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Ratings News - 18th February 2013 (Full Tables Posted)

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)

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.

SUNDAY 2/17/13 Metered Markets

CBS 6.3/10
ABC 3.8/ 6
NBC 3.0/ 5
Fox 2.3/ 4

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 2/19/12:
CBS and Fox: -12 each, ABC: -21, NBC: -30


-Honorable Mention:
60 Minutes (CBS), The Amazing Race (CBS), The Good Wife (CBS), The Mentalist (CBS)

The Cleveland Show (Fox)


-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS finished first in the overnights in each of the eight half-hours on this below-average Sunday with its combination of granddaddy 60 Minutes (7.0 rating/12 share), the winter season-premiere of The Amazing Race (6.1/10), The Good Wife (6.1/ 9) and The Mentalist (6.2/11), which has not benefited since moving from Thursday. Comparatively, The Amazing Race slipped by nine percent from its year-ago season-opener (6.7/10 on 2/19/12, which translated into 10.34 million viewers and a 2.8 rating/7 share among adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data). And the combination of The Good Wife and The Mentalist are, of course, expected to skew older.

To strengthen the evening next season, CBS may want to consider moving either moving NCIS: Los Angeles to Sunday and pairing the proposed new spin-off with NCIS on Tuesday, or positioning the spin-off on Sunday. Stay tuned.

In the distant No. 2 spot last night was ABC with its line-up of America’s Funniest Home Videos (#3: 3.9/ 7), Once Upon a Time (#2: 4.9/ 8), Revenge (#2: 4.4/ 7) and an encore of the pilot episode of Zero Hero, which did not gain many extra eyeballs with a mere 2.1/ 4 in the overnights at 10 p.m. Like The Mentalist, Revenge has suffered ratings erosion since moving to Sunday.

Next was NBC, which led out of Dateline at 7 p.m. (#2: 4.0/ 7) with encores of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (two episodes: #3t, avg. 2.6/ 4 from 8-9 p.m.) and two-hour special Saturday Night Live in the 90s: Pop Culture Nation (2.7/ 5 from 9-11 p.m.).

Fox, which of course cannot be adequately judged by the overnights, featured an encore of The Simpsons at 7 p.m. (#4: 1.5/ 3), followed by the regularly scheduled animated line-up of The Cleveland Show (#4: 1.8/ 3), The Simpsons (#3: 2.8/ 4), Bob’s Burgers (#4: 2.3/ 3), Family Guy (#3: 3.0/ 5) and American Dad (#4: 2.5/ 4). Worth positively noting for Family Guy was overnight growth of 30 percent out of Bob’s Burgers (which will, of course, translate well among adults 18-49).

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Source: Marc Berman@tvmediainsights

About the Daily Ratings

Each day (except Sunday) we post the TV Ratings for the previous night.

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).

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)

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.