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Ratings News - 4th 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.

SUNDAY 3/03/13 Metered Markets

CBS 7.0/11
ABC 4.8/ 8
NBC 3.5/ 6
Fox 2.4/ 4

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 3/05/12:
CBS: - 1, Fox: - 8. NBC: -10, ABC: -19


“60 Minutes” (CBS), “The Amazing Race” (CBS), “The Good Wife” (CBS), “The Mentalist (CBS)

-Respectable Sampling:
“Red Widow” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
There was one series-premiere: ABC drama “Red Widow,” which opened with a two-hour episode. And there was one season-premiere: Perennial NBC reality competition “Celebrity Apprentice.” But it was CBS that took the night in the overnights, beating No. 2 ABC by a considerable 46 percent. The variation among adults 18-49 (and other young adult demos) is, however, expected to be smaller.

CBS opened, of course, with granddaddy newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” and it dominated the 7 p.m. hour with an 8.9 rating/15 share in the overnights. The rest of the Eye net schedule -- “The Amazing Race” (6.2/10), older skewing “The Good Wife” (6.6/10) and “The Mentalist” (6.4/11) from 8-11 p.m. -- won each of the six half hours.

Over at ABC, the two-hour series premiere of aforementioned “Red Widow” finished second in the 9-11 p.m. block with 4.9/ 8 in the overnights. The positive news was almost full retention from lead-in “Once Upon a Time” (#2: 5.0/ 8 from 8-9 p.m.) and consistency in each of the four half-hours (5.0/ 8 – 4.9/ 8 – 5.0/ 8 – 4.7/ 8). But compared to year-go occupants “Desperate Housewives” (6.1/ 9 on 3/04/12) and the series-debut of failed “GCB” (6.0/10), this was a loss of 17 percent. Let’s wait and see what the demos look like.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at a second-place 4.4/ 8 at 7 p.m.

Over at NBC, the season-premiere of “Celebrity Apprentice” slipped by 25 percent from its year-ago season-opener (5.1/ 8 on 2/19/12), with a 3.8/ 6 from 9-11 p.m. But the strength of “Celebrity Apprentice” falls within the young adult demos and it could still have an advantage over the competition. Stay tuned.

Filling the 7-9 p.m. daypart on NBC were two encores of “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (7 p.m.: #3, 2.3/ 4; 7:30 p.m.: #3t, 2.0/ 4) and an 8 p.m. edition of “Dateline,” which finished third with a 4.3/ 7.

Fox capped off the evening with its animated combination of a repeat of “The Simpsons” (#4: 2.1/ 4), “The Cleveland Show” (#3t, 2.0/ 3), the regularly scheduled edition of “The Simpsons” (#4: 3.0/ 5), another episode of “The Cleveland Show” (#4: 2.3/ 3), a repeat of “Family Guy” (#4: 2.6/ 4) and “Bob’s Burgers (#4: 2.2/ 3).

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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The current season full ratings tables for both Total Viewers and 18-49 Demos
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See how all the shows stack up against each other in the Ratings Scorecard Table.

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