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Ratings News - 8th 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.

Monday 4/07/14 Metered Markets
NCAA Basketball Rules on CBS

CBS 9.5/15
ABC 8.1/13
NBC 6.0/ 9
Fox 3.8/ 6
CW 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 4/08/13:
Fox: + 6, CW: no change, ABC: – 1, CBS: – 4, NBC: -20


NCAA Basketball Tournament (CBS), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “The Voice” (NBC)

“The Following” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Star-Crossed” (CW), “American Dream Builders” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS rose to the top of the Monday overnights care of the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament, Kentucky vs. Connecticut from Arlington, Texas, at an estimated 14.2 rating/23 share in households (peaking in the 11:30 p.m. half-hour at a 17.3/32). Comparably, this was 10 percent above the 12.9/21 for Michigan vs. Louisville in the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament on the year-ago evening (and that translated into 24.43 million viewers and an 8.4 rating/22 share among adults 18-49, based on the live plus same day data).

The NCAA Basketball Pre-Game in the 9 p.m. half-hour averaged an estimated 7.5/12 in the overnights. As a reminder, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

Earlier in the evening on the Eye net was an encore of sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” at a 4.6/ 7 (#3) in the 8 p.m. half-hour, followed by more basketball pre-game coverage at a 3.8/ 6 (#4) at 8:30 p.m.

Despite the increased competition, ABC and NBC got plenty of mileage out of “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Voice.” “Dancing With the Stars” scored a 9.6/14 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., which was equal to one week earlier. And “The Voice,” which will hold a considerable advantage in the young adult demos, averaged a 7.4/11. And that too was on par from last week.

More viewers, of course, tuned into recent NBC non-scripted entry “American Dream Builders,” with a third-place 3.2/ 5 out of “The Voice” at 10 p.m. But that trailed an encore of competing “Castle” on ABC (#2: 5.2/ 8) by 38 percent, and retention for the Nate Berkus-hosted hour out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “The Voice” (7.4/11) was only 43 percent.

Elsewhere, veteran “Bones” on Fox perked up to a 4.3/ 7 (#4) in the overnights at 8 p.m., which was 13 percent above the 3.8/ 6 one week earlier. But sophomore lead-out “The Following,” which was already renewed for season two, was flat at a 3.3/ 5 (#4). Comparably, that was 23 percent below the 4.3/ 6 on the year-ago evening. The CW, meanwhile, could not compete with its recent drama entry “Star-Crossed” (#5: 0.9/ 1) and a repeat of “Beauty and the Beast” (#5: 0.5/ 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.
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