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Ratings News - 2nd 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.

Metered Market Tuesday Ratings
Clean sweep for CBS

Tuesday 4/01/14

CBS 9.5/15
NBC 4.8/ 8
ABC 2.6/ 4
Fox 1.9/ 3
CW 0.6/ 1


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 4/02/13
CBS: +56, CW: +20, NBC: – 2, ABC: -62, Fox: -30


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

-Not the Success Everyone Was Expecting:
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Glee” (Fox), “The Mindy Project” (Fox), “Trophy Wife” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was another clean overnight household sweep for CBS with its combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 11.1 rating/18 share), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9.8/15) and “Person of Interest” (7.6/13). But “The Voice” on NBC (#2: 7.7/12 at 8 p.m.), of course, will top the night among adults 18-49 (and the other key demos). And the ample lead-in support from “The Voice” remains beneficial to 9-10 p.m. lead-out comedies “About a Boy” (#2: 4.7/ 7) and “Growing Up Fisher” (#4: 3.7/ 6), which were close to week-ago levels and were the #1 choices for comedy in the hour.

An encore of already renewed “Chicago Fire” closed the night for NBC with a second-place 2.5/ 4 at 10 p.m.

In series-return news, Fox’s sophomore “The Mindy Project” (which has clearly not earned its third season renewal) scored a series-low (and distant fourth-place) 1.6/ 3 in the overnights from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, that was 20 percent below the second-half of dying lead-in “Glee” (2.0/ 3 at 8:30 p.m.) and it trailed competing ABC comedies “The Goldbergs” (#3: 2.9/ 5) and “Trophy Wife” (#3: 2.1/ 3), which are also struggling, by 36 percent. NBC’s aforementioned “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher,” no doubt, had the advantage because they air out of “The Voice.” Note to Fox: Maybe you should reverse that decision to renew “The Mindy Project.”

Overall, “Glee” averaged a series-low 2.1/ 3 from 8-9 p.m., which was 42 percent below year-ago occupant “Hell’s Kitchen” (3.6/ 6 on 4/02/13). Like all high school based dramas historically (think “Room 222,” “The White Shadow” and “Fame”), the window of success is limited for “Glee.”

Earlier in the evening on ABC was “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which averaged a disappointing third-place 3.5/ 6 from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, that trailed failed year-ago reality/competition “Splash” (4.2/ 7 on 4/02/13) by 17 percent.

A repeat of “Resurrection” in place of canceled drama “Mind Games” closed the night for ABC with a third-place 1.8/ 3 at 10 p.m. And The CW traveled the repeat route courtesy of “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 0.6/ 1) and promising “The Hundred” (#5: 0.7/ 1).

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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