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Ratings News - 26th February 2014

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)

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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.

Tuesday 2/25/14 Metered Market Ratings
Respectable Sampling for “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher” Encores on NBC; “Mind Games” DOA on ABC

CBS 8.9/14
NBC 5.6/ 9
ABC 4.9/ 8
Fox 2.2/ 3
CW 1.4/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 2/26/13:
NBC: +124, CW: +56, ABC: +14, CBS: -12, Fox: -21


“NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS), “Person of Interest” (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
“The Bachelor” (ABC), “The Originals” (CW), “About a Boy” R (NBC), “Supernatural” (CW)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Glee” (Fox), “New Girl” (Fox), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)


-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped this final February Tuesday in the household overnights, beating No. 2 NBC by 59 percent with its line-up of “NCIS” (11.1 rating/17 share – #1 for the evening), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (8.5/13) and “Person of Interest” (7.1/12). The trio of scripted dramas finished first each of the six half-hours, but NBC had some crowing rights of its own.

“The Voice,” which will win the 8 p.m. hour with ease in the key young adult demos, scored a solid second-place 7.9/12 in the overnights. Excluding the Dec. 17 fall finale, this was the highest rated Tuesday installment of the singing competition since Oct. 22, 2013. The year-ago “Voice” Tuesday night return (minus facing “The Bachelor on ABC) was an 8.4/13 in the overnights on March 26, 2013,

Encores of the pilot episodes of new NBC comedies “About a Boy” (5.0/ 8) and “Growing Up Fisher” (4.2/ 6) finished third from 9-10 p.m., with “About a Boy” scoring NBC’s best household overnights in the Tuesday 9 p.m. half-hour (excluding The Olympics) since “The Voice” fall season-ender on Dec. 17. Sophomore “Chicago Fire” followed with a second-place 4.4/ 7 at 10 p.m., which was 63 percent above the series-premiere of competing ABC drama “Mind Games” (2.7/ 5).

Comparably, “Mind Games” held only 44 percent of the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “The Bachelor” (6.2/ 9). And it dipped by 23 percent in the second-half hour (3.1/ 5 to 2.4/ 4), which points to considerable expected erosion next week from this already anemic debut. Last fall, failed ABC drama “Lottery,” the first new series cancellation of the current season, opened with a 3.1/ 5 on 9/24/13. It looks like “Mind Games” star Christian Slater (“Breaking In,” “My Own Worst Enemy” and “The Forgotten”) has another flop on his hands.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was the aforementioned Tuesday edition of “The Bachelor” at a very respectable 6.0/ 9 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. The moral of that story: Three very different series can successfully co-exist in a time period.

Over at Fox, tired “Glee” was DOA in its return to the Tuesday 8 p.m. hour with a series-low 2.2/ 3. Minus any lead-in support, “New Girl” (#4: 2.2/ 3) and recently relocated “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 2.0/ 3) could not complete from 9-10 p.m. Note to Fox: Maybe you should move up the graduation of “Glee” to this spring (instead of next season).

The CW capped off the evening with its already renewed combination of dramas “The Originals” (#5: 1.4/ 2) and veteran “Supernatural” (#5: 1.5/ 2). The two, on average, outdelivered year-ago occupants “Hart of Dixie” (1.2/ 2 on 2/26/13) and “Cult” (0.7/ 1) by 53 percent.

In late night, the momentum for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” continued, with a 4.0/10 in the overnights from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. equal to “The Late Show With David Letterman” on CBS (2.3/ 6) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC (1.7/ 4) combined. Night two of “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on NBC beat the competition combined with a 2.2/ 8 from 12:30-1:30 a.m., which was just 15 percent below its debut 2.6/ 9 on Monday. “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” on CBS scored a distant 1.1/ 4, followed by “Nightline” on ABC with a 1.0/ 3.

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.

Additional Ratings Resources

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