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Ratings News - 24th 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.

Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
The World Series Lifts Fox to Victory

Wednesday 10/23/13

Fox 9.8/17
CBS 6.8/11
ABC 4.9/ 8
NBC 3.7/ 6
CW 1.8/ 3


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 10/24/12:
Fox: +11, CBS: – 3, NBC and CW: -10 each, ABC: -17


2013 World Series, Game One (Fox), “Survivor” (CBS), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “CSI” (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
“The Middle” (ABC)

“Back in the Game” (ABC), “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Super Fun Night” (ABC), “Nashville” (ABC), “Ironside” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Game one of the 2013 World Series, St. Louis Cardinals at the Boston Red Sox, led Fox to midweek victory with an estimated 9.8 rating/15 share in the overnights in primetime. Comparably, that outdelivered the year-ago game one match-up between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers (8.8/14 on 10/24/12) by 11 percent. And that game translated into 12.24 million viewers and a 3.6 rating/10 share among adults 18-49, according to the live plus same day data. As a reminder, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

CBS finished second overall for the night with its perennial combination of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” (#2: 6.2/10), “Criminal Minds” (#2: 7.5/12) and the 300th episode of “CSI” (#2: 6.7/12), with all three hours on par from one year earlier. Given some the time period leaks elsewhere, CBS has no need to address its still potent Wednesday night line-up. If it works don’t fix it. For a conversation about must-see “Survivor,” please visit our Facebook page by clicking on the following: http://tinyurl.com/ckermnd

Next was ABC, which was carried, of course, by the 7.4/12 in the overnights for rock-solid “Modern Family” at 9 p.m. Comparably, that bested lead-in “Back in the Game” (#3: 4.2/ 7 at 8:30 p.m.) by 76 percent. Although “Back in the Game” did build by 11 percent from one week earlier (3.8/ 6 on Oct. 16), it was still down by 12 percent from year-ago occupant “The Neighbors” (4.8/ 8 on 10/24/12).

Earlier in the evening on ABC was episode 100 of always reliable “The Middle” at a third-place 5.7/ 9 in the overnights at 8 p.m.

In episode four news, “Super Fun Night” on ABC (#4: 4.1/ 7 at 9:30 p.m.) dipped by five percent from one week earlier, which was 25 percent below year-ago occupant “Suburgatory” (5.5/ 9 on 10/24/12). Comparably, retention for “Super Fun Night” out of “Modern Family” was a disappointing 55 percent (which was six percent below the 61 percent for “Suburgatory” out of “Modern Family” last year). Four-week overnight track for “Super Fun Night”: 5.5/ 9 – 4.7/ 8 – 4.3/ 7 – 4.1/ 7.

Sophomore drama “Nashville” closed out the night for ABC with a third-place 4.0/ 7 at 10 p.m., which was 17 percent below the 4.8/ 8 on the year-ago evening.

Elsewhere, relocated “Revolution” on NBC scored a now typical 3.7/ 6 at 8 p.m. (#4), which was 25 percent above failed year-ago sitcoms “Animal Practice” (2.8/ 5 on 10/24/12) and “Guys With Kids” (3.1/ 5). Veteran “Law & Order: SVU” followed with a below average (and fourth-place 4.3/ 7), which was down 16 percent compared to the year-ago evening. And it led into the series-finale of the revival of “Ironside,” which earned its cancellation stripes with a last-place 3.2/ 6 at 10 p.m. Note to the networks: most classic shows are not worth revisiting.

In week three news, CW drama “The Tomorrow People” slipped to a 1.5/ 2 at 9 p.m. (#5), which was 12 percent below week two (but still an improvement of seven percent from year-ago occupant “Supernatural” – 1.4/ 2 on 10/24/12). Comparably, retention for “The Tomorrow People” out of “Arrow” (#5: 2.1/ 3, down 22 percent from the year-ago evening) was an acceptable 71 percent. Let’s see what the young demos look like.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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

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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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