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Ratings News - 28th February 2013 (Full Tables Added)

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
Diluted Fox Remains the Dominant Player

Wednesday 2/27/13
Metered Market Results

Note: Oklahoma City is not included in the following averages.

Fox 8.8/14
CBS 6.6/11
ABC 4.9/ 8
NBC 3.8/ 6
CW 2.0// 3


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 3/01/12:
CW: +67. NBC: +23, CBS: - 7, ABC: -16, Fox: -24


“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), “Nashville” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was another midweek overnight victory for Fox care of two-hours of “American Idol,” which averaged an 8.8 rating/14 share from 8-10 p.m. (peaking at 9:30 p.m. at a 9.1/14). Comparably, however, this was still a loss of 24 percent from the year-ago evening. But a win is still a win.

Second-place CBS, which was close to year-ago levels, featured its regularly scheduled combination of “Survivor: Caramoan” (#2: 5.9/10), “Criminal Minds” (#2: 7.2/12) and “CSI” (#1: 6.7/12). And there is no reason to believe this line-up will change next season.

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As we say every week, “Modern Family” was the standout on ABC with a second-place 7.5/12 in the overnights at 9 p.m. last night (-10 percent from one year earlier). And “The Middle” at 8 p.m. was on the map with a third-place 5.5/ 9 at 8 p.m. (- 5 percent from the year-ago night). But sandwiched in between is freshman “The Neighbors,” which dropped off to a typical 4.1/ 7 (#3) at 8:30 p.m. And sophomore “Suburgatory” dipped by 43 percent from “Modern Family” to a fourth-place 4.2/ 7 at 9:30 p.m. That said, ABC may want to think its strategy out of these protected time periods next season.

At 10 p.m., ABC’s critically acclaimed “Nashville” did not impress with a third-place 3.9/ 7, which was 32 percent below year-ago occupant “Revenge” (5.7/10 on 3/01/12).

Over at The CW, freshman “Arrow” earned its renewal stripes with a 2.5/ 4 in the overnights at 8 p.m. -- up 79 percent from year-ago occupant “One Tree Hill” (1.4/ 2 on 3/01/12). And that led into also renewed “Supernatural” at a typical 1.6/ 2 at 9 p.m., which with the lead-in support is an improvement over its year-ago delivery on Friday.

NBC continues to struggle in the Wednesday 8-9 p.m. hour, meanwhile, with sitcoms “Whitney” (#4: 2.7/ 4) and “Guys With Kids” (#4t, 2.5/ 4). Both should be facing the chopping block in the near future. But veteran “Law & Order: SVU” perked up to a 4.4/ 7 from 9-10 p.m. (#4, +100 percent from year-ago occupant “Rock Center With Brian Williams”) and compatible “Chicago Fire,” also from Dick Wolf, held in the overnights with a 4.5/ 8 at 10 p.m. “Chicago Fire” is a shoo-in for renewal, while the potential return of “SVU” depends on if a financial deal can be arranged.

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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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.

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