4 at 9 p.m.), followed by a repeat of “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” at a third-place 2.4/ 4 at 10 p.m.

On NBC, one half-of the line-up was in repeats, which only made matters worse of course. “Community” opened with a mere 2.3/ 4 in the overnights at 8 p.m. (-23 percent from year-ago occupant “30 Rock”), followed by a repeat of “Parks and Recreation” at a 1.7/ 3 at 8:30 p.m. (#4). Next was an encore of soon-to-conclude “The Office” (#4: 1.7/ 3 at 9 p.m.), followed by recent entry “1600 Penn” (#4: 1.7/ 3 at 9:30 p.m.) and an encore of “Law & Order: SVU” (#2: 3.1/ 6 at 10 p.m.). The only way for NBC to forge ahead is to rid its line-up of all these low-rated single camera sitcoms.

As a reminder, upcoming NBC drama “Hannibal,” which will follow the classic characters from Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon and the film franchise “Silence of the Lambs,” debuts in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour on April 4.

Last was The CW, of course, and it featured repeats of already renewed “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 0.8/ 2) and questionable “Beauty and the Beast” (#5: 0.7/ 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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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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