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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.

SUNDAY 3/31/13 Metered Markets
Easy Victory for CBS

Household
Rating/Share
CBS 7.2/12
NBC 3.0/ 5
ABC 2.4/ 4
Fox 1.5/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 4/02/12:
CBS: - 9, NBC: -30, Fox: -35, ABC: -53

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-Winners:
“NCAA Basketball” (CBS), “60 Minutes” (CBS), “The Amazing Race” (CBS)

-Losers (Excluding Repeats):
“Red Widow” (ABC)

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-Ratings Breakdown:
With 64 percent of last night’s line-up in repeats, the numbers took a tumble year-to-year on this Easter Sunday. CBS led the evening, besting distant No. 2 NBC by a considerable 140 percent. But the individual program results for CBS are estimated due to Duke vs. Louisville on the Regional Final in the ongoing “NCAA Basketball Tournament” bleeding into primetime time by 41-minutes. Here are the estimated results for the Eye network by half-hour:

CBS/Sunday
7:00 p.m. “NCAA Basketball”: 10.8 rating/21 share (#1)
7:30 p.m. “NCAA Basketball” / “60 Minutes”: 9.2/17 (#1)
8:00 p.m. “60 Minutes”: 8.0/13 (#1)
8:30 p.m. “60 Minutes” / “The Amazing Race”: 6.7/11 (#1)
9:00 p.m. “The Amazing Race”: 6.2/10 (#1)
9:30 p.m. “The Amazing Race” / “The Good Wife”: 6.2/10 (#1)
10:00 p.m. “The Good Wife”: 6.2/10 (#1)
10:30 p.m. “The Good Wife” / “The Mentalist” (R): 4.8/ 8 (#1)

Although both “The Good Wife” and “The Mentalist” have been picked-up for next season, CBS would be wise to hold one back until midseason and focus on strengthening its waning Sunday line-up.

Next was NBC, which filled this final Sunday in March with three repeat hours of “The Voice” (7 p.m.: #2, 2.3/ 4; 8 p.m.: #2: 3.2/ 6; 9 p.m.: #3, 3.2/ 5), and a one-hour edition of “Celebrity Apprentice,” which finished second with a 3.4/ 6 at 10 p.m. One year earlier, three hours of “Celebrity Apprentice” was notably stronger at a 4.6/ 7 in the overnights on 4/01/12. Like last fall’s edition of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” “Celebrity Apprentice” is not benefiting by this so-called all-star edition.

Elsewhere, ABC opened with an encore of classic 1994 animated holiday special “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, which scored a mere 1.6/ 3 at 7 p.m. (#3). Next was a repeat of “Once Upon a Time” at an also dismal 1.6/ 3 at 8 p.m. (#3), which did not benefit original episodes of lead-outs “Revenge” (#2: 3.9/ 6) and struggling “Red Widow” (#3: 2.7/ 5) from 9-11 p.m. Comparably, “Revenge” and “Red Widow” slipped, on average, by 39 percent from year-ago occupants “Desperate Housewives” (6.3/ 9 on 4/01/12) and “GCB” (4.6/ 8).

Fox capped off the night with repeats of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 0.9/ 2), “The Cleveland Show” (#4: 1.1/ 2), “The Simpsons” (#3: 1.7/ 3), another episode of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 1.4/ 2), “Family Guy” (#4: 2.0/ 3) and “American Dad” (#4: 1.8/ 3) from 7-10 p.m.

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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