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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.

Wednesday 1/22/14 Metered Market Ratings
“American Idol” Down but Still Very Dominant

Household
Rating/Share
Fox 8.6/13
CBS 5.2/ 8
ABC 4.5/ 7
NBC 4.0/ 6
CW 1.5/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 1/23/13:
NBC: +90, ABC: -13, Fox: -17, CBS: -20, CW: -21

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-Winners (but all down year-to-year):
“American Idol” (Fox), “The Middle” (ABC), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “CSI” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Super Fun Night” (ABC), “The Tomorrow People” (CW), “Nashville” (ABC)

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-Ratings Breakdown:
“American Idol” led Fox to another overnight Wednesday victory, with an 8.6 rating/13 share from 8-10 p.m. (peaking in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour at a 9.1/14). But, mirroring recent seasons, “Idol” remains on the downside with a year-to-year loss of 17 percent.

Second overall for the night was CBS care of encores of sitcoms “The Crazy Ones” (#4: 2.6/ 4) and “Mom” (#4: 2.6/ 4) from 8-9 p.m., followed by original episodes of “Criminal Minds” (#1: 6.8/10) and “CSI” (#1: 6.2/10) from 9-11 p.m. Year-to-year, slippage for the two veteran crime solvers was 14 percent for “Criminal Minds” and 16 percent for “CSI.” Keep in mind that regularly scheduled Wednesday 8 p.m. occupant “Survivor” will return on Feb. 26 with a season themed “Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty.”

The standout on ABC, of course, was “Modern Family” at a dominant 6.8/10 in the overnights at 9 p.m. Comparably, that built from lead-in “Suburgatory” (#2: 4.1/ 6 at 8:30 p.m.) by 66 percent. And lead-out “Super Fun Night” slipped to fourth, with a 3.2/ 5 at 9:30 p.m. But year-to-year, “Modern Family” was down by 14 percent.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was “The Middle” at a second-place 5.6/ 9 at 8 p.m. And sophomore drama “Nashville” finished third at 10 p.m. with a 3.7/ 6, which was 12 percent below the already lackluster 4.2/ 7 on the year-ago evening.

In week three news, NBC drama “Chicago Fire” rose by eight percent week-to-week, with a second-place 4.1/ 7 at 10 p.m. Comparably, retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “Law & Order: SVU” (4.6/ 7) was solid at 89 percent. But a 4.4/ 7 overall for “SVU” from 9-10 p.m. finished a distant fourth in the time period. At 8 p.m. on NBC was sophomore “Revolution” at a third-place 3.4/ 5, which was a minor improvement from one week earlier (and up by 70 percent from repeats of sitcoms “Whitney” and “Guys With Kids” on the year-ago evening).

The CW capped off the evening with reliable “Arrow” (#5: 2.0/ 3) and struggling “The Tomorrow People” (#5: 1.1/ 2), which is moving to Monday at 9 p.m. out of new drama “Star-Crossed” effective on March 17.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data


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.

Renew/Cancel
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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