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Ratings News - 26th 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.

Metered Market Tuesday Ratings
Consistent Results for Promising “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher” on NBC

Tuesday 3/25/14

CBS 9.5/15
NBC 4.9/ 8
Fox 2.1/ 3
ABC 1.7/ 3
CW 1.3/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 3/26/13
CW: +117, CBS: + 9, NBC: + 4, Fox: -28, ABC: -76


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

-Honorable Mention:
“About a Boy” (NBC)

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


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean overnight household sweep for CBS on this final Tuesday in March with its combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the evening: 11.3 rating/18 share), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9.6/15) and “Person of Interest” (7.6/13). Comparably, “Person of Interest” bested failed year-ago occupant “Golden Boy” (5.5/ 9 on 3/26/13) by 38 percent. And if the Eye net does move “The Big Bang Theory” to Monday next season, sending “Person of Interest” back into the Thursday 9 p.m. hour might offset some of the losses on the night incurred by the absence of Sheldon and Leonard and company.

NBC got a lift, of course, care of “The Voice,” which finished second in the 8 p.m. hour with an 8.0/13 and will easily dominate the evening in all the key demographics. Lead-out comedies “About a Boy” (#2: 4.8/ 7) and “Growing Up Fisher” (#2: 3.9/ 6) were consistent from one week earlier from 9-10 p.m., which was 40 percent above failed-year ago sitcoms “Go On” (3.7/ 6 on 3/26/13) and “The New Normal” (2.5/ 4). Yes…lead-in still does matter! And an encore of already renewed “Chicago Fire” (#2: 2.5/ 4) beat competing drama “Mind Games” on ABC (series low 1.4/ 2) by 79 percent. Tick, tock…the cancellation clock is ticking on yet another failed Christian Slater series.

Earlier in the evening on ABC were encore telecasts of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (#4: 2.1/ 3), “The Goldbergs” (#4: 2.0/ 3) and “Trophy Wife” (#4t, 1.5/ 2) from 8-10 p.m.

Over at The CW, an encore of the pilot episode of new drama “The 100,” which got off to a positive start last Wednesday, scored a 1.2/ 2 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, that was just 14 percent below an original installment of regularly scheduled occupant “The Originals” one week earlier (1.4/ 2 on March 18). And it led into a 1.5/ 2 for veteran “Supernatural” from 9-10 p.m., which was 15 percent above the 1.3/ 2 one week earlier. Let’s see what happens tonight.

Fox, meanwhile, suffered another series low from relocated “Glee” (#3: 2.2/ 3 at 8 p.m.), which should be moved to Friday at 9 p.m. to burn-off the final episodes next season. And it led into a 2.1/ 3 each for fading “New Girl,” which is not so stylish anymore, and the season-finale of critical darling “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” from 9-10 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.

Additional Ratings Resources

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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.
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The current season full ratings tables for both Total Viewers and 18-49 Demos
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See how all the shows stack up against each other in the Ratings Scorecard Table.

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