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Ratings News - 9th 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.

Thursday 5/08/14 Metered Markets
CBS Rules, but All Five Nets Down Year-to-Year

CBS 5.9/10
ABC 3.9/ 6
Fox 3.5/ 6
NBC 2.3/ 4
CW 1.2/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 5/09/13:
NBC: – 4, CW: -14, CBS: -27, ABC: -29, Fox: -45


“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Two and a Half Men” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

“Bad Teacher” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Hollywood Game Night” (NBC), “The American Comedy Awards” (NBC), “Black Box” (ABC)


Ratings Breakdown:
Year-to-year overnight erosion was the immediate observation with CBS’ victory a reflection of “The Big Bang Theory,” of course. “Big Bang” topped the night at a 9.9 rating/17 share in households at 8 p.m., and it led into time period dependent “The Millers” at a dominant 5.8/ 9 at 8:30 p.m. While CBS will, no doubt, be boasting at its upfront presentation how “The Millers” is the highest rated new sitcom this season, keep in mind that the overnight erosion out of Sheldon, Leonard and company last night was 41 percent. That is significant.

The season-finale of CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” also scored a 5.8/ 9 at 9 p.m. (a close No. 2 behind “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC), but full retention out of “The Millers” is a positive worth noting. Far less significant was episode three of lead-out “Bad Teacher” at a 3.9/ 6 (#2) at 9:30 p.m., which dropped by nine percent from one week earlier and 33 percent from “Two and a Half Men.” Three-week overnight track for “Bad Teacher”: 5.1/ 8 – 4.3/ 7 – 3.9/ 6.

The Eye net’s older-skewing “Elementary” perked up to a dominant 5.2/ 9 in the overnights at 10 p.m., but that was 16 percent below the 6.2/11 on the year-ago evening.

In other week three news, ABC drama “Black Box” finished second in the 10 p.m. hour with a 3.4/ 6. Comparably, that was 13 percent below one week earlier, with retention out of lead-in “Grey’s Anatomy” (#1: 6.0/ 9 from 9-10 p.m.) of just 57 percent. Comparably, this should translate into only about a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49. Three-week overnight track for “Black Box”: 4.6/ 8 – 3.9/ 7 – 3.4/ 6.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was an encore of “Grey’s Anatomy” at a fourth-place 2.3/ 4 at 8 p.m.

In the specials depart, “The American Comedy Awards” on NBC was not so funny at an anemic 2.3/ 4 from 9-11 p.m. Just one-tenth of a rating point higher was lead-in “Hollywood Game Night” at a distant third-place 2.4/ 4 from 8-9 p.m.

Elsewhere, demo friendly “Hell’s Kitchen” on Fox (#2: 3.0/ 5 at 8 p.m.) led into a 5.0/ 8 at 9 p.m. (#3) for diluted “American Idol” at 9 p.m., which dropped by a hefty 40 percent from the 8.4/14 on the year-ago evening (at 8 p.m.). Both “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.3/ 2) and “Reign” (#5: 1.1/ 2) on The CW were on par from one week earlier.

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.

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