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Ratings News - 3rd May 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
Two Sluggish Season Enders

Thursday 5/02/13
Metered Market Results

CBS 8.1/13
Fox 5.8/ 9
ABC 5.1/ 8
NBC 2.2/ 4
CW 1.4/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 5/04/12:
CBS: no change, CW: -12, NBC: – 4, ABC: – 9, Fox: -23


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

-Fading Fast:
“American Idol” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Community” (NBC), “Wife Swap” (ABC), “The Office” (NBC), “Glee” (Fox), “Beauty and the Beast” (CW), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “Hannibal” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy Thursday overnight victory for CBS, but not a clean sweep in every half-hour. Red-hot “The Big Bang Theory,” featuring a guest shot by the legendary Bob Newhart, topped the night, with a 10.8 rating/18 share at 8 p.m. Comparably, that was up by 16 percent year-to-year. Next was just renewed “Two and a Half Men” at a dominant 8.1/13 at 8:30 p.m. (up 40 percent from year-ago occupant “Rules of Engagement”), followed by sophomore “Person of Interest” at a winning 8.6/14 from 9-10 p.m.

Although the Eye net’s freshman “Elementary” led the 10 p.m. hour overall with a 6.3/11 (three percent ahead of the 6.1/11 for competing “Scandal” on ABC), by 10:30 p.m. “Scandal” inched past “Elementary” (6.1/11 vs. 6.0/11). And “Scandal” will have no trouble holding a considerable lead among adults 18-49 (and other key young adult demos). “Scandal” is a “winner;” “Elementary” (which will likely be shipped off to Friday next season) is not.

There was two season finales last night: “Wife Swap” on ABC and “Parks and Recreation” on NBC. Although ABC could keep cost effective “Wife Swap” in production as a utility player, the third-place 2.7/ 4 in the overnights at 8 p.m. does not warrant a spot on the fall schedule. “Parks and Recreation” rated lower, with a fourth-place 2.2/ 3 at 9:30 p.m. (out of a 2.7/ 4 — also No. 4 — for soon-to-conclude “The Office” at 9 p.m.). But since NBC will return next fall without “30 Rock” and “The Office,” chances are the critically acclaimed “Parks and Recreation” will also return.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was sluggish “Community” with a fourth-place 2.0/ 3 at 8 p.m., followed by another episode of “The Office” at a 2.6/ 4 (#4) at 8:30 p.m. Recently introduced drama “Hannibal” (which has sparked some interest via DVR usage) could not compete, with a very last-place 2.0/ 3 in the overnights at 10 p.m. Comparably, that was only a slight improvement over failed year-ago occupant “Awake” (1.8/ 3 on 5/03/12).

In order for NBC to effectively compete next season, it must concentrate on finding something stronger to open the evening with.

ABC, meanwhile, was on the 9 p.m. map care of veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” with a second-place 6.4/10. Comparably, “Grey’s” built from the 8:30 p.m. portion of “Wife Swap” (2.7/ 4) by 137 percent. And it dipped from the year-ago evening (7.0/11 on 5/03/12) by only nine percent.

Over at Fox, the live “American Idol” Results Show finished second from 8-9 p.m., with a 7.9/13. Comparably, that was 27 percent below the 10.8/18 on the year-ago evening. Tired “Glee” followed with a third-place 3.7/ 6 at 9 p.m., which was 12 percent below year-ago occupant “Touch” (4.2/ 7 on 5/03/12). And the retention out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of “American Idol” (8.3/14) was only 45 percent. A two-season renewal…really?

The CW closed the night with its renewed combination of “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.7/ 3), which is worthy of its pick-up, and “Beauty and the Beast” (#5: 1.1/ 2), which is not.

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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