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Ratings News - 8th 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)

NOTE: The CW ratings below will be inflated due to NFL in NYC. We'll post the final adjusted numbers in the Ratings Database when they are released in about 6 hrs time.

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 10/07/13 Metered Markets
CBS Continues to Lose Steam

ABC 8.4/13
NBC 8.4/13
Fox 4.8/ 7
CBS 4.5/ 7
CW 0.9/ 1


-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening – Monday 10/08/12:
Fox: +37, NBC: +15, CW: no change, ABC: – 7, CBS: -17


“The Voice” (NBC), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox), “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Castle” (ABC)

-Honorable Mention:
“How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), “Bones” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“We Are Men” (CBS), “Beauty and the Beast” (CW), “Hostages” (CBS)


-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC and NBC tied for overnight household dominance on this third Monday of the new TV season, and NBC, of course, will win the evening in adults 18-49 (and other key young adult demos) thanks to “The Voice” and “The Blacklist.” “The Voice” opened with an 8.9 rating/13 share in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., which was seven percent above the 8.3/12 on the year-ago evening and two percent below competing “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC (9.1/14). And bona fide hit (and just full season renewed) “The Blacklist” followed with a 7.3/12 at 10 p.m., which was 40 percent above year-ago occupant “Revolution” (5.2/ 8 on 10/08/12). Three week overnight track for “The Blacklist”: 8.0/12 – 7.7/13 – 7.3/12.

As predicted, “The Blacklist” is the new hit of the young TV season.

Aforementioned “Dancing With the Stars,” which has certainly revitalized its look and feel this season, led into underrated “Castle,” which finished a comfortable second behind “The Blacklist” in the overnights with a 7.0/12 at 10 p.m. Comparably, that was right on par from one year earlier (while “Dancing With the Stars” dipped by just eight percent). Sadly…and stop reading if you don’t want to know who exited “Dancing With the Stars”…last night was the departure of the courageous Valerie Harper, who is the true definition of the word survivor. Too bad none of her former “MTM” co-star were present to cheer her on.

CBS, unfortunately, continues to lose steam on Monday, which will only be magnified once “How I Met Your Mother” concludes next spring. Overnight results for “How I Met Your Mothers” was solid at a third-place 5.7/ 9 at 8 p.m., which was six percent above one year earlier (and will certainly translate well demographically). But week two of “We Are Men” sunk to fourth with a 3.9/ 6 at 8:30 p.m., which was 15 percent below its already disappointing 4.6/ 7 one week earlier (and only a minor improvement over failed year-ago occupant “Partners”). Given that “Mike & Molly” is waiting in the wings with a full season episode order, “We Are Men” could be the second new series cancellation of the season. Tick, tock…the cancellation clock is ticking.

At 9 p.m., once promising “2 Broke Girls” continues to lose steam on CBS with a 5.1/ 8 (#3t) down by 18 percent from the year-ago evening (6.2/ 9 on 10/08/12). And week three of lead-out “Mom” followed with a compatible 4.9/ 7, which was equal to one week earlier (but down by 12 percent from former time period occupant “Mike & Molly” on the year-ago evening). Three week overnight track for “Mom”: 5.5/ 8 – 4.9/ 7 – 4.9/ 7.

Week three of Eye net drama “Hostages,” meanwhile, continues to bleed with a distant third-place 3.8/ 6 at 10 p.m. Comparably, this was a loss of a hefty 34 percent from “Hawaii Five-O” on the year-ago evening (5.8/ 9 on 10/08/12) with retention out of “Mom” of 78 percent. Three week overnight track for “Hostages”: 5.1/ 9 – 4.1/ 7 – 3.8/ 6. Chances are CBS will end up moving “Hostages” to Saturday before the November sweeps to burn-off its remaining episodes.

Over at Fox, which finished third overall for the night (ahead of CBS), veteran “Bones” (#4: 4.6/ 7 at 8 p.m.) led into episode four of “Sleepy Hollow,” which earned its second season renewal with a 5.0/ 8 (#3t) from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, that outdelivered failed year-ago time period occupant “The Mob Doctor” (2.4/ 4 on 10/08/12) by 108 percent. Four week overnight track for “Sleepy Hollow”: 6.1/ 9 – 5.7/ 8 – 5.2/ 8 – 5.0/ 8.

In season-premiere news, “Hart of Dixie” on The CW opened year three with a bland 1.1/ 2 (#5) at 8 p.m., which was actually 22 percent above dying year-ago occupant “90210” (0.9/ 1 on 10/08/12). But relocated “Beauty and the Beast” was DOR (dead on return) at 9 p.m. with a mere 0.7/ 1, which trailed its year-ago series-opener (2.4/ 4 on Thursday 10/11/12 at 9 p.m.) by 71 percent.

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

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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