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Ratings News - 28th March 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
Fox Wins, but “American Idol” Sinks to a Season Low

Wednesday 3/27/13
Metered Market Results

Fox 8.3/13
ABC 4.6/ 8
CBS 4.6/ 8
NBC 3.9/ 6
CW 1.8/ 3


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 3/29/12:
NBC: +56, ABC: +44, CW: +38, CBS: -15, Fox: -30


“American Idol” (Fox), “Survivor: Caramoan” (CBS), “Arrow” (CW), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Chicago Fire” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Whitney” (NBC), “Suburgatory” (ABC), “Nashville” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Two-hours of “American Idol” on Fox topped this final Wednesday in March, with an 8.3 rating/13 share in the overnights. But, comparably, this was a season low with erosion from the year-ago telecast (11.8/19 on 3/29/12) of 30 percent. Yes, that is significant.

CBS, which tied ABC for second overall because it aired repeats of “Criminal Minds” and “CSI,” opened the evening with “Survivor: Caramoan” at a second-place 6.2/10 at 8 p.m. Unlike “American Idol,” which has sprung a major leak, year-to-year erosion for “Survivor” was only five percent (versus a 6.5/11 on 3/29/12). Too bad this is such a weak season creatively, through. The aforementioned encores of “Criminal Minds” (#4: 3.4/ 6) and “CSI” (#2: 4.3/ 8) followed from 9-11 p.m.

Two on the fence sitcoms ended their seasons (or series runs) last night. Freshman “The Neighbors” on ABC finished third at 8:30 p.m. with a 3.9/ 6 and retention out of lead-in “The Middle” (#3: 5.1/ 9 at 8 p.m.) of 76 percent. Chances of “The Neighbors” returning next season: 50-50 at best.

Competing sophomore “Whitney” on NBC, meanwhile, aired two original episodes (including the season, or series, finale at 8:30 p.m.). Both half-hours finished a distant fourth with a 2.4/ 4 at 8 p.m. and a 2.2/ 4 at 8:30 p.m. Chances of “Whitney” returning next season: nil. NBC should not have renewed this ratings and laugh-challenged series for a second season to begin with.

Also on ABC was beloved “Modern Family” at a second-place 6.8/11 at 9 p.m., followed by sophomore “Suburgatory” (#3: 3.9/ 6) and freshman drama “Nashville” (#3: 3.9/ 7) from 9:30-11 p.m. With retention of only 57 percent for “Suburgatory” out of “Modern Family,” ABC would be wise to cut its losses and issue a pink slip. As for “Nashville,” nice try, but the ratings do not warrant a second season.

Also on NBC was “Law & Order: SVU” at a third-place 4.7/ 8 at 9 p.m., followed by compatible “Chicago Fire” at a dominant 4.8/ 8 at 10 p.m. Comparably, “Chicago Fire” built from year-ago occupant “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (2.6/ 5 on 3/28/12) by 81 percent. And both “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago Fire” rose to their best overnights since February 13.

The CW capped off the evening with reliable “Arrow” (#5: 2.1/ 3), which built from the year-ago telecast of “One Tree Hill” (1.2/ 2 on 3/28/12) by 75 percent, and veteran “Supernatural,” with a 1.5/ 2 (#5) at 9 p.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)

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.

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