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Ratings News - 16th December 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.

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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 Overnights

Sunday 12/15/13 Metered Markets
Football Leads NBC to Victory; Respectable “Survivor” Season-Ender on CBS

NBC 8.6/14
Fox 7.7/12
CBS 6.4/10
ABC 3.6/ 6

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 12/16/12:
Fox: +267, ABC: +20, NBC: -22, Fox: -43


“Sunday Night Football” (NBC), “The OT” (Fox)

-Honorable Mention:
“60 Minutes” (CBS), “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” (CBS)

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


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was another overnight Sunday victory for NBC, which featured the Cincinnati Bengals at the Pittsburgh Steelers. The match-up averaged an approximate 10.9 rating/18 share in the overnights from 8:30-11 p.m., with pre-game “Football Night in America” at a 1.6/ 3 at 7 p.m. (#4), a 2.6/ 4 at 7:30 p.m. (#4) and a dominant 8.0/11 in the 8 p.m. half-hour.

In season-finale news, “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” concluded on CBS with a second-place 6.2/10 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., which was 14 percent below the year-ago edition set in the Philippines (7.2/11 from 9-11 p.m. on 12/16/12 out of a CBS News special featuring President Obama addressing the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut). Based on the live same day data, that year-ago season-ender translated into 11.46 million viewers and a 3.2/ 8 among adults 18-49.

Next on the Eye net was the live “Survivor” Reunion at a 4.6/ 8 from 10-11 p.m. Keep in mind that the individual program results on CBS are estimated due to the approximate five-minute late start.

As for “Survivor,” bravo to Mark Burnett and company for finding yet another way to rejuvenate this veteran reality/competition creatively. But speaking as the ultimate fan (who has yet to miss an episode to-date), I do hope Exile Island is given a rest. When a contestant is voted off, I personally prefer to see them bid officially adieu.

Earlier in the evening on CBS was granddaddy “60 Minutes” at a second-place 8.0/13 from 7-8 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox got a boost care of the 15.7/27 for the half-hour NFL Football primetime overrun at 7 p.m., which led into a dominant 14.7/24 for post-game “The OT” at 7:30 p.m. Veteran “The Simpsons” got a lift with a third-place 5.5/ 9 in the overnights at 8 p.m., followed by “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 3.6/ 6), “Family Guy” (#4: 4.2/ 7) and “American Dad” (#4: 3.3/ 5) from 8:30-10 p.m.

ABC, meanwhile, was on par with recent sluggish Sunday overnight levels care of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (#3: 3.5/ 6), “Once Upon a Time” (#4: 4.1/ 6), “Revenge” (#4: 4.2/ 7) and canceled “Betrayal” (#3: 2.4/ 4). As a reminder, upcoming midseason drama “Resurrection” will debut in the Sunday 9 p.m. hour on ABC on March 9, 2014 (into relocated “Revenge” at 10 p.m.).

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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). Friday's Final Adjusted Ratings are normally available on the following Monday.

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

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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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