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Ratings News - 29th 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)

If you are new to ratings or still confused, we recommend you read this excellent Ratings FAQ.

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.

Monday 10/28/13 Metered Markets
Baseball Wins; Multiple Success for Diversified Slate

Fox 9.2/14
ABC 8.4/13
NBC 7.9/12
CBS 4.6/ 7
CW 1.0/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 10/29/12:
Fox: +441, CW: +100, NBC: +11, CBS: no change, ABC: -13


“The World Series,” Game 5 (Fox), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “The Voice” (NBC), “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Castle” (ABC)

-Honorable Mention:
“How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “The Big Bang Theory” R (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Hart of Dixie” (CW), “Beauty and the Beast” (CW), “Hostages” (CBS)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Game 5 of “The World Series” (Boston 3, St. Louis 1) led Fox to an unprecedented Monday overnight victory with an estimated 9.2 rating/14 share from 8-11 p.m. (peaking in the 10 p.m. half-hour, with an 11.8/18). But ABC and NBC were also on the map, with the three networks combined totaling a 25.5/39 in primetime. Factor in the 4.6/ 7 for CBS and the Big 4 networks scored a 30.1 overnight household rating. In other words, never underestimate the value of a diversified programming slate on the broadcast networks. There is room for multiple hit shows competing against each other.

The mammoth year-to-year growth for Fox — +441 percent — was a result of an encore of “The X Factor” airing one year earlier.

In the 8-10 p.m. battle of “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC versus “The Voice” on NBC, a 9.1/14 for still healthy “Dancing With the Stars” was 10 percent above the 8.3/13 for “The Voice.” But “The Voice,” of course, will hold a double-digit demo advantage, while “Dancing With the Stars” remains more of an option for the older viewers. Note to departed Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: not enough of the “Jersey Shore” audience was probably watching, unfortunately. Next week’s edition of “Dancing With the Stars” will feature guest judge Cher in place of Len Goodman.

A solid second behind baseball in the 10 p.m. hour was “The Blacklist” on NBC, with a 7.0/12 (and growth of 27 percent from year-ago occupant “Revolution” – 5.5/ 9 on 10/29/12). Competing “Castle” on ABC scored a comfortable 6.8/11 at 10 p.m., followed by lackluster “Hostages” at CBS at a very last-place 3.3/ 5. One year earlier (and minus baseball in the competitive mix), former occupant “Hawaii Five-O” was considerably stronger at a 5.3/ 8 (on 10/29/12).

Over at CBS, the 8-10 p.m. sitcom block — “How I Met Your Mother” (#4: 5.6/ 9), “2 Broke Girls” (#4: 5.4/ 8), an encore of “The Big Bang Theory” (#4: 5.5/ 8) and “Mom” (#4” 4.7/ 7) — were all on par with their week-ago overnight performances (despite facing “The World Series”). Next week, “Mike & Molly” returns for its fourth season-opener at 9 p.m.

Given the severity of the competition, struggling CW dramas “Hart of Dixie” (#5: 1.2/ 2) and “Beauty and the Beast” (#5: 0.8/ 1) could not gain any traction.

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)

If you are new to ratings or still confused, we recommend you read this excellent Ratings FAQ.

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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