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Ratings News - 5th March 2014

Today's Early Overnight 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 3/04/14 Metered Market Ratings
Promising Results for “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher” on NBC

CBS 9.1/14
NBC 5.8/ 9
ABC 2.6/ 4
Fox 2.1/ 3
CW 1.4/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 3/05/13:
NBC: +152, CW: +55, CBS: – 6, ABC: -24, Fox: -73


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

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

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC)

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


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean Tuesday overnight household sweep for CBS, which finished first in each of the six half hours care of “NCIS” (#1 for the evening: 11.1 rating/17 share), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9.0/14) and “Person of Interest” (7.2/12). But “The Voice” on NBC, which scored a second-place 8.7/13 from 8-9 p.m., is a lock to lead the evening in adults 18-49 (and other key young adult demographics).

In episode two news (last week were encores of the pilots), NBC comedies “About a Boy” (5.1/ 8) and “Growing Up Fisher” (4.1/ 6) finished second behind “NCIS: Los Angeles” in the 9 p.m. hour. Comparably, “About a Boy” built from failed year-ago time period occupant “Go On” with Matthew Perry (2.3/ 4 on 3/05/13 out of a 2.3/ 4 for “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”) by 122 percent, with 57 percent retention out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “The Voice” (9.0/14). And “Growing Up Fisher” increased from short-lived year-ago occupant “The New Normal” (1.9/ 3 on 3/05/13) by 116 percent. Stay tuned for the demo results, which could be a close call for time period dominance opposite “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

NBC closed the night with sophomore “Chicago Fire” at a second-place 4.2/ 7 at 10 p.m., which was 68 percent above failed year-ago occupant “Smash” (2.5/ 4 on 3/05/13).

In week two news, ABC drama “Mind Games” slipped to a very last-place 1.8/ 3 in the overnights at 10 p.m., which was down by 33 percent from its anemic opener (2.7/ 5 on Feb. 25). One year earlier, former time period occupant “Body of Proof” scored a 4.6/ 8. Chalk up another failure for Christian Slater. Note to ABC: Not every older-skewing entry is worth prematurely cancelling.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” at a below average 3.5/ 5 (#3) at 8 p.m., which was only a slight improvement from the 3.3/ 5 for year-ago time period occupant “Celebrity Wife Swap.” And lead-out 9-10 p.m. sitcoms “The Goldbergs” (#3: 2.9/ 4) and “Trophy Wife” (#3: 2.1/ 3) trailed aforementioned “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher” on NBC by an average of 46 percent.

Elsewhere, Fox could not compete with its revamped combination of “Glee” (#4: 2.1/ 3), “New Girl” (#4: 2.1/ 3) and critical darling “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 2.0/ 5), which like “Arrested Development” before it will never attract a mass audience. And The CW scored an identical 1.4/ 2 in the overnights each for already renewed dramas “The Originals” and “Supernatural” from 8-10 p.m.

In late night, the gap of leadership was narrowed in the 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. hour. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” dipped to a series low 3.5/ 9 in the overnights, which was 12 percent below the 4.0/10 for Jay Leno on the year-ago evening. Second was “The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS at a 2.3/ 6 (equal to one year earlier), followed by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC at a 1.7/ 3 (also equal).

The second Tuesday of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” won the 12:30-1:30 a.m. block, with a 1.7/ 6. But that was 23 percent below the 2.2/ 8 on the week-ago evening. Yes, NBC is now settling in. “Nightline” on ABC and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” each scored a 1.1/ 4. Carson Daly capped off the night for NBC with a 1.0/ 4 in the 1:30 a.m. half-hour.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

About the Daily Ratings

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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.

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