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Ratings News - 7th 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 10/06/13 Metered Markets
Football Rules Sunday

CBS 10.8/17
NBC 9.1/15
ABC 3.5/ 6
Fox 3.0/ 5

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 10/07/12:
CBS: +19, NBC: + 1, Fox: -12, ABC: -27


“60 Minutes” (CBS), “Sunday Night Football” (NBC)

-Honorable Mention:
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

-Notable Erosion:
“Once Upon a Time” (ABC), “Revenge” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Betrayal” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS led this second Sunday of the new TV season in the overnights thanks to the mammoth 21.7 rating/38 share for the Denver Broncos at the Dallas Cowboys for the primetime football overrun in the 7 p.m. half-hour. Due to the live nature of the event, all individual program results for the Eye net are approximate.

Granddaddy “60 Minutes,” which was pushed back to 7:30 p.m. (and included some portion of the football game) averaged an estimated 14.8/24 in the overnights from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Next was “The Amazing Race” at an above average 7.7/12 from 8:30-9:30 p.m., followed by “The Good Wife” (#2: 6.8/11) from 9:30-10:30 p.m. and “The Mentalist” at a distant second-place 6.2/12 from 10:30-11:30 p.m. Remember…these are not “clean” overnight averages, with each show including portions of something else in it.

In week two news, ABC drama “Betrayal” dipped to a mere 2.8/ 5 at 10 p.m., which was 20 percent below its already DOA opening one week earlier (3.5/ 6 on Sept. 29) and 24 percent below failed year-ago time period occupant “666 Park Avenue” (3.7/ 6 on 10/07/12). Retention for “Betrayal” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “Revenge” (4.4/ 7), meanwhile, was only 64 percent. While the cancellation clock is ticking, ABC already axing “Lucky 7” could give “Betrayal” a slightly longer shelf life.

“Revenge,” overall, finished a distant third in the 9 p.m. hour with a 4.5/ 7 in the overnights. Comparably, that was 24 percent below the 5.9/ 9 on the year-ago evening.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was a repeat of “Once Upon a Time” at a third-place 1.8/ 3 at 7 p.m., followed by the original installment at a diluted 4.9/ 8 (#3) at 8 p.m. One year earlier, “Once Upon a Time” averaged a 6.2/ 9 (on 10/07/12), which was 27 percent higher.

“Sunday Night Football” was a standout on NBC, of course, with the Houston Texans at the San Francisco 49ers at a estimated 11.3/19 from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Leading into “Sunday Night Football” was pre-game “Football night in America” at a 1.4/ 2 at 7:30 p.m. (#4), a 4.1/ 7 at 7:30 p.m. (#2) and a 7.6/12 (#2) at 8 p.m.

Fox capped off the evening with its animated combination of two repeat episodes of “The Simpsons” (#3: avg. 2.2/ 4 from 7-8 p.m.), the original installment of “The Simpsons” (“Treehouse of Horror XXIV”: #4: 4.1/ 6), “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 2.8/ 4), “Family Guy” (#4: 3.4/ 5) and “American Dad” (#4: 2.8/ 4). Although you cannot judge an animated Fox comedy by the overnights, a year-to-year loss of 17 percent for “Family Guy” (versus a 4.1/ 6 on 10/07/12) could be a concern.

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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