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Ratings News - 19th April 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
Fox Leads; CBS in All Repeats

Thursday 4/18/13
Metered Market Results

Fox 6.4/10
CBS 6.0/10
ABC 2.9/ 5
NBC 2.2/ 4
CW 1.5/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 4/20/12:
CBS: + 9, CW: - 6, NBC: - 8, Fox: -19, ABC: -52


"American Idol" (Fox), "The Big Bang Theory" R (CBS)

"Wife Swap" (ABC), "Glee" (Fox)

-The Jury is Still Out:
"Hannibal" (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
"Community" (NBC), "Parks and Recreation" (NBC), "Beauty and the Beast" (CW)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Fox led this third Thursday in April with its line-up of "American Idol" and "Glee." But competing CBS aired all repeats, as did ABC from 9-11 p.m. The networks, of course, try to save as much original programming as they can for the May sweeps.

The live "American Idol" Results Show took top-rated honors for the evening, with an 8.5 rating/14 share in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. And while any network would be happy to have a performance of this magnitude, year-to-year the fading singing competition slipped by 21 percent (versus a 10.7/18 on 4/19/12).

Next on Fox was "Glee," which dropped to a distant in the 9 p.m. with a 4.4/ 7. Comparably, retention for "Glee" out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of "American Idol" (9.0/15) was only 49 percent.

CBS, which had considered airing a two-hour Thursday 8-10 p.m. sitcom block this season, tested the waters last night with encores of "The Big Bang Theory" (#2: 7.3/12), "Two and a Half Men" (#2: 5.8/ 9), another episode of "The Big Bang Theory" (#1: 6.7/11) and "2 Broke Girls" (#1: 4.9/ 6). Given the success of current 9 p.m. occupant "Person of Interest" and the fading results for the comedy block on Monday, the potential plan at present seems like a long shot.

A 10 p.m. encore airing of "Person of Interest" closed the night for the Eye net with a dominant 5.6/10, which was 115 percent above both week three of drama "Hannibal" on NBC and a repeat of "Scandal" on ABC (2.6/ 5 each). Comparably, "Hannibal" slipped by 16 percent from its prior two airings (three week overnight track: 3.1/ 5 - 3.1/ 5 - 2.6/ 5). But this was still 18 percent above both a 9:30 p.m. airing of lead-in "Parks and Recreation" (2.2/ 4) and failed year-ago occupant "Awake."

Earlier in the evening on NBC were sluggish "Community" (#4: 2.1/ 4 at 8 p.m.), which should be facing the axe at this point, an 8:30 p.m. repeat of soon-to-conclude "The Office" (#5: 1.5/ 2), and a 9 p.m. telecast of "Parks and Recreation" (#4: 2.2/ 4). Since you cannot cancel everything, there is every reason to believe that "Parks and Recreation" will return next season.

Over at ABC, short-flight returnee "Wife Swap" finished in the distant No. 3 spot at 8 p.m., with a 3.3/ 5, followed by encores of "Grey's Anatomy" (#3: 2.9/ 5) and aforementioned "Scandal" (#2t, 2.6/ 5) from 9-11 p.m. And The CW capped off the night with "The Vampire Diaries" (#4t, 1.8/ 3), which could become the parent to a spin-off series tentatively titled "The Originals" next season, and freshman "Beauty and the Beast" (#5: 1.2/ 2). Of the four current on-the-fence CW series (including "The Carrie Diaries," "Hart of Dixie" and "Nikita"), "Beauty and the Beast" is the least likely to return.

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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