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Ratings News - 21st 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.

Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
Idol Leads Fox to Victory

Wednesday 2/20/13
Metered Market Results

Fox 9.3/15
CBS 6.5/10
ABC 4.9/ 8
NBC 3.8/ 6
CW 2.0// 3


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 2/22/12:
CW: +122, NBC: +23, ABC: - 4, CBS: -11, Fox: -13


American Idol (Fox), Arrow (CW), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), CSI (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
Survivor: Caramoan (CBS), The Middle (ABC)

Whitney (NBC), Guys With Kids (NBC), Suburgatory (ABC), 20/20: Mad About Oscar With Katie Couric (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy midweek overnight victory for Fox, with two-hours of American Idol at a 9.3 rating/15 share from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that was 13 percent below the 10.7/17 one year earlier.

CBS, as expected, finished a comfortable second care of its combination of Survivor: Caramoan (#2: 5.7/ 9), Criminal Minds (#2: 7.1/11) and veteran CSI (#1: 6.7/12), which is a shoo-in for a 14th season renewal. But all three hours were on the minor downside from one year earlier, with Survivor off by eight percent from last year’s One World edition, Criminal Minds down by 13 percent, and CSI off by nine percent. As for Survivor: Caramoan, fasten your seatbelts…its looks like a tumultuous season ahead!

Modern Family was the standout on ABC, of course, with a second-place 7.4/11 in the overnights at 9 p.m., which built by 76 percent from wacky lead-in The Neighbors (#3: 4.2/ 7 at 8:30 p.m.). But also worth positively noting on the alphabet net was The Middle, the “Rodney Dangerfield” of sitcoms, which was on the map with a 5.6/ 9 at 8 p.m. Comparably, that was up by six percent year-to-year.

Also on ABC was sophomore Suburgatory (#4: 4.2/ 7 at 9:30 p.m.), which dropped from lead-in Modern Family by 43 percent, and a special 10 p.m. edition of 20/20: Mad About Oscar With Katie Couric at a third-place 4.1/ 7. It looks like the audience in primetime is not “mad about” Katie Couric.

Over at NBC, 8-9 p.m. comedies Whitney (#4: 2.7/ 4) and Guys With Kids (#4: 2.5/ 4) continue to flounder. But veteran Law & Order: SVU perked up to a 4.3/ 7 (#4) from 9-10 p.m., which was 72 percent above Guys With Kids, and freshman Chicago Fire finished second at 10 p.m. with a 4.5/ 8.

The CW capped off the evening with Arrow, which earned its renewal stripes at a 2.5/ 4 at 8 p.m., followed by veteran Supernatural at a 1.5/ 2 (#4) at 9 p.m. Although the overnight retention for Supernatural out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of Arrow (2.4/ 4) was only 62 percent, the gap in the young adult demos is expected to be much smaller. Arrow, meanwhile, increased from year-ago occupant One Tree Hill (1.4/ 3 on 2/22/12) by 71 percent.

In late night, Jay Leno on NBC led the 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. hour, with a 2.7/ 8 in the overnights (3.2/ 8 to 2.2/ 6 by half-hour: - 4 percent from the year-ago evening). Next was David Letterman on CBS at a 2.6/ 7 (3.1/ 8 to 2.1/ 6: no change), followed by relocated Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC at a 2.1/ 6 (2.5/ 6 to 1.6/ 5). Comparably, Kimmel in the 11:30 p.m. half-hour was 19 percent below year-ago occupant Nightline. But the audience skew will be much younger, and that is what the advertisers care about.

Diluted Nightline in the 12:30 a.m. half-hour, meanwhile, dipped to a 1.3/ 4.

Jimmy Fallon on NBC (1.5/ 4 to 1.1/ 4) and Craig Ferguson on CBS (1.4/ 5 to 1.1/ 4) tied in the 12:30-1:30 a.m. block, each with an average 1.3/ 5 in the overnights. And Carson Daly on NBC capped off late night with a typical 0.8/ 4 at 1:30 a.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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)

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