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Ratings News - 8th March 2013 (Full 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 Thursday Ratings
CBS Wins; 54 Percent of the Line-Up in Repeats

Thursday 3/07/13
Metered Market Results

CBS 8.5/14
Fox 7.1/11
ABC 3.1/ 5
NBC 2.1/ 3
CW 0.8/ 1


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 3/9/12:
ABC: +15, CW: +14, Fox: - 7, CBS: -16, NBC: -32


“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Two and a Half Men” (CBS), “Person of Interest” (CBS)

-Down but Far From Out:
“American Idol” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
‘Community” (NBC), “1600 Penn” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS remained the network to beat in the overnights on Thursday despite facing a 90-minute edition of “American Idol,” outdelivering Fox by 1.4 overnight rating points. Red-hot “The Big Bang Theory” topped the night, of course, with an 11.3 rating/18 share at 8 p.m. And that, comparably, was 13 percent above the year-ago telecast (10.0/16 on 3/08/12).

Next on the Eye net was veteran “Two and a Half Men” at a second-place 8.6/14 at 8:30 p.m. (one-tenth of a rating point behind competing “American Idol”), followed by sophomore “Person of Interest” (#1: 9.6/16 at 9 p.m.) and a repeat of freshman “Elementary” (#1: 5.8/ 11 at 10 p.m.). Consider “Elementary” a shoo-in for renewal for next season.

The 90-minute edition of “American Idol,” featuring the unveiling of the top 10 finalists, scored an 8.7/14 in the overnights from 8-9:30 p.m. Comparably, that finished second behind CBS in the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. half-hours (and first at 8:30 p.m.), with a loss of 26 percent from a one-hour edition on the year-ago evening (11.7/19 on 3/08/12).

A later edition of “Glee” on Fox led out “American Idol” with a 4.7/ 8 from 9:30-10:30 p.m. (5.2/ 8 to 4.3/ 7 by half-hour). Comparably, overnight retention for “Glee” out of the 9 p.m. portion of “Idol” (9.3/15) was just 51 percent. That said, is it time for these students to officially graduate?

ABC filled the 8 p.m. hour vacated by canceled “Zero Hour” with an encore of “Shark Tank” at a third-place 3.3/ 5 in the overnight. Next on the alphabet net were encore telecasts of “Grey’s Anatomy” (#4: 2.8/ 5) and “Scandal” (#2: 3.2/ 6) from 9-11 p.m.

In a mixture of repeats and originals, “Community” on NBC opened with a weak 2.2/ 3 at 8 p.m., which was 27 percent below year-ago occupant “30 Rock” (3.0/ 5 on 3/08/12). Stop laughing, Chevy Chase! Next on the Peacock net were repeats of “Parks and Recreation” (#4: 1.6/ 3) and “The Office” (#4: 1.7/ 3) from 8:30-9:30 p.m., followed by an original installment of struggling “1600 Penn” (#4: 1.6/ 3 at 9:30 p.m.) and an encore of “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 2.9/ 6 at 10 p.m.).

Last were repeats of “The Vampire Diaries” (0.9/ 2) and “Beauty and the Beast” (0.7/ 1) on The CW.

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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