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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
Mixed Results for Quartet of Season Enders

Thursday 5/09/13
Metered Market Results

Household
Rating/Share
CBS 8.1/13
Fox 6.4/10
ABC 5.5/ 9
NBC 2.4/ 4
CW 1.4/ 2

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-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 5/11/12:
CBS: + 1, NBC: no change, ABC: – 4, Fox: – 5, CW: -18

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-Winners:
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Two and a Half Men” (CBS), “American Idol” (Fox), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
‘Wipeout” (ABC), “Community” (NBC), “Beauty and the Beast” (CW), “Hannibal” (NBC)

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-Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy Thursday overnight victory for CBS, which bested No. 2 Fox by 1.7 rating points. But all was not a bed of roses on the Eye net with overrated 10 p.m. freshman drama “Elementary” second behind competing “Scandal” on ABC (6.2 rating/11 share vs. 6.8/12), with retention out of the season-finale of “Person of Interest” (#1: 8.6/14 at 9 p.m.) of 72 percent.

Earlier in the evening on CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” topped the night, of course, with a 10.5/18 at 8 p.m. And that led into the season-finale of “Two and a Half Men,” featuring guest star Marilu Henner, at a second-place 8.3/14 at 8:30 p.m. Considering the “half,” Angus T. Jones, is being shipped off to Japan, it will really just be “Two Men” next season. And let’s do hope that the scene stealing Holland Taylor does return. As for Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik), it looks like “The Big Bang Theory” might have to be “R” rated next season!

Rumor has it that CBS will be expanding to two-hours of comedies on Thursday next season. Stay tuned.

“American Idol” on Fox remained down, but not out with a second-pace 8.4/14 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m., which was 21 percent below the 10.7/18 one year earlier. That led into the fourth season-finale of “Glee” at a third-place 4.3/ 7 at 9 p.m., which held only 47 percent of the 8:30 p.m. portion of “Idol” (9.1/15). While “Glee” was worthy of a fall 2013 pick-up, the two season renewal was one two many. For more on “American Idol,” scroll down to Other Network News.

In season-premiere news, familiar ABC summer occupant “Wipeout” returned with a disappointing 3.0/ 5 from 8-9 p.m., which was 36 percent below failed year-ago drama “Missing” (4.7/ 8 on 5/10/12). Veteran lead-out “Grey’s Anatomy” perked up to second at 9 p.m., with a 6.7/11, which was eight percent below one year earlier (7.3/12 on 5/10/12). And aforementioned “Scandal,” also from Shonda Rhimes, won the 10 p.m. hour with a 6.8/12.

Over at NBC, on the fence “Community” closed its abbreviated season with a mere fourth-place 2.1/ 4 at 8 p.m., and its potential renewal is dependent on the need for more episodes in off-network. At present, there are 84.

Next on NBC was a repeat of “The Office” (#4t, 1.7/ 3 at 8:30 p.m.), followed by a one-hour episode of the next-to-last episode of “The Office” (#4: 3.2/ 5 from 9-10 p.m.) and recent drama entry “Hannibal,” which could only muster a 1.9/ 3 at 10 p.m. (#3). The gory nature of the storytelling on “Hannibal” is not, unfortunately, synonymous with ample tune-in.

Next was The CW with its pairing of “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.8/ 3), which was down by 14 percent year-to-year, and the unnecessarily renewed “Beauty and the Beast” at a 1.0/ 2 at 9 p.m. (#5). Comparably, that was down by 17 percent from failed year-ago occupant “The Secret Circle” (#5: 1.2/ 2 on 5/10/12).

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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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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