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Ratings News - 14th October 2013

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 10/13/13 Metered Markets
Football Leads NBC to Victory

NBC 10.3/17
Fox 9.6/16
CBS 6.7/11
ABC 3.5/ 6

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 10/14/12:
Fox: +48, NBC: + 5, CBS: -12, ABC: -29


“Sunday Night Football” (NBC), “The OT” (Fox), “American League Champion Series,” Game 2 (Fox)

-Noticeable Slippage:
“Once Upon a Time” (ABC), “Revenge” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC), “Betrayal” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was victory for “Sunday Night Football” on NBC with the Washington Redskins at the Dallas Cowboys at an estimated 13.6 rating/22 share in the overnights from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Comparably, that was a 10 percent gain over the Green Bay Packers at the Houston Texans one year earlier.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was pre-game “Football Night in America” at a 1.4/ 3 at 7 p.m. (#4), a 3.3/ 6 at 7:30 p.m. (#2) and a dominant 8.7/14 at 8 p.m. Keep in mind, that last night included the fourth season-premiere of AMC drama “The Walking Dead” at 9 p.m. ET.

Fox got a boost from the 17.8/32 in the 7 p.m. half-hour with its NFL overrun, which led into Post-Game “The OT” at a 15.0/26 at 7:30 p.m. Next was game two of the American League Championship Series, Detroit at Boston, at an estimated 6.0/10 in the overnights from 8-11 p.m. Comparably, that was 28 percent above game one of the National League Championship Series on the year-ago evening (4.7/ 8 on 10/14/12).

Elsewhere, CBS has experienced slippage on Sunday with its regularly scheduled combination of “60 Minutes” (#2: 8.1/14; -11 percent from one year earlier), “The Amazing Race” (#3: 5.7/ 9; -15 percent), “The Good Wife” (#2: 6.3/10; -10 percent) and “The Mentalist” (#2: 6.5/11; -13 percent) down, on average, by 12 percent. While the Eye net has bigger concerns elsewhere, Sunday will have to be addressed at some point.

In season-premiere news, veteran “America’s Funniest Home Videos” slipped to a third-place 2.9/ 5 in the overnights at 7 p.m., which was down by 22 percent from the 3.7/ 6 on the year-ago evening. Next was deteriorating “Once Upon a Time” (#4: 4.5/ 7 at 8 p.m.), which dropped by 30 percent from one year earlier (6.4/10 on 10/14/12). And once water-cooler worthy “Revenge” at 9 p.m. (#4: 4.1/ 6) was off by 31 percent from the 5.9/ 9 one year earlier.

In week three news, ABC drama “Betrayal” sunk to a 2.3/ 4 at 10 p.m., which was 38 percent below failed year-ago occupant “666 Park Avenue” (3.7/ 6 on 10/14/12) and 44 percent below lead-in “Revenge.” Had ABC not already canceled “Lucky 7,” “Betrayal’s” departure would probably be immediate. Three week overnight track for “Betrayal”: 3.5/ 6 – 2.8/ 5 – 2.3/ 4.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Source: Marc Berman@tvmediainsights

About the Daily Ratings

Each day (except Sunday) during the main TV Season we post the TV Ratings for the previous nights primetime shows for the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC). Cable Network ratings will be added to the Ratings Database.

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).

Next, if available, we will post the Top 25 Market 18-49 Ratings to give you a rough idea of the ratings to following.

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/Renewals/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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