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Ratings News - 22nd May 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 5/21/14 Metered Market Ratings
The Battle of the Season-Enders: “American Idol” Bests “Survivor” by 17 Percent

Fox 6.9/11
CBS 5.5/ 9
ABC 4.3/ 7
NBC 3.8/ 6
CW 1.0/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 5/22/13:
Fox: +86, CW: +25, CBS: – 8, ABC: -16, NBC: -17


“Modern Family” (ABC)

-Honorable Mention:
“Survivor: Cagayan” (CBS), “The Middle” (ABC)

-Down but Not Out…Yet:
“American Idol” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Revolution” (NBC), “Mixology” (ABC), ”The 100” (CW), “Motive” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
The season-finale of “American Idol” on Fox proved victorious opposite the season-ending installment of “Survivor: Cagayan” on CBS, with an advantage of 17 percent in the household overnights. But a 6.9 rating/11 share for “Idol” from 8-10 p.m. (peaking at a 7.7/12 at 9:30 p.m.) was 27 percent below the 9.5/16 for the year-ago season-finale (on Thursday, May 16, 2013). And that translated into 14.31 million viewers and a 3.6 rating/11 share among adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data.

“Survivor: Cagayan,” meanwhile, was right on par with the year-ago season-ender (6.0/10 on Sunday, May 12, 2013). And that translated into 10.16 million viewers and a 2.7/ 8 in the demo (based on the Live Plus Dame Day data). So, while “Idol” did rule, “Survivor” truly is the definition of survivor. While I will not give away the winner of “Survivor” for those of you who did not see it yet, I would say the more deserving of the final two won the game, wouldn’t you?

The live “Survivor” Reunion on CBS finished first in the 10 p.m. hour with a 4.5/ 8, which outdelivered the season-finale of competing “Chicago PD” on NBC (4.2/ 7) and the season-premiere of Canadian drama “Motive” on ABC (2.8/ 5) by 7 and 61 percent, respectively.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was the one-hour season-finale of reliable sitcom “The Middle” at a 5.1/ 9 from 8-9 p.m., followed by the wedding of Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) on “Modern Family” at a dominant 7.2/11 in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which topped the night. Both “The Middle” and “Modern Family” were on par from their year-ago season-ending episodes, and “The Middle” into relocated “The Goldbergs” next season should be a compatible fit.

Also on the alphabet net was the final episode of freshman comedy “Mixology,” which earned its cancellation stripes at a fourth-place 2.6/ 4 in the household overnights at 9:30 p.m.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was the series-finale of sophomore drama “Revolution” (#4: 2.8/ 5 at 8 p.m.), followed by the season-finale of “Law & Order: SVU” at a fourth-place 4.4/ 7 from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, both “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago PD” scored their best overnights since April 30. Next season, new drama “The Mysteries of Laura” will anchor Wednesday evening for NBC (into returning “SVU” and “Chicago PD”). But is it really believable seeing Debra Messing packing a pistol?

The CW closed the night was encore of “The 100” (#5: 0.7/ 1 at 8 p.m.) into an original installment at a below average 1.2/ 2 at 9 p.m.

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.

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