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Ratings News - 17th March 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.

Sunday 3/16/14 Metered Markets
Dominant “Resurrection” on ABC; Modest “Believe” and “Crisis” on NBC

CBS 6.5/10
ABC 4.9/ 8
NBC 4.1/ 7
Fox 2.7/ 4

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 3/17/13:
ABC: +26, Fox: +23, NBC: + 8, CBS: – 3


“60 Minutes” (CBS), “Resurrection” (ABC)

“Believe” (NBC), “Cosmo: A Spacetime Odyssey” (Fox), “Crisis” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Bob’s Burgers” (Fox), “American Dad” (Fox), “Revenge” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped this third Sunday in March, besting No. 2 ABC by 33 percent in the household overnights. But week two of ABC drama “Resurrection” dominated the 9 p.m. hour with a 7.0 rating/10 share, which was a hefty 56 percent above the time period premiere of competing drama “Believe” on NBC (4.5/ 7). Comparably, “Resurrection” built from the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “Once Upon a Time” (#2: 4.6/ 7) by 52 percent, with slippage from last Sunday’s highly touted premiere (8.5/13 on March 9) of only 18 percent.

“Believe,” meanwhile, increased by 18 percent from the first hour of year-ago occupant “Celebrity Apprentice” (3.8/ 6 on 3/17/13). And it led NBC to its best performance in the time period (excluding sports and the “Golden Globe Awards”) since Jan. 6, 2013. But compared to its bloated debut out of “The Voice” last Monday (6.8/11 on March 10), this was a loss of 34 percent.

In series-premiere news, “Crisis” on NBC at 10 p.m. matched “Believe,” also with a 4.5 rating (and an 8 share). And that too was up from year-ago occupant “Celebrity Apprentice” and led NBC to its best performance (excluding sports and The Golden Globes) in over one year. But since most new shows drop by 10 to 20 percent in week two, this is not necessarily a positive start for “Crisis,” which trailed CBS’ on-the-fence competitor “The Mentalist” (#1: 5.8/10) by 22 percent.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was a clips edition of “The Voice” (The Best of the Blind Auditions) at a 3.6/ 6 in the overnights from 7-9 p.m. CBS opened the night with granddaddy “60 Minutes” at a dominant 8.2/14 from 7-8 p.m., followed by episode three of the current season of “The Amazing Race” at a first-place 5.7/ 9 from 8-9 p.m. “The Good Wife” finished a respectable second in the 9 p.m. hour with a 6.3/ 9, which was only 10 percent below competing “Resurrection.” But “Resurrection” is expected to strengthen its lead in all key demographics by significant proportions.

ABC kicked-off its night with perennial “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at a second-place 3.7/ 6 at 7 p.m., followed by aforementioned “Once Upon a Time” at a 4.7/ 7 (#2) from 8-9 p.m., which was on par with the week-ago and year-ago weeks. Particularly disappointing, however, was relocated “Revenge” at a third-place 4.2/ 7 at 10 p.m., which was 39 percent below the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “Resurrection” (6.9/10).

In more week two news, “Cosmos” A Spacetime Odyssey” on Fox dipped to a last-place 3.4/ 5 in the overnights at 9 p.m., which was a loss of eight percent from the 3.7/ 6 one week earlier. Keep in mind that last week’s debut was also seen simultaneously on National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life, which makes this minor loss more significant. The remainder of the episodes will be repeated on National Geographic Channel on Monday evenings with additional new footage.

Leading into “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” was Fox’s revamped animated combination of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 1.7/ 3), “American Dad” (#4: 1.8/ 3), “The Simpsons” (#4: 2.8/ 4) and “Family Guy” (#4: 3.1/ 5), which are all, of course, dependent on the young adult demos.

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.

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