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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)

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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.

MONDAY 4/21/14 METERED MARKETS
ABC Leads; NBC Will Win Night in the Key Demos

Household Rating/Share
ABC 8.4/13
NBC 7.1/11
CBS 4.0/ 6
Fox 3.7/ 6
CW 0.8/ 1

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 4/22/13:
CW: +33, CBS: +14, NBC: - 1, ABC: - 8, Fox: -21

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-Winners:
“Dancing With the Stars”
(ABC), “The Voice” (NBC), “The Blacklist” (NBC)

-Fading Fast:
“The Following” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Friends With Better Lives” (CBS), “Star-Crossed” (CW), “The Tomorrow People” (CW)

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-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC opened the week on a winning overnight note, beating No. 2 NBC by 26 percent. But the home of “The Voice” will, no doubt, dominate the evening in all key demographics. “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC topped the night in households with a 9.5 rating/15 share from 8-10 p.m., which was on par from the 9.7/15 on the year-ago evening. And it led into a second-place 6.2/10 for “Castle” at 10 p.m., which trailed bona fide freshman hit “The Blacklist” on NBC (#1: 7.1/12) by 13 percent. Demographically, “The Blacklist” will hold a much greater advantage.

With the broadcast nets setting up the schedule blueprints for next season, here is an idea for NBC that could be the most aggressive maneuver of any network. Move “The Blacklist” from Monday at 10 p.m. (which would allow a new drama to benefit out of “The Voice”) to Thursday at 9 p.m. (into a new drama), which would give NBC a much-needed facelift on the evening. If NBC is concerned about competing with Thursday Night Football on CBS, open the sophomore season of “The Blacklist” on Monday where it is established and move it to Thursday after football. Food for thought, no doubt.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was “The Voice” at a solid 7.1/11 (#2) from 8-10 p.m., which was equal to one week earlier (and will dominate demographically).

On CBS, relocated “2 Broke Girls” finished third at 8 p.m., with a 4.8/ 8 in the household overnights. But that 4.8 was 11 percent below the 5.4 one week earlier. Next was episode three of grating “Friends With Better Lives,” which slipped by 12 percent week-to-week with a third-place 3.8/ 6 at 8:30 p.m. Comparably, retention for “Friends With Better Lives” out of “2 Broke Girls” was 79 percent. Note to CBS (and all networks): Enough with these sitcoms populated with young people whining about their love lives. Is it really that bad?

Next on the Eye net was “Mike & Molly,” which perked up to a 5.0/ 8 at 9 p.m. (#3), followed by Monday encores of “The Big Bang Theory” (#3: 4.5/ 7) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (#3: 2.9/ 5) from 9:30-11 p.m.

Elsewhere, veteran “Bones” on Fox (#4: 4.2/ 6) led into a fourth-place 3.2/ 5 for “The Following” at 9 p.m., which dropped by 32 percent from the 4.7/ 7 on the year-ago evening. In other words: nothing unusual. And CW dramas “Star-Crossed” and relocated “The Tomorrow People” each averaged a 0.8/ 1.

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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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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