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Ratings News - 21st March 2013 (Final Tables Posted)

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 Wednesday Ratings
“American Idol” Down but Still Dominant

Wednesday 3/20/13
Metered Market Results

Fox 8.7/14
CBS 6.7/11
NBC 3.4/ 6
CBS 3.2/ 5
CW 1.8/ 3


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 3/22/12:
NBC: +42, CW: +38, CBS: - 8, ABC: - 9, Fox: -25,


“American Idol” (Fox), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “CSI” (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
“Survivor: Caramoan” (CBS), “Arrow” (CW)

-On the Fence:
“The Neighbors” (ABC), “Suburgatory” (ABC), “Nashville” (ABC)

“Whitney” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Got scored another midweek overnight victory, which should also result in an adult 18-49 win. But two-hours of “American Idol” at an 8.7 rating/14 share from 8-10 p.m. dipped by 25 percent from the comparable year-ago evening (11.6/19 on 3/21/12). “Idol,” at present, is still a top 10 rated series, but if slippage of this magnitude continues next season it may no longer be.

Second-place CBS opened the evening with “Survivor: Caramoan” at a very respectable 6.1/10 at 8 p.m., which year-to-year dipped by just eight percent (vs. a 6.6/11 on 3/21/12). But shifting the teams around this early into the season cannot mask this being one of the most poorly cast editions in the history of the franchise. If “Bikal” keeps losing the challenges in upcoming weeks, and chances are they will, we already know which two players are likely to go next.

Next on the Eye net was underrated “Criminal Minds” at a second-place 7.2/11 at 9 p.m. (- 9 percent from the year-ago evening), followed by just renewed granddaddy “CSI” at a dominant 6.9/12 at 10 p.m. (- 7 percent). If CBS is wise, it will leave this Wednesday line-up intact next season.

Elsewhere, distant third-place NBC needs to swing the axe on sophomore sitcom “Whitney,” which kicked-off this third Wednesday in March with a mere 2.5/ 4 (#4) in the overnights at 8 p.m. Next was an encore of “Whitney” at a 1.9/ 3 (#4) at 8:30 p.m., followed by “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 4.0/ 7) and compatible “Chicago Fire” (#2: 4.2/ 7) from 9-11 p.m. Consider “Chicago Fire” a shoo-in for a second season renewal.

ABC, which populated the night with two hours of repeats, opened with an encore of “The Middle” at a third-place 3.7/ 6 at 8 p.m. Mid-level freshman entry “The Neighbors” almost fully maintained the lead-in with a 3.6/ 6 at 8:30 p.m. (#3), followed by a repeat of “Modern Family” (#3: 4.1/ 7), sophomore “Suburgatory” (#4: 3.5/ 6) and an encore of “Nashville” (#3: 2.1/ 4) from 9-11 p.m. ABC, needless to say, has to decide whether or not to order new seasons of “The Neighbors,” “Suburgatory” and “Nashville.” Since “Suburgatory” is already in season two, it could have the best chance of surviving.

The CW capped off the evening with its already renewed combination of “Arrow” (#5: 2.2/ 4: +57 percent from year-ago occupant “One Tree Hill”) and “Supernatural” (#5: 1.5/ 2: +25 percent from “America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion”).

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

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

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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