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Ratings News - 24th April - 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.

Wednesday 4/23/14 Metered Market Ratings
ABC’s “Modern Family” Tops the Evening
Fox 5.8/ 9
CBS 5.1/ 8
ABC 4.0/ 7
NBC 2.9/ 5
CW 1.6/ 3

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 4/24/13:
ABC: +25, CBS: no change, CW: -16, NBC: -27, Fox: -33

“Survivor” (CBS), “Modern Family” (ABC)

-Honorable Mention:
“The Middle” (ABC)

-Fading Fast:
“American Idol” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Mixology” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Two-hours of “American Idol” led Fox to more Wednesday overnight victory, but a 5.8 rating/9 share in households for the tired singing competition was down by 33 percent from the 8.6/14 on the year-ago evening. “Idol” last night trailed both “Survivor” on CBS (#1: 5.9/10 from 8-9 p.m.) and “Modern Family” on ABC (#1: 6.7/10 at 9 p.m.). Although “Modern Family” was the top-rated show of the evening, traveling to another destination is always a “jump the shark” risk for any aging sitcom. Think “Everybody Loves Raymond” in Italy, “The Facts of Life” in Paris and Australia, “Growing Pains” in Paris, and countless others. And, yes, the entire family traveled to Australia on “Modern Family.”

As for “American Idol,” the diminished ratings do not mean Fox will be swinging the axe anytime soon.

Airing out of dominant “Survivor” on CBS (which will have a stronger advantage demographically over “American Idol” than the five percent in the overnights) were encore telecasts of “Criminal Minds” (#3: 4.5/ 7) and “CSI” (#1: 4.8/ 8) from 9-11 p.m. Chances are the Eye net’s Wednesday line-up will remain intact next season.

Over at ABC, rumors point to a potential second season renewal for recent Wednesday 9:30 p.m. sitcom entry “Mixology.” But an anemic (and fourth-place) 2.8/ 4 in the household overnights was 58 percent below aforementioned lead-in “Modern Family.” Let it go, ABC. Earlier in the evening on the alphabet net were comedies “The Middle” (#3: 5.0/ 8 at 8 p.m.), which remains an unsung hero in primetime, and “Suburgatory” (#3: 3.6/ 6 at 8:30 p.m.), which is likely to earn a fourth season renewal to rack up more episodes for off-network.

Sophomore “Nashville,” which is likely to snag a renewal due to the merits of the drama (and not the ratings), closed the night with a second-place 3.0/ 5 at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, reliable “Arrow” on The CW (#5: 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.) led into recent entry “The 100 Hundred” (#5: 1.5/ 2), which built by one-tenth of a rating point (or seven percent) from one week earlier. Chances of a second season renewal are positive. And NBC traveled the repeat route with its line-up of two episodes of “Law & Order: SVU” (8 p.m.: #4: 2.9/ 5; 9 p.m.: #4: 3.1/ 5) and “Chicago PD” (#3: 2.7/ 5). To the fans of “Revolution” wondering when it will be returning, it will be back next week. But odds of a third season are only 50/50.

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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